Five Difficulties I’ve Overcome On The 21 Day Herbalife Shake Challenge

The rules of the the 21 day Herbalife challenge are simple: drink three Herbalife Formula 1 shakes (with 250ml of semi-skimmed milk per shake) and 4 pints of water every day. No food, no alcohol, no caffeine. Just shakes and water. Each shake gives you all the nutrients your body needs for a healthy meal while restricting your calorie intake to about 1,100 a day.

The idea of the challenge is that it zaps fat, eliminates any doubts over portion sizes and calorie counting, it helps you out of bad eating habits and shrinks your stomach so that in 21 days time you’re in a great place to begin a long-term healthy eating plan.

So far I’ve lost 3.1kg in just five days, which is astonishing for me. I’ve been on and off diets since I was a teenager so to see this one finally working is very satisfying. I’ve made some charts so you can see what this weight loss looks like (so far so good!):

5 days - weight 5 days fat and muscleThe results came amazingly quickly but as you can imagine, this is NOT easy – especially as I absolutely love food. But the truth is, any method of fat loss is hard. It takes real dedication and effort. The good thing is, I’m not the only one doing this challenge. Sometimes it helps to know others are struggling too! So here are five things I’m finding most difficult about the 21 day challenge and how I’m overcoming them, or at least trying to.

1. Socialising

You might want to put your social life on hold for the next three weeks, because sitting at a restaurant watching your friends eat while you sip on your evening shake isn’t too fun! Still, three weeks isn’t long and you can always look at other ways of spending time with your friends – like walks, runs, bowling, or the cinema. Instead of going to the pub tonight, I’ll be going on a head-torch night run up the Downs!

2. Saying NO

If you work in an office, chances are you will be offered something like a biscuit or cake at some point. It’s hard to say no when your stomach’s rumbling but it’s vital that you do. Sugary snacks are my downfall and knowing that we’ve still got a shelf at home full of treats left over from Christmas is torture! My tactic is simple: I don’t look at the shelf. I have a glass of water and think about how I don’t want to ruin what I’ve already achieved.

3. Amazing cooking smells

If, like me, you live with people who are not doing the shake challenge with you, it can be very difficult when you’re surrounded by amazing smells coming from the kitchen at dinner time. Last night my boyfriend made shredded chicken and coleslaw burgers and they looked and smelled incredible. It took a lot of self-restraint not to give in and have one, but I held off. I will just have to get him to make them for me in February!

4. Cold weather

We are doing this challenge in the middle of winter, just when it’s starting to get bitingly cold outside. Sometimes all you really want is a plate of steaming hot food to warm your insides, not a cold shake. One way I’ve found to overcome this is to boil up the kettle and pour out a mug with a slice of lemon. This should warm you up in no time.

5. Breaking habits

For me, food is a comforter. I look forward to eating and sometimes I think I need a pick-me-up in the form of a chocolate biscuit and cup of tea in the afternoon. Breaking out of comforting habits like this is hard but it’s these bad habits that contribute to weight gain over time. The good thing about the shake challenge is that it’s very structured – you simply can’t snack between shakes. I find having a glass of water and going for a brisk walk helps take my mind off any cravings I have.

There we have it! Five difficulties overcome,  five days down, just 16 to go. We can do it :)