Cancel Your Cleanse
Are you planning to do a cleanse to kick off your new year? Well, that’s less than smart. I did the 10-day master cleanse once a few years ago, and I was grateful for the experience and learned a lot about my body during the process but I will never ever do that shit again. Not ever. For me, it was a spiritual awakening sort of like fasting for the Lord. But in terms of losing weight and “detoxing” my body, it was quite silly and dumb.
First let’s talk about why you should cancel your cleanse.
If you are trying to lose weight, you are probably under the impression that this will be a great way to kick things off. You are dead wrong. A cleanse can put your digestive system in shock causing it to do weird things and cause permanent damage to your metabolism. Any weight you lose from a cleanse is likely to come back. Rule of thumb: If you can’t commit to the regimen for a lifetime, don’t do it. It’s not worth it and you’ll likely end up yoyo dieting as a result, going through phases where you attempt to lose the weight quickly again and then stop once you are back down to size. This is only a short-term fix and you should be focused on the long-term.
Aside from feeling like crap and your body literally eating itself for nutrients (losing muscle and bone density), you may put a dent in your wallet for nothing. Buying the ingredients and the equipment needed to prepare and transport the drinks or food will add up and if you are only doing this for a short period time, what is the point? If you’re goal is to detox, let’s talk about what that actually is, and how you can accomplish this.
Now, if you have poor eating habits a detox can be simply cutting fast food or soda from your diet. Maybe you eat way too much chocolate or need to get your obsession with cheese in check. Cutting back or eliminating certain foods to preserve your health is essential but before you make any drastic changes get a full check up from your doctor. See what your cholesterol, glucose, and body fat levels are. This will help determine what you may need to change in your diet. If any concerns come up, then look into adding and subtracting certain items from your diet.
But know this: Going on a cleanse isn’t going to remove waste or eliminate toxins from your body. Your kidneys and liver already do that. Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, those organs are already putting in the work so if you feel like you need to “rid yourself” of waste, start eating (or drinking) more fruits and vegetables and makes sure your urine is consistently mild yellow to clear and your poop isn’t dry pebbles. TMI? Grow up. The best way to see how your body’s cleansing system is performing is to look at your poop. It should be smooth and snake-like. Take note of any changes in color but also, remember that digesting beets make it look like a crime scene. I actually went to the ER for no reason one summer…
Instead of cleansing, you can incorporate juices into your diet without using them as meal replacements. Your body needs protein and fat. Deprive it and it will go into starvation mode which for some body types results in more body fat storage and a complete loss of energy. If you ever feel hungry, YOU SHOULD EAT. Skipping meals isn’t sexy and will only cause you more problems to repair in the long run.