Monday, June 13, 2016 8:39:38 AM Australia/Sydney

Detox Diets - Smoke And Mirrors Or The Real Deal?

Do detox diets actually work? The quick fix mentality has always been a seductive option for would-be dieters. After all who doesn’t want to lose as much weight as quickly as possible?

The idea behind the ‘detox diet’ is to help you get rid of toxins in your body. Doing this is supposed to help you lose weight and increase your general wellbeing. A ‘detox diet’ can include any or all of the following activities:

  • Fasting;
  • Consuming only fresh fruit/vegetable juices for a number of days;
  • Taking certain herbal supplements that allegedly help the body get rid of toxins faster;
  • Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, sugar and junk food
  • Saunas;
  • Colon- cleansing;

Your Body Knows What To Do

Dangers of quick fix detox

It’s pretty obvious that if you want to live any kind of normal life in today’s society, you can’t avoid exposure to heavy metals, industrial materials, pesticides and other yucky things.

Add to that our poor diet and lifestyle, overuse of alcohol and other drugs, and I’d say most of us are pretty toxed up.

However, I do think the whole idea of the ‘detox’ has been a little hyped up. Your body knows what it likes and what is doesn’t, and your internal organs are designed to kick out the bad guys.....they do a pretty good job most of the time.

On the other hand, if you’re feeling a little run down and in need of a kick start, a detox can give you a psychological advantage if you are trying to lose weight and don’t know where to start. Just don’t let it backfire on you!

My client Jemima was addicted to detox regimes. She came to me desperate to find another way to curb her bad eating habits after having spent a bomb on countless so-called miracle weight loss regimes. Ultimately she needed to get her head around the fact that while a detox may help you get started, the real work begins when you have to start eating normally again.

We worked extensively together to remove the ‘all-or-nothing’ mentality that kept her going around in circles. Jemima learnt that the middle way approach was most effective and stopped looking for the easy way out.

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So what about the cost? There are many detox regimes on sale out there, and most of them are quite expensive. Sure if you have the money, go ahead and invest in one or all of them; but the idea of detox doesn’t have to include all the bells and whistles. You could do any number of things yourself to detox, such as:

  • Cut out alcohol, refined sugars and caffeine;
  • Replace one or more meals a day with fresh fruit/vegetable juice;
  • Drink plenty of water;
  • Cut out wheat and dairy products

These are just a few of the steps you can take on your own without spending too much money, to detoxify your life. A word of warning about colon and intestinal cleansing programs: many of these companies will instruct you to take their expensive herbs and supplements for months at a time, claiming that they are not habit forming.

Don’t believe this. Many of these formulas contain powerful cathartic herbs such as Cascara Sagrada. This herb (and many others like it) IS a laxative and can be habit-forming. So my advice is; do your research and don’t believe everything you read.

Just because the label says ‘herbal’ or ‘all natural’, doesn’t mean you should expect to take it on a regular basis without side effects. If you take certain herbs and supplements for too long, you may upset your body’s natural intestinal flora, which produces uncomfortable side effects such as thrush (Candida).

So are detox diets effective? If you are not interested in altering your lifestyle to include a healthy, balanced diet that consists mostly of fresh, unprocessed foods, then going on a detox diet for a short period is not going to make you any healthier.

Likewise, if you suffer through 10 days of the ‘Lemon Detox’ and then resume your 4 donuts per day diet you will never achieve permanent weight loss. Ultimately, the best solution is to eat a balanced diet and listen to your body.This is the only way to achieve permanent and sustainable weight loss.

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