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Monday, July 2, 2012

TheTruth About..Detox Diets

The Truth About..Detox Diets
"Detox" is certainly a popular buzzword in the dieting world! The idea behind it is that we need to periodically clear the "toxic waste" from our body in order to stay healthy.In particular, we might be tempted to detox after over-indulging a little, for example at Christmas.Some of the claims made in relation to detox diets include: magical weight loss; improved digestion; improved hair,nails and skin; improved energy levels; boosted immune system; banishment of cellulite. Detox diets can last from around one day to around one month and may involve:  

1. Fasting for short periods of time

2. Consuming only fruits and vegetables  

3. Cutting out wheat and dairy foods

4. Consuming a limited range of foods

5. Avoiding caffeine and alcohol

The   Facts
Fasting, or severely restricting food consumption, limits intake of energy and important nutrients that are needed for health and well-being. Rapid weight loss occurs when fasting or severely restricting dietary intake, but this weight loss is water, glycogen (the body's carbohydrate stores) and muscle, rather than fat. You may feel fatigued and dizzy and it's likely you'll have less energy while you are following a detox programme that involves fasting. Further, if you are fasting your body won't have the proper fuels available to carry out sustained exercise and activity - an important aspect of general well-being and healthy weight management. At the end the programme, when you return to your old eating habits, any weight lost is likely to go back on!

A   Balanced   Diet
It does make sense to avoid excessive intakes of caffeine, alcohol and high-fat, high-sugar foods. However, if you want to maintain optimal health then the best approach is a balanced diet, with at least five portions of different fruit and vegetables a day; plenty of wholegrain cereals; lean meat,fish and alternatives and low fat dairy products. If you are looking to lose weight then consider reducing portion sizes,and don't forget to take plenty of exercise.


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