Everywhere you look, especially this time of year, you will see a detox or “cleanse” diet being advertised, promising they can remove harmful toxins from your body and guarantee you quick weight loss results just in time to be “beach body ready”
In the dieting world, extremism sells, and it really doesn’t get more extreme than drinking some magical green juice for 21 days.
But ask yourself this…How often has someone you know, or even yourself perhaps, started a detox diet (or a similarly extreme diet) and had prolonged results with no negative health effects and progressed with it indefinitely?
Yep, I thought so….
What these detox companies don’t tell you is that you only need one thing to Detox and that is your own body. You have Kidneys, a Liver, Skin and Lungs, which are all detoxifying your body as you read this.
“the worlds being hijacked by entrepreneurs, quacks and charlatans to sell a bogus treatment that allegedly detoxifies your body of toxins you’re supposed to have accumulated.”
If toxins did build up in a way your body couldn’t excrete, he says, you’d likely be dead or in need of serious medical intervention. “The healthy body has kidneys, a liver, skin, even lungs that are detoxifying as we speak,” – Edzard Ernst, professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University.
So, we’ve cleared up that Detox Diet are a scam when it comes to miraculously removing toxins from your body, but what about the weight loss claims?
Well to be truthful, these claims do have more substance.
Unfortunately, they don’t give you the whole, ugly truth. You are almost guaranteed to lose weight on a detox diet, but what they don’t tell you is that once the diet is finished all that weight you’ve lost, will go straight back on.
This is for a number of reasons
- It’s not sustainable, enjoyable or manageable (and most likely unpractical)
- The diets don’t teach you anything about nutrition or healthy eating habits
- Its creates a bad relationship with food
- You will gain weight more easily once returning to normal eating as you have been severely cutting calories
Focusing on the last point, we can see that the weight loss comes back to the old calorie deficit. This is why the diets ultimately work, because they reduce your calories drastically, and often after a period of high calorie consumption.
The last unfortunate truth is that any weight you do lose is likely to come from water, glycogen and muscle tissue, leaving you lighter, but with no less body fat.
What is the best course to action to take then I hear you ask? Well, it’s very simple.
- Try and get back to a regular eating pattern
- Focus on consuming fresh, good quality foods with plenty fruit and vegetables
- Be in a slight calorie deficit to promote fat burning, whilst holding onto muscle tissue &
- Drink plenty of water to help your body flush away all those oh so deadly “toxins”.