In a world where fitspo bombards our newsfeeds and fad diets are the new fashion, it can be difficult to know the hard facts about losing weight and getting healthy. Well, we’ve got news for you. Ditch the juice and pick up that fork – it’s time to detox from the detox diet. While the detox diet has proved popular over recent years, studies have shown that it may not be giving you the healthy, long-lasting results you’d hoped for. Take a look at what the experts say about detox diets according to time.com;
- There’s no clear explanation for what ‘cleanse’ or ‘detox’ diets are.
It’s difficult to know what your body is cleansing or detoxing from as there is little information available. According to Dr Joy Dubost, dietician and food scientist, your body has its own natural detoxification process using the liver, kidneys and gastrointestinal system and no juice or homemade concoction is going to change that.
- They’re unnecessary
Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins will give your body the nutrients it needs, meaning there’s no need for cleansing or detoxification. Making sure you have a healthy, balanced diet will also ensure you’re keeping that unwanted weight off.
- They’re often misleading
Many people who claim to see a dramatic decrease in body weight are most likely confused with a reduction in water weight. When you are consuming less calories, your body won’t retain as much water. As soon as you begin to eat again, you will see the weight return.
- They disrupt your everyday life
As you considerably restrict your calorie intake, your body will begin to weaken, meaning headaches, muscle breakdown, fatigue, irritability, cramping, and diarrhea will become more regular.
- It’s all in the mind
Dr Dubost says that detoxification diets exist in the mind. As there is little proof that these diets work, people’s feelings of triumph and success are likely results of the placebo effect. The placebo effect is a beneficial effect produced by the person’s belief that the product is working even though it isn’t – a psychological effect.
Before you spend your weekly pay on a top-of-the-line juicer, make sure you research the facts. Keeping a regular, balanced diet full of nature’s goodies and at least 20 mins of exercise per day is the best way to achieve your #bodygoals.