Detox is promoted on websites all over the world with promising phrases like “lose belly fat with a detox plan” or “detox helps to drop kilos fast”. Plus, recently many celebrities have declared that they got rid of the extra weight doing some kind of detox diet.
What the social media helps is to increase all this promotion. Most of the people now relate “detox” with “losing weight”, not with “detoxification” or with “cleansing”. The result of this whole media debate is why we commonly mistake detoxing as a weight loss diet. So let’s go through these concepts to avoid this confusion.
What is Detox?
Detox (Phuket Detox Centre) is a process or period of time in which one abstains from and gets rid of toxic or unhealthy substances. Detoxification is what your body does naturally to neutralize, transform or get rid of unwanted materials or toxins.
Our bodies are used to doing this detoxing process, using the liver, kidneys, skin, lungs, and digestive system. These organs daily remove these substances. The problem is that our natural self-detox process is no longer sufficient to fully eliminate all pollutants we have in our body, and this can compromise the immune system, opening the door to diseases, aging, slower metabolism, hormone unbalance, digestive problems and stress.
That is when a detox program is advised. So the motivation behind the detox is for feeling better by improving your health, to get more energy and help the body system to get rid of the harmful substances. Detox is for cleansing. It gives the digestive system a break, it removes the toxins, and it can be a way to kick start to lose weight.
So, the main goal of detox is not to lose weight. If people lose weight doing a detox, this is because of a side effect of this cleanse.
Fasting is the abstinence or reduction from certain or all food or drink, during a certain period of time. Juicing is a fasting method in which a person consumes only fruit and/or vegetable juices and abstains from food consumption for a certain period of time.
Prolonged fasting can be dangerous since the body needs a certain amount of calories to live. The result of this can be a serious brain or organ damage, and sometimes even death. Many fasting practices have a religious base, and can be prolonged, so a long fasting should always be under medical supervision. And this is the main reason why it’s not a healthy weight loss method.
Juicing in the long run can cause some problems to the body as well. Scientific evidence has shown that juicing can lead to some digestive related diseases such as vomiting, diarrhea, and even hepatitis or kidney failure. This mainly because of the increased vulnerability to bacterial contamination of the juices. Also, since juicing removes the fiber from the fruits and vegetables, the fructose from fruit is absorbed more easily leading to an upset in the blood sugar levels.
So don’t make the mistake of spending too long fasting or juicing in attempt to lose weight because this is the wrong method. There has to be some restriction at some point during a detox or weight loss program, and juices can be used, but never use a prolonged fasting or juicing diet as it can compromise the body.
Weight loss is the result of decreased energy intake in order to achieve or maintain a desired or advised weight. There are numerous different kinds of weight loss plans, from traditional plans, to “crazy diets” that still have their followers. The most popular weight loss programs include an eating guide that can be either low-calorie, low-carbohydrate or low-fat. They also include a training program, plan or motivation.
A modest weight loss plan, supervised by professionals and adapted specific health problems, may be the best option. Healthy weight loss isn’t just about a diet, it’s more about changes in the daily eating and exercise habits. It is about creating a healthy lifestyle in order to maintain the achieved weight loss goals.
So, as you read this article, you will understand that weight loss, detox, and fasting are very different, but they might have overlapping phases sometimes. However, the objectives and results of detox and weight loss are different things. You have to first set up your goals and determine whether you are looking to lose weight, or to cleanse, or both. Then you should follow a healthy program with professional supervision for safety all the time. And in the long run, stick to a healthy lifestyle.
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