If you’ve been struggling with weight loss it’s likely that you’ve heard talk of detox diets and how miraculous they can be in your quest to lose weight. And while we don’t believe in touting miracle treatments (because duh. Nothing is ever that easy) we’ve done our share of research on detox diets and find them to be worth a waggle if you want to get healthy.
How does detoxing work?
Detoxing works by helping your liver and kidney (your body’s natural detox organs) to remove toxins from your body naturally. While these organs have the primary responsibility of ridding the body of toxins, by actively detoxing through changing your diet you are able to speed up the process and help them with their job of expelling bodily waste.
Detoxing involves changing your diet by focusing on eating specific foods while eliminating others from your diet.
How long should it last?
While many 3-day and 1-day detox diets are promoted online, it is smart to give your body time by maintaining your new and improved diet for about 2 weeks. Remember it is not a miracle solution that will work overnight. It requires your commitment and dedication. Think of it as a lifestyle change instead of a diet fad.
What should you eat?
It is important to take note of the specific foods that are permitted when you are on a detox diet. While this will depend on the specific kind of detox diet you decide to try, there are some foods that are standard Dos and Don’ts across all diets.
Eating clean is important while detoxing. Remember the goal is to rid your body of toxins and unwanted substances so it is important to eat whole foods. Your meals should include fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, and fish.
Fiber is also important as it helps promote regularity, which is a critical part of the detox process. Insoluble fiber found in leafy green vegetables like kale helps with the flow of food through the intestines. Likewise, soluble fiber found in foods like beans and apples helps with bowel movement.
Any detox plan must include drinking enough water. Doctors generally recommend drinking 8 classes daily, and while you are detoxing this amount should be maintained.
What should you avoid?
Of course, any effort to lose weight and stay healthy should involve removing unhealthy foods from your diet. For this reason, when you decide to detox certain foods must be removed from your diet.
That includes fast-food, candy, frozen dinners, and pastries from the store.
While dairy products have their share of benefits, they should be avoided, mainly because these benefits can be derived from other foods. Also, since most of us adults have some trouble digesting dairy it’s best to skip it and get your calcium and protein from another source like leafy greens and legumes or beans.
Alcohol and Coffee
Drinking alcohol places pressure on your liver, and as you may recall, your liver plays an important part in detoxing. So do yourself a favor and avoid the alcohol. And avoid coffee while you’re at it. Your body will thank you.
It is a good idea to avoid meats while on a detox diet as meat slows down the digestion procession and clogs the bowels.
Now that you’ve covered all the basics you’re ready to waggle along on your own detox plan. Let us know how you get along in the comments section.