Detox Diets Will Only Reduce Your Cash, Not Your Weight
So you have been fasting on and off and now your body feels weak and famished. Or, you have been on an all-liquid diet since 3 days making you crave for food. All this is happening while you make immense efforts searching for that perfect ‘detox diet’ that will cleanse your gut and help you drop weight. Well, let me tell you that you have been wasting your time and money. Why? Because there no such thing as a ‘detox diet’. Even scientifically, there is no food that can get your body rid of toxins.
What Is A Detox Diet Anyway?
The word detox comes from the word detoxification. It was initially used for addiction cases, in which the patients used to have withdrawal symptoms after giving up alcohol and other drugs as cited by University Of Berkely. However, some self-proclaimed experts, trainers and even dieticians have showed up to cash in on this term. They try to create an impression that a ‘vegetable or fruit juice’ based diet can get the body rid of all the toxins and subsequently, reduce weight. Of course you will reduce weight because you replaced all calorie dense food with nothing but ‘micronutrient based juice’. While it’s the drastic calorie imbalance that’s making you lose weight, you think that it’s the juice that ‘working wonders’.
Detox Diets – High on Claims. Zero With Results.
Toxins are harmful for the body and a detox diet claims to get the body rid of these. Ironically, they will never tell you about the so-called ‘toxins’ they claim to eliminate. Some diets claim to detox effects of gluten, some claim to help with depression, joint pain and even insomnia. The list is long and ridiculously incorrect by scientific standards. The core to these diets though, is drastic weight loss.
The Human Body Is Capable Enough To Detox Itself. It Doesn’t Need A Stupid Vegetable Juice To Do That
Vegetable juices are stupid because they are being used to replace solid, macronutrient based diets. The juice serves no purpose at all when compared to properly cooked ‘vegetable+ macronutrient’ based meals for fat loss. Strictly vegetable based ‘detox diets’ lead to sudden drop in calories which severely slows down the resting Basal Metabolic Rate. The slower the BMR, the slower and ineffective will be the fat loss. Having said that, the human body is well equipped to detoxify itself. The main function of the kidneys is to filter out toxins in the form of urine. The liver helps in food digestion and also helps the body to get rid of various toxic substances. The intestines make sure that parasites leave the body and only the useful nutrients get absorbed in the blood.
Detox And Weight Loss: The Biggest Misconception
People feel that these ‘detox diets’ will not only help them cleanse their system but it will also make them lose kilos of fat. Yes, it does, not fat though but water weight. That too because solid fat, carb and protein based meals have been replaced by inferior fruits and vegetables. It’s not the stupid detox diet that has made you drop pounds, it’s the reduced calories. If you follow this diet, your BMR will go for a toss, fat loss will halt you will be crankier in general. Also, you will find all the weight you had lost to bounce back quicker. Hence, a detox diet isn’t the best strategy for weight loss either.
Extreme Detox Diets Can Be Dangerous
Few detox diets are so extreme that they have no room for essential macro nutrients like protein. This can be dangerous for a long run as it can lead to severe malnutrition. People who go on long term juice based detox diets could end up having an electrolyte imbalance. Few other detoxing practices may even lead to conditions like diarrhoea and the perforation of the intestinal wall.
The Bottom Line
It doesn’t make any sense to put in so much of hard work in a diet that has no scientific research or evidence to back what it claims. Be smart and follow a balanced diet which will give you better and long lasting results.
Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer , Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of thewebsite where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him throughFacebook andYoutube.
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