I don’t believe in quick fixes. I think that real, lasting changes to your health come from making a commitment and following through over the long haul. One of the things I love about Beachbody is that it’s structured to support that long term view of health and fitness.
So it really shouldn’t be a surprise that it took me almost a year to try a mini-program called “The 3 Day Refresh.” I was busy working my way through new fitness programs, and concentrating on my overall nutrition, and I didn’t think I needed a three day quick fix.
Can You Get Results In Only 3 Days?
That really depends on what kind of results you’re looking for. If you’ve got a significant amount of weight to lose, then no. If you’re looking to improve your strength, flexibility, or overall fitness, then again it’s a no.
But if you want to finish strong before a big event, or gain some momentum that will carry you into a new fitness or nutrition program, then in that case your answer is YES.
In my experience, the 3 Day Refresh was an excellent way to get back into my normal routine after going on vacation and getting off track with my nutrition. It helped me reverse my cravings for junk food, flush my system from the extra junk I’d been eating, and set me up for a great start when I jumped into a new workout routine.
What Is the 3 Day Refresh?
The 3 Day Refresh is a simple, 4-step solution to support your metabolism while detoxifying and cleansing your system. It’s a mix of highly nutritious, specially designed shakes, a fiber drink, and nutritious, whole food meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Here’s what you’ll be consuming:
Choose from six available flavors (my favorite is Greenberry, although Chocolate is a close second!), and get a blend of over 70 superfoods that help support and improve all of your body’s vital functions.
A lot of people think of Shakeology as a weight loss drink, probably because it’s been a part of so many people’s success stories, but it’s actually not. For me, the weight loss is a byproduct of all the energy and healthy digestion that my shakes give me. It’s amazing, and it’s a key component of the 3 Day Refresh.
Vanilla Fresh Shakes
The second shake included in the Refresh is called the Vanilla Fresh. It’s plant-based protein, contains 22 vitamins and minerals, probiotics, and is specially formulated for satisfying your appetite.
Confession here – I liked the Vanilla Fresh, but noticed that Shakeology did a better job of satisfying my appetite, so on Day 2 I substituted a second Greenberry Citrus Pucker shake for my afternoon Vanilla Fresh. I have no regrets.
Fiber Sweep Drink
This drink is specially formulated to gently and naturally eliminate waste from your digestive system. Yes, that’s a polite way of saying it’s there to make you have an awesomely satisfying poop. My suggestion: plan accordingly if you’re poop-shy in public (or at the office!)
The fiber used in this drink is a blend of whole ground flax, chia, and pysillium seed husks – it’s specially blended to naturally lower cholesterol and support healthy blood sugar levels.
Wait, Isn’t There Any Actual Food Involved?
Yes, of course there is! This girl does not do liquid fasts. They can make you feel weak and sluggish, and the results don’t last. So not worth it!
Most of your protein on the 3 Day Refresh will come from your shakes, so the meal options are high in fruits and vegetables. The kit comes with a recipe guide, and there are a couple in there that I liked so much I made them part of our regular meal planning rotation!
The meals you eat on the 3 Day Refresh are based on the same principles of clean eating as the other Beachbody nutrition programs. In addition to the recipe guide that came with it, I used some of my favorites from the 21 Day Fix and T25 nutrition guides. Check out my 3 Day Refresh review to find out more about what I liked (and what I didn’t).
I’m Curious. But, What If I Hate It?
I think this was the only Beachbody product I’ve ordered so far that I really paid attention to the return policy. I do a lot of research before I buy anything, but committing to a cleanse was a leap of faith for me that starting a fitness program simply wasn’t (I’m weird, I know).
There’s a 30 day, bottom of the bag, money back guarantee on the 3 Day Refresh. So I figured even if I ordered it, took a week to work up the nerve to open it, tried it, wasn’t sure how I felt about it, and decided a week later that I hated it, I still had time to get my money back. You can’t beat that for a guarantee.
Clearly, I didn’t hate it. I’m actually planning to do it again more often – most likely at the beginning and/or end of each new fitness program I do! But, if I had, I knew that I could get my money back with a single phone call.
What actually happened was this…
I opened my 3 Day Refresh kit, and noticed that the Shakeology packets were the wrong flavor. Not a big deal, but I had been looking forward to the opportunity to try something new and was a little disappointed about the mistake. So I called our Coach Relations team and told them what happened and asked if they could please send me the right packets.
I had even taken pictures of the packing slip and the wrong packets in case they needed proof, but never had to send them. The really nice rep apologized for the mistake, verified my address, and less than a week later, they sent me my new packets – inside a brand new, complete, 3 Day Refresh kit that I hadn’t asked for! I was totally impressed with the customer service, and that second kit came in handy for my next round of Refreshing.