3 days to slim!
After Audrey Johns sped off 150 pounds in 11 months back in 2011, everyone wanted her secrets. She ate delicious food, so how did she manage to lose that fast? Audrey decided to share her tips and recipes, starting one of America’s first “clean eating” bl
T he key is choosing ingredients that come from farms instead of factories, says Audrey, author of Lose Weight by Eating, Lose Weight by Eating: Detox Week and her newest release, Lose Weight with Your Instant Pot. The former fad dieter hit on the winning strategy while trying to set a healthy example for her young daughter. “I was eating more and losing more, so I did research and found that the closer something is to its natural state, the more nutrients it has to help get you lean.” Most days, she allows herself wiggle room. But when she’s detoxing, she aims for 100% whole foods, strongly emphasizing veggies. “It’s simple, filling and easy to fit into a hectic schedule,” she promises. “Use it for as long as you like. Even with a little bit of holiday cheating, you
can still drop up to 35 pounds a month!” The slimming magic Surprised that Audrey’s approach is so effective? You’re in esteemed company! It caught a group of Stanford-led scientists off guard too. When they set out to determine whether lowcarb or low-fat diets work best, they found carbs and fat don’t actually matter at all. Instead, among over 600 participants, those who ate as Audrey recommends lost the most impressive amounts of weight. Says Stanford’s Christopher D. Gardner, PH.D.: “We really stressed to both groups that we wanted them to eat high-quality foods. We wanted them to minimize added sugar and refined grains and eat more vegetables and whole foods.” Those who did so lost 40, 50, 60 pounds— without limiting calories. Meanwhile, those who ate more processed options shed less or even gained 10 to 20 pounds. Why does nixing processed food work? According to Boston University’s Caroline Apovian, M.D., it’s not that calories don’t count, but rather “when you eat whole foods, you feel satisfied after far fewer calories”—a phenomenon observed in the Stanford study. Plus, she notes, processed foods have addictive properties that drive overeating. Meanwhile, nutrients in whole foods deliver a host of get-slim perks, like steadying blood sugar, revving metabolism and soothing thyroid-stalling inflammation. Dr. Apovian says Audrey’s detox, “is how you should strive to eat all the time—whether you need to slim down or not!” Real-world wow “I started Audrey’s detox with a considerable amount to lose and many diet failures under my belt. I worried I was beyond help,” reveals Oklahoma legal assistant Cheryl Mcdaniel, 58, who says stress eating and a sedentary job caused her weight to soar. “Then I lost 11.4 pounds in less than a week with no hunger and no cravings! It’s such a relief. If you’re like me, this detox will restore your hope that you can reach a healthy weight!” Wendi Chisholm agrees. After losing a painfully slow 25 pounds on another diet and then promptly regaining 35 pounds, she tried Audrey’s detox. She was soon dropping two pounds every day. “I was only planning to do this for a few days, but there’s no way I’m stopping,” says the Alberta mom, 50. “Listen to a gal who has struggled with weight problems since she was a teenager and give this plan a shot. You’ll be glad you did!”