The Detox Diet: Friend or Foe?
Memorial Weekend is coming up, and I don’t know about you, but after three day weekends I am usually in serious need of some detox! After an overly-indulgent weekend, I always make sure to get back on track with my workouts and healthy eating plan. Many of my friends, however, take it one step further by adopting a detox diet. If you are thinking of doing the same you might want to continue reading.
I have had friends shed pounds from liquid detox programs only to gain the weight right back again, and some experts say that many of these diets can even be harmful to your health. Most detox diets combine minimal calories and nutrients with supposedly fat-melting ingredients like vinegar or cayenne pepper, but there is actually little science backing up the claim that a liquid diet like this will rid your body of so-called toxins.
Many commercial detox diets aren’t regulated by the FDA and can even pose harm, especially if they feature diuretics that flush your body of nutrients that you need. Of course, nutrients are lost during exercise (you sweat them out), but that’s what electrolyte replacement drinks are for! The reason people lose weight so quickly when following a detox diet is that they are losing water weight, but that only lasts so long.
What’s my take as Vita Girl? Recover from a holiday weekend hangover with a longer workout than normal and some healthy—but not restrictive—eating.