So what exactly is detox? Does it actually benefit my body? How often should i practice it? What are the advantages to doing it? How do i go about getting started? More often than not, these are just one of the tons of questions that pops up in one’s mind when the word ‘DETOX’ is told. And in these days, people are using this word so frequently that got me wondering if they really knew the meaning to it. A common issue would be the various beautified terms around, ‘Detox Diet’, ‘Detox Programme’, ‘Detox Workout’ etc. And this DETOX would eventually equates to DIETING, for many.
However, if not practised correctly, this may actually lead to harmful effects to the body. Why so?
In fact, when one embarks on this diet, there will be a drastic lowering of calorie intake which usually only consists of non solid food, i.e. liquid diet. But whatever that is available in the commercial market, promotes more of its own branding than the healthy benefits for one, and as stated in womens health magazine, these diets usually have, “very low-calorie or contain diuretics that flush your body of potassium and other crucial nutrients.” And the assumingly weight lost from the 3 days detox diet, is actually just water weight, or worse still, muscles that you have lost and nothing of the fats that everyone claimed! And since muscles are responsible for the extra amount of calorie we burn throughout the day, the metabolism actually slows way down to preserve the muscles and our bodily funtion. and the bad news is once you return back to the normal diet, you’ll eventually gain weight faster with FEWER calories!
Nevertheless, all is not lost. DETOX is actually a medium that aids the body in cleansing when done properly. With this said, as quoted from the womenshealthmag, one, “can feel like an intervention, a fresh beginning” after the period of detoxification. During this period, it also gives the digestive system a short break from the excess food taken daily.
Thus, a good plan would be one that provides minimum calorie but without a deficit for one’s body, which includes sufficient fibre and protein to sustain one through the day without feeling lethargic or any less energetic.
A Suggested Plan
- a glass of warm water with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice
- Scrambled egg whites and 1 slice whole-wheat toast, dry
or 1 cup cooked oats or cooked oatmeal topped with ½ cup berries or 2 Tbsp nutsSnack:
• 1 medium sized apple
or 1/3 cup natural trail mix
• 1 cup fresh spinach or lightly sautéed spinach or kale, squeezed with fresh lemon or orange juice
or 1 cup asparagus with 1 tsp olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice
• 4 oz grilled, baked, or broiled salmon, chicken, or pork tenderloin, seasoned with spices such as lemon pepper
• 1/2 cup edamame beans, steamed
• 8 pecan halves
• 1/2 sweet potato or one citrus fruit (orange or grapefruit)
• 4 oz low-fat yogurt
• Large spinach or romaine salad with vegetables. Dress with 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil mixed with lemon juice or vinegar (any variety)
• ½ cup to 1 cup asparagus or artichoke hearts, steamed
• 4 oz lean chicken with spices, baked or grilled
• ½ cup brown rice, barley, bulgur, or quinoa
• 8 oz water or decaffeinated green or herbal tea
• ¾ cup to 1 cup blueberries
or ½ cup pomegranate seeds
or low-fat organic yogurt or low-fat cottage cheese
So bottomline is, lose weight the right way and do not rely on substitute foods for energry. Choose natural (sattvic food) which increases life, purity, strength, health and more, over processed food for convenience. In addition, it is also important to have a well-balanced diet with adequate amount of water which gives the body sufficent nutrients to function to the day to day chores. Water, a great cleansing tool, helps dissolves and distributes food while removing impurities in the body. What’s more, its calorie free! Have a sip, before any cravings comes haunting, you may not be genuinely hungry there!