WHY I DON'T DETOX
You’re faced with it almost every day on social media. Another day, another selfie of someone holding a bottle of green juice which can only be likened to pond slime.
'Day 1 of my juice detox, sooooo excited [insert flexed arm emoji here] #Fitspo.'
They are literally everywhere.
‘Start this 5 day juice detox’
'Buy our 14 day Tea-Tox'
‘Try the 4 Week Body Cleanse’
With the copious volume of products and plans, comes promises of rapid weight-loss, health rejuvenation and the removal of 'nasty toxins’.
Here comes the problem. You're actually detoxing all the time. The word is now used as something you need to physically do\buy when in reality the only time you’re actually not ‘detoxing’ is when you’re dead. When alive (obvz), our bodies are already pretty qualified at getting rid of waste and toxins - it does it all for you. You're detoxing right now.
And don’t get me wrong. If youre looking for weight loss detoxes do work... but then again why wouldn’t they? Let me explain what I mean.
You go on your 5 day juice cleanse with a goal to lose weight. You’re armed with 6 juices a day, each with pretty labels and inspiring names such as ‘glow’ and ‘purify’. You’re already feeling like a health goddess. Each juice will be between 60-100 calories - let’s call it 80 to make it simple. So over the course of the day, you’re consuming 480 calories.
If we are using myself as an example, that’s 1,370 calories less than what I consume daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If I do this for 5 days, that’s 6,850 calories I’m starving my body of. I feel tired through-out the entire course, shaky and unstable not to mention terrible performance in the gym.
However I weigh myself at the end and I am over half a stone lighter. Result. But it almost always will not last. What so many don’t realise is that to put your body through this kind of deprivation is not only dangerous but entirely counter-productive.
Firstly, it wasn't the 'detox' that made you lighter, it was the extreme calorie deficit you were putting yourself through. There's nothing special in these juices - it's all in the calorie restriction. And secondly, yes - weight is lost, but that's total body weight. It most certainly won’t all be from fat, but from water and muscle instead - things which are pretty important and favourable to maintain. As soon as you resume back to your normal daily life, you’ll be back to square one.
I am speaking from experience too. A couple of years ago, back when my blog was a Tumblr account and I thought a body cream could get rid of cellulite, I tried a popular 14 day teatox which claimed to give you rapid weight-loss by cleansing my colon. Without going into too much detail, it basically ‘cleansed’ my colon every night which naturally was horrific. Yet led to a flatter stomach so of course I thought it worked.
What I didn't know was that this was all basically water. A week later, all of the ‘weight’ I had lost returned, giving me a great sense of disappointment and left me assuming it was my fault. So what did I do? I went and bought another 'detox', wasting more of my money on something which would never give me the sustainable results I wanted.
Break the cycle and trust your body; it’s an amazing thing, let it work it’s magic. Don’t buy into these products. I know you want that quick fix, doesn’t everyone? But there’s honesty no way of getting around the fact that good, sustainable results take time to achieve.
Work out what your goal is, ensure it's realistic, and start making small changes. Whether that's increasing your protein intake or limiting fizzy drinks and sweets, focus on maintaining consistency and the results will come.
The Fashion Fitness Foodie x