Spring is officially here (although the weather doesn’t match just yet) and it is also time when we try to get rid of everything we packed on over the winter. Extra kilos, toxins in the body and so on. A detox should help.. or not?
Detox is this magical word, something like a healthier variation of a restricted diet. Motivation to try detox varies, however it is usually the urge to lose a few kilos and get rid of toxins our body stores and doesn’t need. So what is really the deal with detox?
First and most important: Our body has the ability to detoxify on its own. This needs to be said because one would think that we litter our body with toxins on a daily basis and a new three-day detox should resolve that. “Detox” is happening in our body every day. You can of course boost this process. Mainly by eating non- processed quality foods, a lot of fruit and vegetables, get enough sleep and exercise moderately, breathe deeply, sweat, get plenty of liquids and more. These simple daily habits are overall much more important than a short term detox.
Can detox help with weight loss?
Detox can vary in its length, mostly three to fourteen days. Some opt to drink just green tea or fruit juices; others decide to consume just one food type – for example rice. It is important to stress that during the detox the body does not get all the necessary nutrients it needs, including fiber, minerals and vitamins.
If the detox lasts longer, the diet is lacking protein, which leads to a muscle mass loss. And we do not need that. We want the exact opposite. The more muscle mass, the faster basal metabolism and faster burning of calories.
Majority of the weight loss occurring during a detox, is usually just water loss or the above mentioned muscle mass loss. You will gain the weight right back after the detox is finished.
You also have to realize that it is a lot of stress for the organism. If you decide to proceed with the detox because you are suffering from a headache, you have digestion issues etc.; it is very likely it will just get worse. Usually, it is not a toxin problem but unhealthy habits.
How to do detox in a healthy way?
If you feel like you might still benefit from some sort of “detox”, you feel tired and you are aware that your diet has been poor lately or you can’t sleep, try to go back to basics. Promise yourself to focus just on yourself for a week. Find new healthy recipes, eat enough fruit and vegetables, go to bed at the same time and also wake up at the same time every day, try to exercise daily, even if it is just a short walk, drink water and herbal teas, breathe deeply and enjoy spending time offline, because staring at a screen non-stop can be very tiring (been there).
It is not just about the weight loss
Detox and fasting have – besides the weight-loss aspect – also a spiritual level. Everyone has to find his or her own system that works and if detox is something you find beneficial, there is no need to change it. What is important to know is why am I doing it and whether or not it brings me the desired results.
How about you and detox? Comment below!