Let me guess, you’ve been on at least one of the detox diets before in a bid to lose weight and supercharge your fat loss goals. You see people in celeb magazines promoting different detox teas or smoothies, and it seems like an easy answer to your weight problem.
I don’t blame you, their marketing sounds very convincing and most people I meet in your situation have fallen for them before. We’ve all seen something that seems like an amazingly convenient answer to our fitness prayers, but these things are rarely backed by research and don’t really work. Not on the long run anyway.
If you’ve come here wondering if detox is a good fat loss method, then my short answer is no. Sorry, but if you want to learn why, read on. There are many reasons for this, and I’ll attempt to explain them below.
When you go on a detox, it usually means you cut out many food types, or even solid meals completely and focus on drinking a particular tea or juice or other magic fat loss detox drink every day. Technically speaking, you will lose weight, the number on the scale will go down. At least at the beginning, it depends on how long your venture is.
The reason behind that seemingly amazing result is due to your incredibly low calorie intake, most times it will be well under 1000 calories. Your body will get rid of plenty of water it's been retaining as well.
The problem is that this isn’t good for you and it’s not sustainable. It's not a coincidence that most of these detoxes only last 3-7 days, some extreme ones maybe further. After only a few days you will have no energy because you’re not consuming enough calories to be a healthy human being. When you hit rock bottom, you will eat everything in sight then you will feel guilty about it.
Does that sound familiar? Why put through your body such stress only to go back to your old habits and gain all the weight and potentially some more back and feel more miserable than before you started?
Lack Of Essential Nutrients
Another issue with detoxing is that you miss out on so many essential nutrients. Even if those drinks and meal replacements include many vitamins and minerals, you will not get the main, so called macronutrients or not enough of them at least.
Your body needs a right balance of healthy fats, carbs, protein, and fiber for working at an optimum level. Depleting yourself from one or more of them for an extended period of time is a sure way to become ill.
Zero Focus On Exercise
Perhaps my biggest dislike for detoxing revolves around the idea that you don’t need to exercise. They will probably advise you not to, but they won't tell you why. Simples. Your brain only needs about 500 calories a day just to operate, the recommended daily calorie intake for an average woman is around 2000 calories. This means the rest of your body will need the other 1500 for your other organs, bones, muscles, etc. Exercising on a detox is very dangerous. So they will advise you not to.
Let’s get one thing straight; at Team Howell we believe in the fat loss benefits of strength training and exercising. It’s proven that weight training helps you build lean muscle mass, which is linked to fat loss. The more muscle you have on your body, the faster your metabolism works, kicking your natural fat burning ability into overdrive. Besides, staying strong is the best way to hold onto a decent quality of life and prevent a host of health issues as you get older.
I get it. You want to see results and you want it yesterday so you want to believe that there is a magic pill or at least a detox that does all the magic. I have bad news, lady. In reality, it’s just a fad that’s not supported by any evidence. If you really want to achieve your fat loss goals and be healthy, then choose a more sustainable method that’s proven to work.
Would you like to know more about how the team at Team Howell helps women see the fat loss results they desire? Feel free to get in touch!