If you've been thinking about jumping into the latest detox diet trend to 'jumpstart weight loss' or lose a few pounds over the weekend, you may be putting your health at risk.
Detox diets continue to be one of the most popular fads of the diet industry, and 'detoxers' claim that you can get rid of cellulite, reduce bloating, and flush your system in a few days by eating certain foods. However, health experts in England are saying that the effects of the detox diet are based more on marketing hype than solid research.
Martin Wiseman, a visiting professor of human nutrition at the University of Southampton explains that, "The detox fad - or fads, as there are many methods - is an example of the capacity of people to believe in and pay for magic despite the lack of any sound evidence." (Source: bbc.co.uk)
Researchers in the United States also report that many detox books and quick-fix solutions that promise to get rid of toxins do not speed up the natural detoxification process, and most people experience a significant amount of discomfort from most detox programs that require a drastic reduction in calories and a cold-turkey approach for eliminating caffeine, sugar and alcohol from the diet. Some foods may even cause more discomfort; vegetables such as cabbage (i.e. the Cabbage Soup Detox Diet) can contribute to bloating and excess gas, and are generally a naturally toxic food.
The latest detox diets continue to grace the covers of popular women's magazines and appear in different forms as the latest diet book or trend. However, most people who jump into a reduced-calorie program in attempts to 'flush' away pounds may be doing more harm than good.
Dieticians and nutritional therapy experts encourage avid dieters to simply stick with a healthy eating plan that contains a significant amount of leafy green vegetables, is low in sugar, and contains enough fiber for the individual to get rid of toxins naturally and on a regular basis.