Detoxing has been all over the news and “dietary” websites, but does it hold any merit and should you do it?
Detoxing has been endorsed by ultra-celebrities like Beyoncé and Gwyneth Paltrow. You may be thinking, well, they have the best doctors recommending this. So, I should do it too! Not so fast! Unless you’re a recovering drug addict, you really should consider NOT doing a detox. Instead, try eating healthy foods and drinking plenty of water.
If you’ve ever had one—or seven—too many at the bar, you know the morning after is just the worst. Well, that’s because your organs have been working all night, using every available resource, to expel the toxin that is alcohol out of your body!
Your organs can only use what’s available to them. So eating right and drinking water will give them a) less to detox; b) more nutrients they can use to convert into toxin-fighting power!
What Happens to Your Body During a Detox
- Slower metabolism – You may think the less calories you have in your system, the more weight you’ll lose. Quite the opposite—especially with the sparse calories detox diets require. Because your body now has so few calories, it’ll go into survival mode and try and use as little calories as possible. Extreme fatigue and depression may ensue.
- Protein deficiency – Cleansing your body in a detox diet will lead to a protein deficiency and a loss in muscle mass—which, if you’re trying to lose weight, is not the ideal mass you want to be using. Additionally, proteins are responsible for most of a cell’s operations. Deprive them of that, and your fundamental building blocks start slowing down.
- Unsustainable weight loss – Weight loss from detox diets may not last once you start introducing solid foods back into your diet. If you resume eating the same diet you had before the detox, you’ll end up back at square 1.
Unless your doctor directly specifies that you need to enter a detox diet, you should avoid it. If weight loss is your goal, do it the natural way: eating right, drinking water, and exercising. For all of your dietary advice, or dance, yoga, and Pilates classes to help you start feeling your best, contact One Body Studios in La Habra, California.