From coconut water to quinoa, we’re constantly hearing about the many nutritional benefits of things that have been under our noses for a very long time. The latest example being aloe vera.
Not only is it great for soothing burned skin, the gel from the plant is said to be great for detoxifying, aiding digestion, as well as lowering cholesterol and blood sugar, leading people around the globe to call on it for health reasons.
So it’s no wonder an entire weight-loss plan has been developed out of aloe juice. No, not the flavoured and sweetened stuff you often see on grocery store shelves, but the very raw stuff.
Here’s what happened when we tried the Clean 9 diet by Forever Living.
Days 1 and 2:
We take our measurements using the tape measure provided in our box, also weight loss will probably be dramatic in the first couple of days, we suspect we’ll have to keep an eye on inches as this slows down a few days in.
The first 48 hours involve 4oz of aloe vera juice in the morning, a fibre sachet as a snack, plus more aloe for lunch as well as a vanilla protein shake. Then for dinner you get – you guessed it – another glass of aloe and finally another later on in the evening.
Participants in the plan are given Garcinia Plus softgels and Forever Therm supplements to consume either side of their aloe intake.
Day one is not so tough, with the break for our digestive system very welcome after over-indulging during the festive season. However by day two our stomach is inconveniently grumbling, so it’s a good thing we can start introducing food back in from day three.
Our stomach has obviously shrunk as a result of the complete food detox in the first phase so when we enjoy our first meal in place of the dinnertime aloe vera, we feel overly full and very satisfied with the portion size.
You’re allowed 600 calories for your once daily meal for the next week, and recipe ideas are provided in the accompanying booklet. Which is a good thing too as after a while the powdered shake (mixed with water or milk) becomes quite boring, but with a few ideas of tastier things to blend in it gets more exciting. We make up our own dish of Quorn, vegetables and chopped tomatoes and at times have it for lunch instead of dinner to stave off hunger pangs at work.
We are liking our cleaner way of eating and think we may continue the approach. We’ve lost as many pounds in as many days however are lacking in energy for it. 30 minutes of light exercise is allowed per day but perhaps it’s best to leave that out if you're worried you'll be falling asleep by 3pm at your desk. The aloe vera juice takes a quite a while to get used to, with a very sour taste and unpleasant smell (perhaps pinch your nose and knock it back), and the shake alone doesn’t taste particularly nice either. However, considering the effective results of the first nine days, we’d be interested to see what steps two and three, both (30 day plans) can do.
Buy it for Dhs575 at their office and training centre in the I-Rise Building in Tecom or from a Forever Living business owner (think Avon representative). Delivery is free when spending Dhs500 or Dhs50 for products collectively costing less.