They are popular, but it hasn’t been shown that they do what they claim to do, which is flush toxins out of your body. In fact, they might be dangerous and even fail.
Still, giving it some thought? You should first know this.
What to eat and what not to eat
What you eat depends on the kind of detox diet you’re on. Many of them exist. Some involve fasting, or just drinking liquids. Some people only let certain foods, like fruits and vegetables, in. Most of the time, they are short-term plans that you can’t keep up for a long time.
Level of Effort: High
You may feel weak and hungry. If a detox diet is safe or not depends on the plan you choose and how long you stay on it.
Most people don’t feel good when they eat foods low in calories and nutrients. Some of the possible side effects are low energy, low blood sugar, muscle aches, tiredness, feeling dizzy or faint, and nausea.
If the idea of detoxing sounds good to you, you could try “clean” eating, which focuses on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins. In other words, “clean” eating is about eating whole foods that haven’t been processed too much. That’s good for you, and if you make exercise a habit, you’re more likely to see results that last.
Limitations: You’re going to go without a lot of the foods you usually eat. Most detox diets are very strict and have you eat the same few things over and over again.
Cooking and shopping: Depends on the detox plan you’re following. Because you can’t eat much, you won’t have a long list of things to buy, and you shouldn’t have to do much to get ready.
Packaged foods or meals: Some detox plans recommend herbs, pills, powders, enemas, and other forms of colon cleansing. Methods are different, and they often involve products that can only be bought on the author’s website.
In-person meetings? No.
Exercise: Not required, and you may not have the energy for it, because you’re not getting that many calories.
What You Should Know Else
Costs: A detox diet may require you to buy some supplements and other products, which vary in price.
Support: None, except for resources you may find online.
Does It Work?
If you want to lose weight, a detox diet might help you lose a few pounds, but you’ll probably just put them back on. At the end of the day, you haven’t done anything, and it’s not a good way to act.
Don’t waste your time or money if you want to clean out your body. No matter what you eat, your body is very good at getting rid of waste. Toxins don’t build up in your liver, kidneys, or anywhere else in your body, and the latest detox wonder won’t get rid of them. Avoid diets that say they will clean out your liver with supplements or “cleanse” whatever the diet says needs to be washed away.
The only detox diet that is worth it is one that limits processed, high-fat, and sugary foods and replaces them with more whole foods like fruits and vegetables. The best way to get your body in great shape is to follow that clean-eating plan.
Is it good in some situations?
Not only are detox diets not good for people with certain health problems, but they could also be harmful. There is no research that shows they are good for the heart or improve blood pressure or cholesterol. They could be very dangerous for people with diabetes. If you take medicine for diabetes, a diet that limits what you can eat too much could cause your blood sugar to drop too low.
The only exception would be a detox diet that only involves eating clean foods. This approach could be good for people with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, or even heart disease.
The Last Words
In the past few years, we’ve heard a lot about detox diets. But it’s all a bunch of hype and has no health benefits. There are many ways to clean and take care of your body. One of them isn’t this.