6 Major Flaws with a Detox Diet Plan
Fads come and go. I have proof of this on my driver’s license picture, which was taken in the very early 2000’s when every guy was sporting frosted tips. My history with fads is long lived. Thanks to Vanilla Ice, I was walking around with lines shaved in the sides of my head when I was in second grade. There are two confessions I’ve made to you, so you owe it to me to read the rest of this blog post! Plus the information in it will do you some good.
The nutrition world is no stranger to fads. All natural, Atkins, intermittent fasting, and detoxing. Many have been one hit wonders but for whatever reason, detox diet plans seem to stick around for a fight. I’m constantly asked about detox diets and what is the best detox diet plan. Anyone familiar with me knows I’m not a fan. I even got in trouble with an employer for not trying to upsell clients on a detox plan. Here’s why:
1. Where Do You Draw the Line?
Where do you draw the line on your own personal toxicity? How does one become more toxic than someone else? Alcohol is considered a toxic substance, but most people that I’ve met who do a detox don’t quit their social drinking activities after completing the cleanse. Foods can interact with each other and cause absorption problems. For example, too much copper can inhibit zinc absorption; so is someone who has too much copper in their diet considered toxic?
2. No Lesson Learned
Gaining muscle takes discipline. It requires focus to train hard and eat enough food day in, day out. The same can be said for losing weight. While it may have taken them a while to get there, these people tend to keep the weight off for life because they did it the right way. Losing weight is not a matter of luck. It’s a skill that takes a tactical and smart approach. Plus you need to discover how your body responds to different amounts of fat, protein, and carbohydrates. Learning this over time allows you to make smart decisions as life goes on. A detox done as a quick fix doesn’t teach you anything about yourself.
3. The Art of Deception
For those who try to use a detox diet for weight loss, think again. The weight you lose is either water weight, fat, intestinal bulk, or muscle. Let’s hope you don’t lose muscle because that’s never a good idea. We want to lose fat, but as we stated before, that requires precise planning. What that leaves us with is a bunch of water that you may lose because the detox is not doing anything to spark your metabolic rate. Actually, it may even do some damage to your metabolism by slowing it down.
4. Safety First
The supplement industry in unregulated. You’re basically left to fend for yourself. So whether you find a detox kit in a supplement store, hear about something from a friend of a friend, or read about a cleanse on the internet, you’re on your own. While some people relish at the fact of starving themselves to become healthy (a rather weird contradiction), your body isn’t excited. Organs need nutrients and your heart needs electrolytes to function. A major depletion of these electrolytes can cause arrhythmias or lead to further complications.
5. How Long Can You Last?
Some detox diets want you to eliminate certain foods, while others tend to go a bit extreme. Nearly all are built around a low calorie and low protein intake, so the question is how long can you last on this? It’s not suitable for our fast paced lifestyle. One could argue that stress can cause the body to become toxic, and isn’t chronic calorie deprivation considered a stress?
6. Being Redundant
Many detox plans are built around a fast – the less you eat, the better the alleged benefits because your body is given a chance to repair itself without having to intake more food. If this is the definition of a detox, then every single one of us perform a detox every night…when we sleep! That meal you eat first thing in the morning, breakfast, is called that for a reason: you’re breaking your fast. If you eat dinner at a reasonable time, then you’re going about 12 hours without eating – that’s half of your day! I would consider that plenty of time to let your digestive system do what it needs to do.
Detox diets sound like a lot more trouble than they are worth. Wouldn’t it just be easier to add some more vegetables to each meal, enjoy food, drink plenty of water, and get to bed at a reasonable time? Remember, getting in shape requires a smarter approach, not necessarily a harder one.