Cleansing, dieting, and fasting are modern fitness fads that have all produced some fantastic claims about weight loss and detoxing, and some decidedly mixed results. A detox diet will help you lose weight, clean your system, clear your mind, and improve your body’s processes, but only if you do it properly.
To make sure you’re doing it properly, here are a few ways how not to detoxify:
Going to the Extremes
Although you will be changing your routine when it comes to the things you eat, drink, and do while on a detox, you don’t need to go to the extremes to get the job done. The South Beach Diet, the DASH diet, and the Isagenix program, for example, don’t require you to starve yourself to death.
Many successful diet and cleanse programs focus on changing some of your routines, all while meeting your body’s nutritional requirements. You may need to substitute a few meals, but you shouldn’t be skipping them.
Failing to Prepare
Taking a cavalier attitude towards cleansing the body will likely get you a mixed bag of results. You need to fully prepare yourself for the program. Trying the TLC diet in New York, the South Beach Diet in Miami, or the Isagenix program in Perth, for example, will require changes.
You should then know not only how you’re going about the program, but also how you’re going to start it, how long you’ll follow it, and how you’ll go “back to normal” once it’s done. You also have to define what the new “normal” will be once you’re finished with the health program. These questions should be answered during your preparation phase, or you’ll be setting yourself up for failure.
Giving Up Too Soon
While you don’t want to go to the extremes, you also don’t want to give up when the going gets rough. It’s often just after these difficult moments that the cleanse really starts to work.
Detox, diets, and other health programs are often not that easy to do, but if you do it properly, the results pay off greatly.