A detox diet is not a magic pill or a quick fix. YES it can help you reduce your belly bloat and lose some weight.
If you are at the point where you are seriously considering a detox diet, you probably don’t feel too great in your own skin.
I know as I have been there. Like me you probably have a big belly.
You probably feel tired and slightly unwell for no real reason.
The purpose of a detox diet is to reduce the toxins in our bodies and lose a few pounds. A smart approach to a detox diet, is to think long term and avoid a detox diet that eliminates healthy food groups from it, completely.
It is better off to do a detox that includes more food and goes for a longer period of time, than to do a crash detox that sees you only surviving on liquids. Many people cannot cope with a crash detox, and they are not healthy for you either.
Remember, the state that your health is in now in has taken time to develop to get to this point. You cannot erase years of wrong eating and lack of exercise in 3 days. It will take time to reverse what you have done to yourself.
Common Problems On A Detox Diet
Having A Bad Reaction
- Common reactions to a detox are getting a headache and feeling nausea’s. You may need to phase out caffeine and sugar in the week before your detox rather than cutting them out cold turkey on day 1 of your diet. If you are a coffee addict try dandelion tea or herbal teas in the week or 2 before to help you break the addiction.
Starting On The Wrong Day Of The Week
- Don’t start your detox on the most busiest day of your week. You want to take your time and make sure you have it all under control rather than feel stressed out and doing it all in a rush. For some people starting on a weekend may good and for others it may be a Monday morning. Plan to start on your easiest day of the week to avoid failure on day 1.
Not Drinking Enough Water
- Water is essential to a detox diet. Most people don’t drink enough water. You must drink while you are detoxing as this will help flush out toxins and waste from your bowel.
- If you have been doing some form of exercise before your detox diet, then you should try to continue on with it during your detox. If you haven’t, then you will have to decide during your detox, if you feel good enough to start. If you are getting headaches and feeling nauseas then we suggest you should probably avoid exercising. Again if you are under a doctors care for an illness or injury, consult with them.
Diarreah Or Nausea
- Some detox products contain ingredients in them that can give people diarreah or make them feel sick. Who wants to be running to the bathroom all day Its not practical when you are at work or sudying. We recommed a recipe that you make at home from natural products.
Foods To Include On Your Detox Diet
You should eat fruits and vegetables that contain lots of fiber.
You can also include plant based protein such as lentils, chick peas, tofu, peanuts, almonds and spirulina.
It is also good to include probiotics and fermented foods such as yoghurt, kefir, tempeh, sauerkraut, kombucha, pickles traditional buttermilk (not cultured) and miso.
Prepare each meal so that it is balanced. Each meal should include:
- Healthy fat (like avocado)
- Whole grain carbs
- Fruits and/or vegetables
Try to keep your meals interesting and tasty.
Include spices into your detox diet:
Take the time to experiment and try out new flavors to make your meals tasty and delicious, such as;
- Black pepper
- Cilantro (Coriander)
Foods To Avoid On Your Detox Diet:
Do not eat processed foods, or any foods that will slow down the digestive process such as:
- Dairy; cheese and milk
- Sugary foods
- Packaged or frozen foods/meals
They key is to eat fresh foods.
Once The Detox Is Over
Once you have finished your detox try to include some of the easier elements into your daily life. Such as drinking more water, eating more fiber based vegetables or probiotic foods. Try to build on what you have achieved.
Failing On A Detox Diet
If you try to detox and it is a failure, it may be because you tried to go too big or too extreme. Don’t be afraid to take baby steps. Make smaller adjustments or less changes to your diet and lifestyle until you get to a level you can cope with and then add to that.
Don’t judge Yourself Too Harshly
It can take 30 – 60 days for new habits to become our new normal. Don’t put yourself down if you have a bad day or slip up. Just start fresh the next day.
Repeating Your Detox Diet
It is quite normal to repeat a detox diet several times throughout the year. If you take a gentle, more long term approach rather than a crash detox, this is totally achievable.
Who Should Not Do A Detox Diet
- Pregnant women
- Breastfeeding women
- The elderly
- Chronically sick (seek your Doctors advice first)
Remember if your detoxing to lose weight, it is best to lose a pound or 2 a week. It has been proven that a 1 or 2 pounds a week is better than losing 10 pounds in a week. Fast, extreme weight loss usually comes back on.
Detoxing is a great way to lose a few pounds while getting healthier. If you are looking for a way to end your constant tiredness and get your energy back, see how simple it can be with this recommended program.