If your meals have consisted of fast food, alcohol, and sugar for too long, you may be tempted to try a detox cleanse to help rid your body of toxic substances and jump-start your weight loss program and get back on track. But before buying some special teas or miracle cleanse, learn some things you didn’t know about cleansing to make sure you do it the right way!
1. Fatigue and Tiredness
When you are doing a detox, you may feel tired during and after a cleanse. It’s normal to feel a little tired since you’re not eating as much, so don’t overdo any physical activity. And don’t do a detox for too long. You don’t want your metabolism to make major adjustments and fall into a yo-yo cycle. This fatigue, affects your activity level and may decrease your metabolism, stated a 2006 study in the Obesity Review. So when you do a detox, do them for short periods of time and not too frequently.
2. Eliminate Toxins
The goal of a detox should be just that – to detoxify your body from unwanted materials that we all get in our food, water, and even from the air we breathe. Our systems do have internal detoxifiers like our liver and kidneys, but in our modern world, we are sometimes overloaded with toxins. Too many toxins can impact our health, our weight, our respiratory systems and a host of other problems. A properly done detox will cleanse your body from an overload of these harmful substances and make way for a healthy food based diet when completed.
3. Frequent Bathroom Trips
Since you are cleaning out your body, it’s only natural that you’ll be going to the bathroom much more frequently. Most people who do detox programs will experience a loosening of the bowels due to the high concentration of acids and herbs in the detox formula. Frequent urination is also to be expected since toxins are expelled that way, too. It may seem counterintuitive, but to combat these side effects, drink a lot more water than you normally would – you don’t want to risk dehydration from a cleanse and cause complications and possible harm to your digestive system.
4. Water Weight Loss
Speaking of all that water, a lot of the weight you will lose on a detox program is from water weight. During the first few days of a detox, it’s likely that you will lose a few pounds, but most of this will be water. The danger in this is that dieters see “fast results” and continue the detox plan longer than they should and begin losing muscle mass because they’re not eating. Instead, after a few days of a liquid-only detox, nutritionists recommend more moderate, whole-food-based detox programs that are often supported by carefully selected nutritional supplements. These are safer, more beneficial to your overall health, and less likely to negatively affect metabolism, and cause subsequent weight gain when you finish the detox.
5. Secret Ingredients
Make sure that your detox plan isn’t just a bunch of laxatives masked by a miracle weight loss claim. While laxatives can be helpful occasionally to treat severe constipation, if used incorrectly your digestive tract can be harmed and a dependence on laxatives for bowel movements may develop.
While cleansing and detoxing occasionally is great to help maintain overall health, it should not be done as a quick fix to lose weight. Jump starting your healthy, whole food based weight loss diet is okay, but don’t become addicted to the yo-yo cycle of detoxing and binging. This will only do harm to your body inside and out. Take a look at our Viance website for lots of healthy ways to manage your weight loss the natural way!