Dear Dr. Levister: I always gain weight during the holidays. Is a fiber based detox diet a healthy fast way to lose those extra pounds? L.B.
Dear L.B. There is no doubt that you can lose weight quickly on a diet that allows you limited food while increasing your fiber intake. But that doesn’t mean that it’s a healthy way to lose weight.
Seems you’ve come across the glowing promises made by proponents of detox diets. They’re the latest in a long list of fad diets.
On the surface the premise seems reasonable: by ridding your body of excess chemicals and pollutants that you breathe and ingest, you clear your system, which speeds up your metabolism and allows your body to absorb nutrients more efficiently, causing you to crave less food, reduce bloating (gas), fluid retention and lose weight. Makes a lot of sense, except detox is not the miracle it’s cracked up to be.
There is no scientific evidence that the practice of detoxification is a weight buster or for that matter a healthy way to rid the body of gunk.
Your liver and kidneys are perfectly capable of getting rid of toxins from your body and as long as they are functioning properly, there is no need to flush them.
Not only is detoxing unnecessary and unscientific the practice on a regular basis can be detrimental. Because detox diets call for a lot of fiber and flushing foods they can cause dehydration from diarrhea.
As with so many other weight loss regiments people are swayed by the promise of fast results. Sadly the more we buy and consume these diet products the fatter we become. Once you return to eating regular food, you will see the pounds pile on again.
Oprah Winfrey who has spent much of her adult life battling the bulge, this month revealed she has ballooned to 200 pounds.
Weight loss can be is a huge challenge for a variety of reasons to include over eating and a lack of exercise.
Use common sense – incorporating a balanced, healthy diet and regular moderate exercise is the only way to lose weight and keep it off.
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