I’m compelled to write more about detox diets and cleanse programs now that the biggest time of the year for weight loss is nearing. The number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. However it is estimated that less than 9% of people will actually achieve their weight loss goals. It’s kind of surprising when you consider the fact that the weight loss industry spends BILLIONS of dollars marketing diets, pills, gimmicks, procedures, etc.
If you are embarking on a weight loss journey, you may be compelled to participate in a ‘detox cleanse’. Depending on the type of program you choose, this may do very little for your weight loss efforts and in fact, it can even worsen your situation.
Calorie restricted programs that rely on juices and liquids for the majority of the cleanse can really slow down your metabolism and make it even harder for you to lose weight. Your body is smarter than you realize. Imagine that the inside of your body is made up of thousands of workers. They are responsible for the processes in your body like digesting food, storing calories for energy, transporting nutrients and oxygen to your cells, etc. To do their jobs they need calories for energy. If you restrict calories to your body, your workers will be hesitant to use them to do their jobs. They may think to themselves, ‘Maybe we should store these calories instead of using them just in case we don’t get many more. We can slow down some of our processes so that we utilized less calories.” This is basically the exact opposite of what you want to happen when you are trying to lose weight. You want to give your workers the proper nutrition they need, through healthy calories, so they can do their jobs efficiently. Your body needs all types of calories from carbs, healthy fats and protein, to function at its best. The way to do this is by embarking on a whole foods cleanse, one that reduces toxins in your body while also speeding up your metabolism and helping to burn extra calories.
Our 14-day Paleo Detox cleanse does just that. It’s unlike most other cleanses where you drink liquids and feel hungry all day. This cleanse removes hormones, steroids and refined foods from your diet while providing your body with the nutrition needed to function at its best. As a result of eating frequent whole meals as outlined in our plan, your metabolism will speed up and burn calories more efficiently.
Please be wary of extreme cleanses or pills that promise to melt away the pounds. Weight loss has been and always will be about eating whole foods that provide your body with good nutrition while balancing the amount of calories you take in with the amount of calories you burn. There is no pill that can do that for you. Just healthy eating and making smart choices.