Detox diets are very popular this time of year in the lead up to summer. Many of us want to shed the few kilograms we gained over winter. Detox diets are marketed to be the perfect solution to achieve quick weight loss in time for bikini season. And there are so many detox diets to choose from! Liver detoxes, the lemon juice diet, juice cleanses and many many more! But just how effective and more importantly healthy are these diets? Are they essential every so often to balance out and maintain health?
The answer, in short, is NO! Very strict detox diets can actually be very detrimental not only to weight loss attempts but your overall health in general.
The human body has a very sophisticated detoxing system already in place. The liver, kidneys, lungs and immune system all work to protect our body from toxins.1 There is no sound scientific evidence which supports the claim that detox diets can aid in this process.1 Your body has it covered all on its own!
Read below for a summary of the many reason detox diets are not recommended.
Why are detox diets unhealthy?
What should I do instead?
There are many other ways to boost your health in the lead up for the warmer weather!
We recommend that anyone who is looking to make changes to their diet and exercise routine consult advice from a professional. Our Dietitians and Exercise Physiologists are available to provide tailored advice to help you meet your goals in a way that works with your lifestyle. Call today to make an appointment! 03 9417 4087