Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Detoxification diets

My opinion on diets that promise rapid weight loss is that it just leads to "unsuccessful permanent weight loss." That is why I completely disagree with "detox diets." Detox diets claim that they promise weight loss in a short amount of time, but the weight loss is not permanent. What is a detox diet? A detox diet basically is a way of cleansing our system and that involves a strict diet regimen to clear our body of toxins that have accumulated from pollution, pesticides in our food, and alcohol. There are many detox diets out there and their basic purpose is to cleanse the system. Some detox diets will last 3 days and some will be 10 days, just depends what your purpose is on going on this type of diet.

I will focus on one in particular called the "master cleanse diet." This diet is the one that celebrities are using to quickly lose weight for movies or social events. I completely disagree with putting your body through this as there is completely lack of caloric intake in this diet. What it basically entails is:
  • Warm water and salt in the morning
  • 60 ounces drink mix of cayenne pepper, lemon, and maple syrup drank throughout the day
  • a laxative tea at night
There is hardly any caloric intake because there is no food involved! This diet basically is a 10 day course. The laxatives help increase the process of the elimination of wastes from the body. (simply say causing diarrhea) Also, the warm water and salt will help with the elimination process. So from this I can definitely tell you the weight that you will lose is all WATER weight. After you resume your normal eating habits the weight will come back on fast.

You may be wondering if this diet is used to cleanse our system, why is it so bad? Well, int he cleansing process we lose very important electrolytes and there is risk of dehydration. The most negative part of this diet, as I have mentioned, NO PERMANENT weight loss.

In my opinion stick to a diet that is low in fat, low in carbohydrates, full of fresh fruits and vegetables, and also incorporate healthy grains. This type of diet does not promise rapid weight loss, but does promote weight loss in a gradual manner. When you lose weight gradually and in a healthy way the weight loss will be permanent. Also, you will have to incorporate an exercise regimen as well. If you exercise even 30 minutes a day or every other day it will help!

Stay away from diets that promise a quick fix to a bigger problem.

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