There’s no denying it—
detoxification diets are popular,
especially after the holiday season.
They’re touted as a quick way to
eliminate toxins or lose weight.
Detox regimes vary but most involve
small amounts of fruits and vegetables,
and herbal supplements in liquid, pill
or powder form. Another common
denominator is avoiding specific foods,
Eating well is the best way to cleanse your body
such as meats, grains, dairy products,
processed foods, sugars, alcohol and
fermented products (wine, beer and
soy sauce). Many detox diets are also
based on low-calorie intake or fasting.
Few, if any, are nutritionally sound.
“These fad detox diet plans are
nothing more than a quick fix, and are
not recommended for weight loss by
registered dietitians. They can also
cause all kinds of health problems,
including muscle loss,” Calgary-based
registered dietitian Rory Hornstein
When people fast, Hornstein
explains, their bodies burn calories
more slowly. When they start eating
again, any weight they might have
lost usually returns. And the resulting
weight gain is likely to be all fat.
Fad detox diet plans are nothing more than a quick fix.