Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Dangers of a Detox Diet (part 1 of 2)

The detox diet is a weight loss regimen wherein the person who wishes to lose several pounds is programmed to drink lots of liquid and eat lots of vegetables and fruits, all in lieu of solid foods. Because of its dramatic effects, this diet has become well-known in the field of weight loss.

Most people who have tried this course of therapy have reported significant changes in their body in just a few days. However, despite its popularity, some healthcare professionals have suggested that detox diet should be avoided, if possible.

Critics believe that detox therapy is a very extreme diet which may lead to serious side effects, if not properly performed. They say that the mechanics of the detox diet was not based on scientific facts, and at the most, they are called “junk science.” Dietitians think that this diet offers a temporary change in an individual’s weight, but the effects will not last that long. Soon enough, those who have tried this diet will eventually go back to their normal way of eating, and their body weight will return back to original.

The detox diet is believed to be an answer to the fact that our body should be protected from toxins which may be harmful to our health. This belief is contradicted by some dietitians and medical practitioners. Most of them think that the body is already equipped with internal systems that may protect itself from harmful toxins – these are the body’s liver, kidney and gastrointestinal tracts. They said that as long as these organs function well, there is really no need for a detox diet.

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