WHAT'S THE PURPOSE OF EXERCISE?
Exercising helps kick-start your metabolism so it runs at an optimum rate to help detoxify your body and lose weight. If a person's body is overburdened with toxins, than the metabolism is going to be "sluggish." Exercise is the sure and natural way to increase the rate of metabolism.
I FEEL HUNGRY DURING THE DAY, WHY CAN'T I EAT MUCH FOOD?
The purpose of reducing food intake while cleansing is not to cut calories, but to give your digestive tract a break so that your body can more easily detoxify. Limiting vegetables and snacks specifically is designed to allow cleansing to take place.
WHY CELERY AND CUCUMBER AND ALMOND SNACKS?
If you feel hungry during the day, it is best to eat vegetables (such as cucumber or celery) or half a dozen raw (not salted, baked or oiled) almonds. In order to give your digestive tract a break, fiber is very important for the detoxification process and these recommended vegetables are high in fiber. Celery is an excellent source of vitamin C and a very good source of dietary fiber. It also has properties that are known to reduce blood pressure. Cucumber is also a good source of fiber, plus the added bonus of vitamin C, silica, potassium and magnesium. While raw almonds are high in fat, they are also helpful to lose weight. WHAT FOODS CAN I ENJOY?
Drink plenty of purified water only. Eat protein, like chicken (broiled or grilled), fish (steamed, broiled or grilled) or turkey (broiled or grilled). Never fry food while cleansing and try to avoid butter or dressings on the meat or fish. Pepper and small amounts of salt are okay. Freshly squeezed lemon on fish is encouraged.
Additionally, eat a good serving of raw or steamed vegetables, such as broccoli, asparagus, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes and zucchini. Blanching them in water is fine, but do not cook vegetables in oil and if you eat them raw, limit the use of salad dressing. Remember the purpose of these foods isnít just to supply low calories, but to give your digestive system a break so that your body can detoxify while cleansing.
WHAT FOODS SHOULD I AVOID?
Try to avoid soft drinks and alcohol. It is also best to avoid coffee, for the very toxins that are in coffee are what you are trying to cleanse out of your body. Try drinking a caffeine free herb tea instead of coffee and you might find that your craving for coffee goes away. If you must drink coffee, drink the least amount possible while cleansing and make it black. Avoid all foods except for those listed above Ė including potatoes, grains, dairy, beef, pork, sugar, honey, corn-based products, eggs, cheese, excess salt, any and all processed foods, excess salt and alcohol.
CAN I EAT OTHER TYPES OF VEGETABLES?
We suggest that you eat celery and cucumber for the reasons above. If you would like to eat other vegetables in addition to these, consider broccoli, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and lettuce. But, avoid artichokes, all beans, carrots, corn and peas.
CAN I EAT FRUIT WHILE ON THE CLEANSE?
Avoid all fruit while cleansing to lose weight. Fruit, in general, is good for you. If you just want to detoxify, you may eat a small amount of fruit and if you want to lose weight, than avoid fruit altogether.
CAN I EAT OILS?
The recommended program discourages the use of salad dressing or other oils. If you feel you must have oil with your vegetables than use a small about of extra virgin olive oil or fish oil.
CAN I EAT MORE DUE TO THE FACT THAT I WORK OUT A LOT AND BURN MANY CALORIES?
During the weeks you are cleansing, the goal is to give your digestive system a break so that you may detoxify better. This is even more important than not eating because you don't want to add calories to your diet. The purpose of doing exercise each day is to stimulate your metabolism, rather than to just burn calories. So, if you must eat more while cleansing, simply snack on more vegetables or almonds, or add a second low calorie meal during the day. Otherwise, try to stay with the program as much as possible.
SHOULD A 250-POUND MAN EAT MORE ON THE CLEANSE THAN A 150-POUND WOMAN?
See answer above.
I STRENUOUSLY WORK OUT THREE DAYS A WEEK. IS THAT ENOUGH?
Exercising for a short period each day is better than exercising strenuously for longer periods over fewer days. If you cannot exercise each day, do as many days as possible.
WHAT IF I FOLLOW THE PROGRAM AND DON'T LOSE WEIGHT?
It is important that you view losing weight as a process, rather than a "one shot cure." Anyone can lose weight if they follow the NuLean Program, but some people lose weight faster than others. It is important to realize that you will lose weight at a rate that is right for your body. Even if you don't lose a lot of weight the first week, your body will still start detoxifying, which has great health benefits.
WHY DO YOU USE WHEY PROTEIN?
Protein is necessary for detoxification and whey protein is the best type of powdered protein for this purpose. Whey is recognized for its excellent amino acid profile, rapid digestion, and beneficial variety of peptides. Whey is also the only protein powder that is alkaline forming in the body. While all the other types of protein powders (rice, egg, soy) are acid forming. An alkaline body is a healthy body; an acid body is an unhealthy body.
IF IíM LACTOSE INTOLERANT, CAN I TAKE WHEY PROTEIN?
There are two basic types of whey protein: whey protein isolate, and whey protein concentrate. Whey protein isolate is the most pure and concentrated form of whey protein available. It contains 90 percent or more protein and very little (if any) fat and lactose. In essence, the dairy is removed from the whey, leaving only the amino acids. Whey protein concentrate, on the other hand, has anywhere from 29 to 89 percent protein, which means far more fat and/or lactose in the powder. Research shows individuals with lactose intolerance generally have no trouble taking a high quality protein isolates, such as that in the protein powder. Individuals with lactose intolerance should avoid whey protein concentrates thought, since they contain lactose.
SHOULD I DO THE NULEAN WEIGHT-LOSS CLEANSE IF I'M ON MEDICATION?
The NuLean cleanse is all natural and normally does not conflict with medication. However some medication, like anti-depressants, promote weight-gain. If you are on an anti-depressant, you may not lose weight as quickly or effectively as those who are not on one. Always check with your medical practitioner if you are taking any medication before starting this diet.
I CAN BUY INEXPENSIVE PROTEIN POWDER AT THE HEALTH FOOD STORE, WHY DO I NEED TO BUY NULEAN PROTEIN POWDER?
Just as not all cars are created equal, not all protein powder is created equal. The NuLean "protein powder" is far more than just a protein powder. NuLeanís powder utilizes whey protein isolate and a proprietary combination of fibers specifically designed to assist in detoxifying the body. There is also what is called FOSs in the NuLean protein powder. These are special nutrients that feed the "friendly bacteria" in your gut, which is extremely important for detoxifying the body. In addition, NuLean protein powder uses the least amount of "sugary" flavor enhancements, which are found in almost all other protein powders and provides high quality digestive enzymes.
I FEEL TOO TIRED TO EXERCISE, IS THAT COMMON?
For the first 10-20 minutes, it is not unusual to feel tired as you are walking. The idea is to walk at a comfortable pace. At some point you should feel your energy level go up. Increase your speed, as you feel more energetic.
MY HUSBAND IS LOSING WEIGHT FASTER THAN ME. WHAT'S THE DEAL?
Generally speaking, men tend to lose weight faster than women. This is because the female body is designed to hold onto fat for the purpose of bearing children. In fact, some research studies suggest that when a woman starts exercising the body will work extra hard to hold onto pounds. The solution is to keep going; the weight will come off.
I LOST WEIGHT WELL DURING THE FIRST WEEK, BUT SEEMED TO HAVE STALLED NOW.
The body loses weight at its own natural pace. If you continue as instructed, your weight should continue to come off. You can also increase your exercise. Walk faster or try 30-minute instead of 20-minute walks, and monitor your diet to make sure you don't eat any of the foods to avoid.
ISN'T THIS CLEANSING JUST CAUSING A WATER LOSS?
When the doctors did the clinical study with the NuLean cleanse, they measured the body fat percentage among the participants. There was an average drop of 3.8 percent after cleansing. Considering your body is 70 percent water, whenever you lose or gain weight, a part of it is always "water weight." The body fat loss, as indicated in the study, however, showed that people doing the NuLean Program didn't just lose water weight, they lost fat. It is also worth noting that if you drink the recommended eight glasses of water a day while doing the Program, it is almost impossible to lose "just water weight" while you are drinking so much water.
I JUST STARTED THE DIET AND MY ENERGY LEVEL IS LOW.
It is not unusual for someone to experience a dip in energy during the first day or two of the Program. This can be a sign that your body is starting to detoxify and burn its fat stores. Just continue with the diet and by the end of the week you will probably feel more energetic than you normally do.
CAN I DRINK COFFEE?
Most coffee sold in America is toxic to the body and would actually stop the detoxification process. Many people report that they tried to quit coffee before doing the Program and were unable to do so, but able to quit while cleansing. It's the perfect time to do so, because cravings for sugar, junk and caffeine generally diminish while doing the NuLean Program. If you can do without caffeine, do so. If you have to have some, drink as little as possible and try not to add milk or cream. Also consider trying a cup of decaffeinated green tea, which boasts natural antioxidants.
MY CHOLESTEROL LEVELS ARE HIGH. CAN I DO THIS DIET?
It is always a good idea to check with your physician before starting a diet. In the research study done with the Program, those with high cholesterol saw an average drop of 26.45 mg/dl and triglycerides dropped an average of 22.31 mg/dl.
I HAVE SOME TROUBLE AREAS WHERE I HAVE NOT LOST INCHES.
Keep in mind that any weight-loss is a health benefit for you. You can try some special exercises to tone the muscles in those troublesome areas. Specific exercises are available in many books and on the Internet at many sites.
SHOULD I START THE CLEANSE IF I'M HAVING MY MENSTRUAL CYCLE?
It is not recommended that women do Phase One if you are having your menstrual cycle Ė due largely to the fact that the body tends to hold onto water and fat during the menstrual cycle. Any other time of month is fine to do Phase One.
IF I AM RECEIVING TREATMENT FOR ANOTHER HEALTH PROBLEM OR CONDITION, CAN I STILL CLEANSE?
Children and adolescents, pregnant or breast feeding women, and people with significant health problems including bulimia, heart disease, kidney disease, or diabetes, should not begin this Program without authorization from their primary care physician. If you are under treatment for other conditions or taking medications prescribed by your health care provider, you should tell your doctor before starting this Program. In some cases, adjustments to medications or modifications to the Program may be appropriate.
IíM LOSING WEIGHT BUT ALSO EXPERIENCING OTHER NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS. WHAT GIVES?
Weight-loss can produce physical changes in the body, such as interruptions in the menstrual cycle, temporary hair loss, and dizziness. Such changes may indicate more serious health complications. Report any such changes that you notice to your primary care provider. Keep in mind that weight-loss can reduce many of the risks associated with being overweight and obese: increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, some forms of cancer, gall bladder disease, osteoarthritis, stroke, and sleep apnea, among other illnesses. Losing even small amounts of weight (five to ten percent of body weight) may reduce these risks.