The Truth About Detox Diets

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Detox diets are all the rage when it comes to fast weight loss, but are they safe? Before starting a “too good to be true” weight loss program, learn the truth about detox diets and their dangerous side effects.

What is a detox diet?

According to Hollywood and anyone looking for a quick diet fix, a detox diet is the answer. In theory, a detox diet is designed to flush unwanted toxins out of the body caused by the build-up of processed foods, fats and sugars. As a result of nutrient loss, rapid weight loss can be experienced.

There are many varieties of detox diets that can be purchased through health food stores, online and even homemade recipes that include unique and potentially harmful ingredients. The majority of detox diets are designed to follow an extremely low calorie diet, with the exception of fruits and vegetables, with weight-loss supplements.

Are they safe?

Any promise of quick weight loss that requires starving the body of essential nutrients is never a healthy way to diet. The body was not designed to experience withdrawals or extended periods of fasting and does not need to detoxify. With healthy eating habits and a regular exercise program, the body will absorb the nutrients it needs and dispose of the rest without any expensive products or at-home recipes.

Dangerous side effects include: cramping, bloating, nausea, diarrhea, dehydration, vomiting, fatigue, vitamin and/or mineral deficiencies.

Before starting any diet regimen, consult a physician. Be smart, do not fall prey to the promises of financially driven businesses that claim their product to be the only solution out there. For healthy weight-loss, focus on lean proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products. Eliminating many processed foods and eating a healthier diet can help shed pounds and increase energy without the harmful effects of detox diets. 

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