Detox diets: Do they work?
If Tony Stark can come out of detox and do all he’s done as Ironman, detox has to be the most brilliant thing ever, right?
Or is that rehab? It’s easy to sometimes get the two confused – rehab isn’t necessarily detox and detox isn’t necessarily rehab. In fact, rehabilitation from any alcohol or drug-related problem is far too complex to deal with via a mere detox program anyway. It’s also not what we’re dealing with here.
This article is about the trending detox programs say, the lemon detox diet, the liver detox or juice detox diets that are being touted as the answer to all your dieting and general health prayers. The fact that famous people – the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow – hang their celebrity hat on these detox programs is not a guarantee of their medical, physical or psychological legitimacy.
The fact that plenty of experts say detox diets can be very risky and do you more harm than good is, however, a reason to regard them with suspicion.
It does sound lovely, doesn’t it? A detox diet or food plan that removes all those nasty toxins from your body and undoes the damage caused by eating and drinking all the wrong things.
And wouldn’t it be great if it worked? Of course, we all know that and the purveyors of detox diets know it too. But there are serious issues involved with detox diets.
A detox diet may involve fasting
That generally means not eating anything for unnaturally long periods of time. Red flag right there.
When we don’t eat, we get brain fade; we can’t think clearly, we get lightheaded and if we’re trying to work, we may as well forget it. Starvation has never been good for productivity. A fasting diet may allow you to drink liquids.
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A detox diet may let us eat a few fruit and vegetables
While most detox diets are short term, but they can still throw us off kilter with badly balanced nutrition. Hunger, weakness, lack of energy, low blood sugar, muscle aches, dizziness, and nausea are not the sort of things we want to experience in the interest of (supposedly) improving our health and/or weight.
Detox diets are usually very strict with repetitive, dull food options, that may not provide your body with the nutrients it needs.
Do detox diets work for weight loss?
Some might. You may well lose a few kilos on the right plan but you’ll probably put the weight back on again. What have you gained? A bit of pain and not much else.
Unfortunately, most detox diets are little more than hype designed to fill online shopping carts. The best advice is to adhere to more traditional weight loss or healthy eating paths and view detox as an unnecessary detour.