While it's true that drastically reducing your food intake as part of cleanse can have a couple short-term benefits, like lowering blood pressure, there are far more reasons not to undertake intense detox diets. Here are the five most compelling.
1. You won't lose weight long-term.
Sure, radical cleanses result in quick weight loss—but the slim down won't last. "Anyone can follow a restrictive diet or cleanse for a certain period of time. Unfortunately, data shows us that, when the diet ends, most people gain back everything they lose plus more," says Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, owner of Nutrition Starring You, LLC. Save your body the roller coaster ride.
2. You'll feel like sh*t.
Lost of detox plans—juice cleanses especially—seriously scale back your intake of fat and protein. That's a problem, since those are the two nutrients your body uses to make neurotransmitters, which keep your mood stable. Plus, drastically reducing the number of calories you eat will sap your energy.
3. You'll lose muscle.
Another drawback of limiting protein: You'll lose muscle mass (on a weeklong cleanse, it can be as much as 1 pound of muscle mass per day!). "Then, when the weight comes back, it will most likely be gained as fat," says Harris-Pincus.
4. You're not actually detoxing yourself.
Detox diets talk a big game, saying they'll eliminate all manner of toxins from your body. But the truth is that your body doesn't really need assistance in that department. "Our bodies were designed to detox themselves," says Harris-Pincus. "Our liver and kidneys already do a great job of removing waste and toxins from our bodies." How can you actually help your body run optimally? Just eat healthfully, Harris-Pincus says: Add more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, and lean proteins and limit added sugars and highly processed foods.
5. You'll spend a lot of money for nothing.
Your average 3-day juice cleanse costs around a cart worth of grocery. For three days of "food." Don't get swindled.
Source: Eat Clean
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