With so many people looking for a fast way to lose weight and get healthy, detox diets could be a solution. These detox diets or sometimes referred to as cleansing diets are not for everyone and some experts have scrutinized the viability of these types of diets.
What precisely is a detox or cleansing diet? Those that advocate these types of diets say our bodies are always swarming with toxins from pollution, cigarette smoke, alcohol, caffeine, and processed foods etc…The belief is that, as these toxins pile up in our bodies, they are responsible for numerous health problems, such as weight gain, energy loss, and dull skin. You then rid your body of toxins by following a special diet that significantly restricts and reduces food intake.
If you’re thinking about embarking on a cleansing diet, Glassman advises that you choose one that still allows you to actually eat. The best diets eliminate alcohol, caffeine, meat, and most dairy; they focus on whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, whole grains, and lots of water.
However, you don’t want to permanently eliminate dairy from your diet. Most cleansing plans call for this in the beginning because dairy contains lots of calories and sugar, but you should plan on reintroducing small amounts of low-fat diary after finishing your cleanse.
Weight loss occurs on most of these plans because they are so low in calories. When you radically cut your calorie intake, you will lose weight. Keep in mind that when it is done this way there are many health problems that include muscle loss and that your body will start burning calories slower as a result.
Keep in mind that the early weight lost on a fast is mainly fluid or “water weight” not fat. And when you go back to eating, any weight that you lost will most likely to return. Not only do most people regain the lost weight from a fast, they tend to add a few extra pounds because a slower metabolism makes it easier to gain.
There is little scientific evidence that detoxification is necessary or effective for good health or weight loss. The body is designed to eliminate toxins proficiently with organs such as the kidneys, liver, and colon. Experts agree there is no credible science to support claims that detox diets work or that there’s any need for detoxification, lymphatic draining, and frequent bowel cleansing. There are no studies available to document the benefits. Instead, most claims are based on testimonials.