There’s no denying it—detoxification diets are popular,especially after the holiday season.
They’re touted as a quick way toeliminate toxins or lose weight.
Detox regimes vary but most involvesmall amounts of fruits and vegetables,and herbal supplements in liquid, pillor powder form. Another commondenominator is avoiding specific foods,
Eating well is the best way to cleanse your body
such as meats, grains, dairy products,processed foods, sugars, alcohol andfermented products (wine, beer andsoy sauce). Many detox diets are alsobased 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, Hornsteinexplains, their bodies burn caloriesmore slowly. When they start eatingagain, any weight they might havelost usually returns. And the resultingweight gain is likely to be all fat.
Photo:VeerFad detox diet plans are nothing more than a quick fix.