The 10-day health challenge is taking Instagram by storm. Proposed by super-couple, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, the challenge involves eliminating sugar and carbs from your diet for 10 full days. J.Lo and A-Rod threw down the gauntlet in a video they posted that showed their progress and challenged friends and fans to sign up.
The 10-Day No-Sugar, No-Carbs challenge involves cutting out different forms of sugar and carbs, including starchy vegetables, candy, baked goods, certain fruits, grains, condiments with sugar, sweeteners, dairy, soda, and alcohol. According to nutritionist Keri Glassman, by eliminating certain fruits, you reduce the intake of carbohydrates and natural sugars.
Participants can consume leafy greens, non-starchy vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats. Non-starchy vegetables include cauliflower, zucchini, and broccoli. Dieters can also eat meat, nuts, seeds, and nut butter, as well as condiments like guacamole, olive oil, and salsa.
Though the challenge sounds like the keto diet, it is focused on eliminating carbs and sugar, rather than increasing fat consumption, Glassman says. The no-sugar, no-carbs diet forces the body to turn to other sources of energy, like stored fat, which can sometimes result in fatigue or irritability. After ten days, your body may adapt to a lower sugar diet, which can be satisfied by consuming fruit.
As for Lopez and Rodriguez, who just successfully completed the challenge, the singer said, "Maybe we'll stop for a few days and then get back on it. Some of you can join me for a second round." The pair originally challenged Leah Remini, producer Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Today co-host Hoda Kotb to join them on the diet.
Meanwhile, Kotb challenged her fellow Today co-hosts Savannah Guthrie, Craig Melvin, Al Roker, and Carson Daly, though Daly abandoned the challenge after a day. According to the host, he was thrown off by his sister, who invited his family over for dinner and served chicken pot pies. Kotb, however, says she loves the challenge and has praised her increased energy, though she does admit that she’s consumed alcohol and creamer in her coffee.
As with any diet, the idea is to do it for a limited amount of time and then return to a healthy, balanced nutrition plan. "This is not something you do all the time. It's a challenge to really reset your body," J.Lo says. "It's something to clear yourself out."