Detox diets are on the rise: consisting of colorful juices from an array of fruits, veggies, and spices as a method to cleanse and reboot the body.
You may have heard of Beyonce’s ‘Master Cleanse Diet,’ which consisted of nothing but the combination of hot water, lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper for ten days. She lost 20 pounds on that regimen, according to Shape Magazine.
There is a vast range of detox programs out there, some of which take an incredible level of dedication. So while the weight loss may sound appealing, before you buy an expensive juicer and begin your trek on a juice journey, you should know the facts first.
How do detox diets work?
Meant with the good intentions, detox diets are supposed to remove toxins from your body, since we consume many of them without even knowing it. By removing foods like sugar, caffeine, and gluten and replacing them with an abundance of organic fruit and vegetables, you can eliminate inflammatory foods and increase your hydration. By detoxing, you’re pumping your body full of micronutrients your usual diet might not provide that boost your metabolism and well-being. In essence, it’s a restart button for your body.
The possible pro’s
Although the concept is controversial, there are a few health benefits to cleansing. Rich in vitamins and minerals, cleanse diets aren’t as terrible as people make them out to be. To name a few benefits:
- Increases vitamin and mineral intake
- Transforms unhealthy eating habits
- Improves liver and kidney function
- Strengthens the immune system
- Boosts energy (in some individuals) and mental clarity
Detoxes receive much more criticism than they do praise. Although there are possible health benefits, there are always two sides to the story. Like the keto diet, it’s extreme and shouldn’t be a long-term choice. Here are some of the costs to joining the hype:
- Dangerously low in calories and protein
- Extreme and unsustainable over long periods
- Decreased energy levels (for some individuals), making exercise hard to push through
- Loss of water weight and lean muscle rather than fat
- Usually costly
Detox diets can be risky. Therefore they are not suggested for:
- Individuals who suffer from or are living on the edge of an eating disorder,
- Individuals with auto-immune diseases, heart disease
- Teenagers and children
- Individuals who are pregnant or trying to conceive
As with any diet, it’s always smart to consult with your physician or a nutritionist first.
Safe alternatives to detox diets
According to WebMD, a safe alternative to detox diets would be “clean eating,” which focuses on whole foods, whole grains, lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and non-processed foods. Eliminate high-fat and sugar-filled foods for weight loss and control.
If you do decide to pursue a detox in hopes to prepare for a diet change, keep it short (around 3-4 days). Not sure what diet to start? Consult Thrive Fitness Atlanta’s nutrition coaches to find out which diet plan will work best for your age, gender, and body type. Email firstname.lastname@example.org today to start your personalized fitness and nutrition plan.