People often lean towards detox and cleansing diets to lose weight, remove toxins from their system, to feel good about themselves, to ‘feel’ like they’ve internally cleansed themselves of all the rubbish they’ve been eating and to ‘recommit’ themselves to healthy eating habits.
While the desire to reduce cravings for sweets, indulgences and processed foods could be one of your primary objectives, the problem is that juicing and other similar cleansing and detox diets leave people, ‘hangry’, sluggish, lethargic, moody and distracted with thoughts about food.
The idea is to reboot your diet without feel restricted and starving yourself.
You should come out energized and ready to carry on with your newly inculcated healthy eating habits in your daily life. Here’s how you should go about it to feel cleansed from within after at least 7 days of following a detox diet.
But before you get into following a detox diet you need to first understand what it is, to assess where and how it fits into your goals:
What is a detox diet?
There are many types of detox diets, some include not eating at all and being on a liquid diet for some time.
While some encourage you to have only fruits. Some also include enema. Laxatives are also a part of the detoxification process.
It is said the detoxification process can help to get one rid of toxins.
What are toxins?
Toxins, as the name suggests are the chemicals that have the potential to cause harm to your body.
These toxins are everywhere, in the food you eat, where you work, in your car, on your sofa and everywhere.
Toxins, once when they enter your body are processed through organs like kidneys and liver and then later are eliminated through urination, perspiration and bowel movements.
Does detoxification actually help you to get rid of toxins?
It’s true that these toxins do not leave our body completely through the natural process of perspiration and urination.
These toxins linger in our digestive and lymph systems. These toxins can make you sick.
So, detoxification means stop eating foods that may contain toxins in them.
Talking about the positive effects of a detox diet, people who have tried it say that following it increases your energy level and in some cases, it also prevents and even cures certain health conditions.
Detox diet and weight loss
As detox plans are so much in fashion, you can surely see some your friend at office carrying a water bottle with cucumber and carrots in it.
If you restrict yourself from eating certain foods for some time and also do portion control, it obviously helps you lose weight.
But the detox diet is not one of the best methods when it comes to permanent weight loss. These diets may also not suit everyone as it includes giving up an entirely.
During the detox process, what you lose is water weight and not fat weight. That is the reason once you stop doing it, you gain back the lost amount of weight.
A detox diet can also lead to muscle loss. And muscle loss is not a great thing if you want to lose weight permanently. Muscles help you burn calories even if you do not do anything.
Your muscles burn a certain number of calories just to remain in your body.
Metabolism is directly proportional to weight loss. The higher the metabolism the more you lose weight.
And much to your surprise detox diet slows down your metabolism. And thus making it hard for you to lose weight in future.
Who should not do detox diets?
Pregnant women, diabetics, teenagers, children, people suffering from a heart disease and any other serious medical condition should not follow a detox diet.
Even people with any sort of eating disorder should not follow detox plans.
People playing sports or those who have very demanding jobs should not follow a detox diet as it will leave them deficient in nutrients and thus energy.
So, before starting any detox diet which involves any food restriction or eating any particular food, it is important to consult your doctor.
Here’s how you ideally want to reboot your diet without unnecessary restriction:
Start your day off with a glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice and hot water to help stimulate your digestive tract.
Continue to drink water through the day as hydration is critical when detoxing.
-Although intense workouts aren’t recommended during this time,
follow that with a light workout, possibly with some light yoga to keep your body warm and the blood flowing,
to keep you energized through the day.
Your first meal should contain an ample amount of fibre, to keep things moving in your system.
A smoothie recipe that contains an ample amount of fat, protein and fibre to keep you satiated and reduce the feeling of being bloated.
Stay as active as you can during the day. This includes light stretching, taking short walks, avoiding spending long durations of time in front of the computer.
Use the 20-20-20 rules when sitting in front of the computer.
Switch to alternatives, such a green tea, if you are a regular coffee drinker. Loaded with antioxidants, green tea not only helps boost your metabolism
but is great for you gut during this time.
For lunch stick to soups, salads that are rich in fibre and lean sources of carbs and protein, like pulses,
which will help keep your clean-up your gut and keep your heart healthy.
Your snacks should include the vegetable juices and fruits.
Not only are they loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, they will help keep you energized through the day.
For dinner stick to lean protein, such as beans and pulses and veggies.
The nutrient-dense fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals through your meals will keep your body nourished.
Make sure you eat your meals slowly and ‘mindfully’. Focusing on how you chew and eat will help automatically control the portions of food you consume, curbing your habits of overeating
and indulgence once you’re done with your detox.
End your day with a warm and relaxing shower, followed by enough time for quality sleep.
Your sleep is connected to lower stress, weight loss, lower likelihood of depression and a healthier system.
Keep these pro tips in mind when you’re following a detox diet:
-Your diet should be filled with foods of the colours green, orange purple and red.
Think fruits and vegetables while rebooting your diet, as they provide your body fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants—the ideal combination to cleanse your body of toxins and start the process of fat loss.
Learn to appreciate the sweetness of natural fruits by building the willpower to keep off processed foods during this time.
Avoid artificially sweetened foods, such as cereals, granola bars, ice creams, sodas and also alcohol.
Choose to chew food as much as you can over drinking juiced foods.
Chewing food allows your brain more time to recognize how much you’re eating and is able to curb hunger more efficiently. Gulping it down doesn’t allow your brain enough time to process exactly how much you’ve eaten.
-Make sure to add prunes, pulses and pears into your diet to boost your gut health, amidst the variety of food sources.
They help you reboot and cleanse your gut, improve your gut’s immunity and increase the level of probiotic bacteria present in your gut.
-Ideally, try to eat hydrating foods and consume as much liquid as possible.
Your list should include fruits, vegetables, soups, low-calorie beverages like green tea and lots of water. Stay away from new fads and other advice that you often pick up on the internet or other mediums during this time.
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