18 lbs of *what*? Would be my question... you can only lose so much fat in a week, certainly not any where close to 18 lbs. So most of it is fluid, lean muscle/tissue, food in the digestive tract, etc. Is it really worth all that?
Cleanses are essentially starvation dressed up to look like some New Aged health fad. There is no scientific evidence that supports they have any health benefits. They are unhealthy, unnecessary and an ineffective long term weight loss strategy.
What type of weight you lose matters. When you lose weight, not only do you lose fat but fluid and lean muscle/tissue as well. If you want most of your weight loss to be concentrated on fat loss you will care what type of weight you're losing and see that actual fat loss is more important than overall scale loss.
If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Anything worth doing is worthwhile. We all start this wanting the weight off NOW! Ugh, been there... so anxious, so hard and unfamiliar in the beginning but trust me on this, if you take your time losing weight and becoming a healthier you. Focus on making improvements to your life, health, relationship with food, activity level, etc. your weight loss will be maintained long term. 80-90% of people who lose weight, gain it all back and then some within 2 years.... those are the statistics. You need to find out what those 10-20% of people are doing right. I guarantee it's not following pseudoscience with big claims and big promises.
Take your focus off the Marshmallow. www.leangains.com/2010/01/marshmallo
"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. If you don't want to get bulky, lift heavy!
I can bench Nicole Richie, eat more than she does in a day before noon, I have a good 20 lbs on her but could still wear her pants.
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