Why The Detox Diet Myth is Harmful

The idea of going on a detox diet may seem great if you are looking for a quick and easy way to lose weight, but detoxing is not all that it is cracked up to be.

People who support detox diets believe that they promote weight loss in the fastest possible way. They cite amazing results in a short space of time. While it's true that if you do a detox you can lose 5lbs of weight in a week, the fact is that the weight loss is not fat loss. As soon as you return to a solid food diet a lot of the weight will be regained, because all you did was lose some water that you were retaining, and empty some waste out of your colon.

Detoxing will help to give you more energy. It will make your skin look better and make you feel more alert. But what it will not do is make you slimmer. To lose fat you need to spend a prolonged period of time in a calorie deficit. Detoxing creates a calorie deficit for a short time, but it will not help you get a better relationship with food. If you want to be in a prolonged calorie deficit then you will need to approach your diet differently.

Learn to weigh and measure your food, count calories, and eat sensibly. Drink water instead of soda, choose filling but not calorie dense foods and cut down on the amount of snacking that you do. This is what will make the difference between yo-yo dieting and losing weight and keeping it off in the long term.

Detoxing has its place as an occasional motivational tool, but it is not going to replace a good education about nutrition and exercise.