Monday, August 3, 2009

Low Down on Detox Dieting

By Yvette Quantz

Detox diets are the latest health craze. Whether it is Beyonce’s 10 day maple syrup, lemon juice and cayenne pepper fast, the 21 Day Cleanse, or a few days of juicing; it seems people everywhere are discussing the best way to detox. Advocates claim the strict regime results in more energy, improved digestion, decreased inflammation and weight loss. While this can be true if following the proper program under the supervision of a trained health care professional, not all detox programs are created equally nor do they come with a guarantee of no serious side effects. Read on to learn more.

What is a detox diet?
Detox diets can range from eliminating caffeine, alcohol, processed foods, sugar, wheat, red meat, pork, fried foods, cheese, cream, butter, etc. from the diet to doing something more extreme like The Master Cleanser by Stanely Burroughs.
What should I look for in a Detox Program?

1. Focuses on whole foods, not a bunch of supplements. Whole foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds will provide a variety of antioxidants to assist the liver in the detoxification process.

2. Consuming adequate protein to support your activity level. Inadequate protein consumption can result in your body losing muscle mass. This can ultimately lead to a decrease in your metabolism, which over the course of time can negatively affect weight loss goals.

3. Include both mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids in your diet. Not only will good fats help ward off hunger, but they are also also essential in providing energy for cell function during detoxification.

Is a Detox Right for Me?
If you think a detox is what you need to get things moving in the right direction then I have some good news! Following the proper detox program can help you remove some unhealthy behaviors or habits from your current lifestyle.

Detoxing Disclaimer:
There is little documented scientific evidence that these diets are effective at removing toxins from your body; many medical experts will tell you that your body is equipped with its own mechanism for removing toxins. If you do decide to follow a detox diet, just as with any other drastic diet change, consult with your physician. People who should not participate in a detox diet include individuals who struggle with diabetes, hypoglycemia or an eating disorder. Growing children, teens, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should also not detox.

Yvette Quantz is a well respected Lifestyle and Sports Nutritionist based in Lafayette, Louisiana. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association, Louisiana Dietetic Association, Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionist, Nutrition Entrepreneurs, Nutrition and Complimentary Care, and a Certified Eating Coach. You can visit her website at:

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