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The Pros and Cons of Detox Diets

If you really want to kick-start your weight management routine, then there is perhaps no better way than with a detox diet. What’s a detox diet? Well, it is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: it is a diet that cleanses (detoxes) your system. And detox diets make a lot of huge claims, both physically and mentally. So, should you go on a detox diet? Well, before you make that decision, you should first consider the pros and cons.

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Pros:

Energy. It is a well-established fact that detoxifying your system can greatly increase your energy. Weight Loss. Unlike most other diets, detox diets are not necessarily aimed at the sole purpose of losing weight. However, weight loss is a natural byproduct of the detox process – and the weight generally comes off rather quickly.

Detoxification. One of the most dramatic and long-lasting effects of a detox diet is the detoxification of the body. When you cleanse your body of harmful chemicals that tend to be stored in the fat, your body is all-around healthier and less prone to illness.

Better eating habits. Because detox diets often focus on taking in only fruits and vegetables, and completely cutting out fatty and processed foods, going on a detox diet can be a jump start to establishing healthy eating habits that will last long after the diet is over.

Cons:

Detox methods. Although there are many different types of detox diets, most every one of them involves putting yourself through some uncomfortable processes. Examples of detox methods that can be difficult to withstand include fasting (sometimes for days) and colonics (similar to enemas).

Side effects. You can expect to experience some unpleasant side effects throughout the detox process, such as headaches, fatigue, emotional instability, difficulty sleeping, and more.

Malnutrition. Some doctors report that they see many patients who suffer from problems associated with malnutrition and nutrient deficiencies because of detox diets. That’s understandable, considering detox diets are so strictly regimented when it comes to food – some even requiring you to eat little to nothing for extended periods of time – and any time you completely cut any one of the food groups out (even fat), you risk throwing your system off balance.

As you can see, there are many things to consider – both good and bad – before you embark on a detox diet. Also, remember that there are many different types of detox diets out there, so you should do your research to find the one best suited for you. And, as always, consult with your doctor first.

 

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Comments

  1. I just did a “detox” diet in January, where I ate only raw fruits and vegetables over a weekend. It was difficult while I was doing it, but since then I’ve seen a major change in my eating habits. I constantly gravitate towards healthier foods. Whenever you take the junk food out of your diet for an extended period of time, healthy food starts to taste way better (without all of the sugar and fat that’s usually added), and junk food actually starts to taste really gross.
    Anyway, I blogged about my raw fruit and veg cleanse and I highly recommend it. My biggest piece of advice? Ease into it over the course of a week so your body doesn’t go into major shock of withdraw from carbs, sugar, and fats.

  2. Jenn, are you still running? Did you notice any effect on that while you did the detox or shortly after? I thought about trying a week long one, but I am in marathon training and worry it will mess with that, so I might wait until after that.

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