Happy Monday! Well, how are you feeling after this weekend? Are you pumped about the healthy eating habits that you have been establishing these past four weeks? Plus, wasn't yesterday's tip about only doing 20 minutes of exercise a GOOD one? I mean, I barely have much more time than that! Well, today's Tip #28 for our 31 Days of Latinas Losing Weight challenge is a little more specific than that. In fact, it has to do with something that you only need to do for ONE day.

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Last week I did something that was probably really crazy. I went on a juice cleanse. Well, rather, I tried to go on a juice cleanse and kind of failed. I lasted only one day and decided to quit when the first evening of my fast ended with me feeling shaky, nauseous, and insanely fatigued. It hit me out of nowhere around 6:30 p.m., and I spent the rest of the evening in bed. The next morning, I decided one day was enough.

Although it didn't work out for as long as I had hoped, I did feel pretty good through most of the day and I definitely felt well-rested the next morning, even as I went back to solid foods. The reason why I felt great, though, is probably because having one day of fasting, a day where you either don't eat or eat very little the way I did with the juice, is actually a pretty decent way to keep up with your weight loss. As I previously wrote on MamásLatinas, my strategy is basically to do a fasting day (where I drink either just healthy vegetables juices or eat apples) after a particular bad weekend of unhealthy eating.

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Then, of course, there's the research that says not eating for 12 hours (say, from 8 p.m. until 8 a.m.) allows you to burn a lot more fat. In a way, this is similar to fasting since you're making sure to avoid all food for a particular amount of time.

Is this the right option for you? Maybe. The only good option is one that you can actually stick to. I obviously couldn't stick to a juice cleanse for more than a day but I came out of it feeling better and maybe someday I would even try it again. At the time, even when I didn't feel great at the end of the day, it did give me a little added push to keep going with my healthy goals and, hopefully, it can do the same for you.

Stay tuned for Tip #29 tomorrow!

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Irina Gonzalez is a Staff Writer for MamásLatinas. She loves pop culture, social media, photography and, above all, discovering new places. She's also a foodie eating healthy and learning to enjoy exercise.

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libel...

I don't know!! 12 hours is too much!! maybe if I wouldn't have to do anything on that day (like taking the kids to school, cleaning the house and exercise).

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