A Detox diet also known as a cleansing diet aims to remove the body’s toxins. These days this has become one of the most trending form of diets for weight loss and a quick cleanse of the body. For example – if you want to attend a wedding and you have been lazy enough to not work out and take care of your body, do the detox diet. It has become more of a quick fix diet.
This diet mostly consists of liquids. Solid foods are often replaced with drinks such as water with lemon, maple syrup and cayenne pepper; green tea; or freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices. Cleanses can last from a day to a month.
Are They Effective?
The truth is, there is no conclusive medical evidence that your digestive tract will heal from skipping solid food. In fact, solid foods are actually helpful. Fiber, found in plant based fruits and vegetables, slows digestion, helps with nutrient absorption and remove toxins via stool.
Like every other diet has its own set of pros and cons, the detox diet too, undoubtedly has its own positives and negatives. Let us explore them and understand the entire concept before embarking on such a stringent diet.
There are many reasons why people undergo this extremely tough diet which involves abstaining from sugar and caffeine and being on liquids for days together. Some of them are:
- Improves kidney and liver function.
- Increasing energy and sense of vitality.
- Revitalizing mind and spirit.
- To jump start their weight loss program or to restart the weight loss process which has hit a plateau.
- Improves the immunity system.
- Cuts out bad eating habits.
Detox by far, in my opinion has the maximum potential risk that any other diet when followed for too long or followed without improper guidance.
- A sudden and drastic change in your diet can lead to gas, bloating and diarrhea till your body adjusts to it.
- These diets are not always recommended to teenagers, pregnant women and people with a medical condition.
- They are not intended for a long term weight loss at all as it is absolutely impossible to follow this kind of a diet till the very end of your existence.
To tell you the truth, I too have followed a detox plan but, it was only a 3 days a week inclusion which was carefully studied and planned by an experienced Nutritionist as per my body’s calorie needs. It gave me very good results wherein I felt a change in my skin and yes, I surely saw a difference in my weight. You can try it out once in a while for sure but, it’s better to not make it a regular practice as honestly, the diet has more cons than pros.
Lastly, whatever you decide, remember that your body is meant to detox itself. A balanced diet of whole foods such as vegetables, fruit, whole grains and legumes is healthy for your entire body and won’t interfere with your ability to exercise.
So my dear lovelies, always make an informed decision because half knowledge more dangerous than ignorance.
Stay happy stay fit 😊😊