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Advocare 24 Day Challenge

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When it comes to getting fit and healthy can supplements really increase your chances of losing weight and keeping it off? Advocare is a very popular supplement program that offers such hope for many, but for some it may fall short.

The Advocare 24 Day Challenge is mainly a supplement program that contains various vitamins and minerals geared to reset metabolism and cleanse your body for overall health. The first ten days, noted as the Cleanse Phase, is a daily program that involves the ingestion of probiotics, a fiber drink and supplements along with the recommendation of plenty of water. It also requires an energy drink called Spark that contains a sugar substitute called Sucralose. The recommended diet includes a serving of protein, a complex carbohydrate and a vegetable or fruit at each meal and two snacks.

The remaining days of the challenge are embedded with more supplements, a meal replacement shake at breakfast and an appetite suppressant called Metabolic Nutrition System or MNS, that is said to help curb appetite, provide energy and reduce cravings. This is called the Max Phase and is intended to supports weight loss.

While a number of people have undertaken the Advocare 24 Day Challenge and experienced weight and/or inches lost, others have used the products with little or no results. Some may find it difficult to keep up with the supplementation plan while others may find it challenging to overcome cravings. This could be due to the fact that some of the products contain artificial sugars. Artificial sweeteners have been shown in studies to increase cravings.

While there is moderate evidence that supplementation can be beneficial to health people who lose weight and keep it off are those that make long term life style changes including a healthful diet and regular exercise.