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If you’re having trouble losing weight and keeping it off…
If you’re battling hunger and cravings…
If you want to “reset” your system after a period of poor health habits…
Or if you generally just feel like crap…
You might find yourself seriously considering some sort of “detox diet.”
The yoga girl swears by a 3-day water cleanse. The smiley doctor guy says a juice diet can give you a shiny new liver. The raw food weirdo gushes about the wonders of eating everything uncooked. And don’t get me started about the Instagram “models” smugly posing with their green smoothies and kale chips.
The more you look, the more cleanses and detox programs you find, with each one apparently better than the last.
The problem, however, is all of them are missing the forest for the trees.
While it’s true your body is regularly exposed to a wide variety of toxic substances, and while some of them are particularly nasty and can accumulate in body fat, there’s no evidence that trendy “cleanses” and “detox diets” help mitigate the damage or rid the body of toxins.
That is, yes, your body has a certain amount of harmful chemicals deposited in its fat stores, but no, drinking a bunch of lemonade for a week isn’t going to do anything about it.
If you want to feel and look great for the rest of your life, you need to commit to several things:
- Exercising your body several hours per week (resistance training is particularly important).
- Eating a lot of high-quality food with special emphasis on plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Not smoking.
- Consuming alcohol in moderation.
- Avoiding dependencies on drugs and medicines.
- Maintaining good sleep hygiene.
So, if you want to know why you should stop trying to detox your body, listen to this episode!
5:42 - Do toxins cause weight gain? What causes weight gain?
23:31 - What are toxins and how does the body process them?
29:02 - Do detox diets help with rapid weight loss?
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