Detox and Liquid Diets: Good or Bad?
Detox and liquid diets are very trendy today, but it’s sometimes difficult to separate myth from reality. This is why it’s important to take a closer look at these restrictive diets. Are they too good to be true?
Let’s start by seeing how these diets work. People go on a detox diet after overindulging—during Christmas or a vacation—to eliminate toxins, lose a few pounds and especially to get rid of those guilty feelings. They then restrict their diet to eating fruits and vegetables or drinking only herbal teas and specialty drinks, which are often very expensive. Meanwhile, liquid diets promise rapid weight loss if we drink foods that have been juiced. Because these juices are made with fruits and vegetables, this goal is easy to achieve.
Interesting. But do we really need a cure to compensate for our excesses? Mother Nature has already given us what we need to get the job done. We are born with a liver and kidneys to help us flush toxins from our bodies. And these organs play their role to perfection. In terms of weight loss, these diets do reduce our waistlines because they are low in calories. But beware…
Neither of these diets is effective in the long term. When we start to eat normally again, the lost pounds usually find their way back home—often with a little extra. Also, neither diet is sustainable. Drinking your meals soon becomes boring and often leads to problems due to lack of nutrients. Not only do these diets create false hopes, they involve health risks: weakness, loss of vitamins and fibre, deficiencies, cramps, nausea, headache, eating disorders, etc.
To be healthy, it’s best to adopt balanced eating habits and integrate physical activity into your everyday life, because these are lasting changes, not quick fixes. What about toxins? Don’t worry. Your kidneys and liver will get rid of them for you. Finally, vary your menu; that way, you won’t get bored and you’ll enjoy eating!