Enough already with the detox and cleanse! I am on countless fitness groups and it never fails that I see some crap (pun intended) about doing a detox and cleanse to: give you a flat belly, rid yourself of pounds of 'unwanted sludge' (no, I didn't make that up), make you lose weight quickly, cleanse your body of toxins, and so on and so on.
OK guys. It's crap. It's total BS. Will you lose weight by drinking lemon juice and cayenne pepper for 10 days. Yep. You will. Will you gain it back when you actually start eating food again? Yep. You will. You'll lose weight drinking anything for 10 days if that's all you ingest.
These are nothing more than laxatives, diurectics and stimulants. That's it. Is any of that sustainable or advantageous? Nope.
The Times Style section has actually published a useful article, debunking this entire fraudulent industry:
"It is the opinion of mainstream and state-of-the-art medicine and physiology that these claims are not only ludicrous but tantamount to fraud," said Dr. Peter Pressman, an internist with the Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., and a critic of detoxification. "The contents of what ends up being consumed during a ‘detox' are essentially stimulants, laxatives and diuretics."
Another qualified physician stated:
"There is absolutely no scientific basis for the assertion that the regimens popularly defined as ‘detox' will augment the body's own capacity for identifying and eliminating your own metabolic wastes or doing the same for environmental toxins," Dr. Pressman said. "I advise patients that these detox programs amount to a large quantity of excrement, both literally and figuratively."
Our bodies are amazing machines with the ability to process all kinds of garbage we put into it.
If you want to lose weight, lose belly fat, rid yourself of toxins: Eat healthy, eat clean, exercise.
Save your money.