Detoxification is a process many people use to expel unwanted toxins from their bodies, following a regimen that closely resembles what others might call a cleansing. In short, detox diets typically involve drinking plenty of water and eating some fruits and vegetables, in effect drastically cutting calories for a short period of time to enhance their body's health and maybe – as a bonus – drop a few pounds in the process. Per timesofindia.com, there is an assortment of such processes that could all be categorized as detox diets. Some include no eating at all (fasting) while focusing on liquid intake only; others might call for eating only fruit, (such as grapes), and some that go so far as to make use of enemas and laxatives. For someone looking to drop the few pounds needed to squeeze into that tux or favorite dress for next weekend's wedding or who exited Thanksgiving weekend seven pounds heftier than they were a week earlier, a detox diet might be a short-term solution. Whether following such a regimen for the longer term is a good idea is certainly open to debate, if not criticism.
What Kind of Toxins Are We Talking About?Let's first make sure we are talking about the right kind of detoxification. One involves a situation in which a child or even an adult has accidentally swallowed a poison or an overdose of prescription pills, and an emergency detox at the hospital is in order. That's hot what this blog is about. Chemical toxins, such as industrial pollutants or even substances found in your home such as formaldehyde in carpet and PFCs in upholstered furniture, per edf.org, are essentially everywhere. Once these more common toxins have entered your body as a matter of everyday living (and often unknown to you), your liver and kidneys are your major organs at work 24/7 processing and filtering out these toxins before they are expelled via urination, perspiration, and bowel movements, per timesofindia.com. Left to its own devices, and assuming you are reasonably healthy, your body can handle the elimination of toxins pretty much by itself.
Detox Diets Aimed at Weight LossIf you have started a detox diet, telling loved ones and acquaintances that you are doing it only for cleansing purpose, while deep down knowing your goal really is to lose weight, there are some points to consider:
- The weight you're losing is most likely water weight and not fat, and fat loss is instrumental to success in a true, long-term weight-loss program.
- Per verywellfit.com, crash dieting – which is what detox dieting is, let's be honest – can lead to muscle loss and even a drop in energy levels. That can be detrimental for people who regularly participate in sports or exercise, or those who have physically demanding jobs.
- Detoxing for the longer term can slow down your metabolism, making future attempts to lose weight a lost cause (and by lost cause we don't mean lost weight ).
- Most people quickly gain back the weight soon after ending their detox diet.
- Detox diets aren't for everyone. Diabetics, pregnant women, children, and teenagers are advised to avoid detox diets, per verywellfit.com, as well as anyone with a heart condition or other serious medical concern. At the very least, a consultation with your physician is in order before starting a detox diet.