The idea of detoxing might scare the shizzle out of you, especially when you consider that many detoxes literally keep you on the toilet all day. Besides this, detoxing can be downright uncomfortable as you may feel starved while drinking some chalky shake or weird 50-calorie meal that tastes like hyena giblets.
Although detoxing does require you to be without some of your favorite foods for a short time, there’s a better way to go about it. You don’t need to feel robbed, starved, miserable throughout your detox.
The safe, gentle and sensible method for how to detox for fat loss will help you to:
- Lose weight
- Gain control over cravings
- Reduce abdominal bloat
- Avoid water booty (aka, detox diarrhea)
- Keep you satiated instead of starving
- Achieve higher level of discipline with eating habits for long term fitness success.
DO I NEED TO BUY AN EXPENSIVE PROGRAM OR TAKE EXTREME MEASURES?
No way. You don’t have to buy anyone’s detox program or purchase special foods outside of what is readily available at the grocery store. Extreme detoxes involve things like maple syrup & cayenne pepper, those chalky shakes or packaged foods endorsed by money hungry celebrities. None of that results in lasting, long term success. While you might lose a few pounds, much of it will be water weight that you’ll gain back soon after your detox is over.
WHAT FOODS SHOULD I ELIMINATE DURING MY DETOX?
No matter how you structure your detox there are foods that simply should not be included in your diet during a detox. Even if you choose to NOT detox at this point in time, if you aim to reduce or eliminate certain foods from your diet in general, you will experience weight loss.
Foods to 100% eliminate during detox:
- Carbs such as pasta, bread and white potatoes.
- Other carby things like oatmeal and white rice.
- Sugar: Anything with 7 or more grams of sugar per servings.
- Artificial sweeteners: There is research that suggests Sucralose and Aspartame may actually contribute to weight gain.
- Packaged/processed foods: Anything that comes in a box such as cereal, microwave meals, skillet meals, etc.
- Soda: Just don’t. Not even the sugar-free kind.
- Fast food and alcoholic beverages
- Dairy products: Yogurt, milk, butter, cream cheese, milk-based salad dressings, etc.
- Red meat.
- Gravies and sauces.
- Desserts and other sinister-delicious foods.
WHAT SHOULD I EAT?
It’s time to take a clean eating approach. Here are some general guidelines and sample meal ideas:
- Upon waking: Water, tea or kombucha.
- Breakfast: Hydrate. Consider intermittent fasting in the morning hours or choose an egg white veggie omelet.
- AM Snack: Piece of fruit with hot tea.
- Lunch: Hydrate. Lean protein with salad and non-dairy dressing. Go for a vinaigrette. Load your salad with healthy toppings such as quinoa, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and almonds. But no croutons!
- Dinner: Fish or chicken with side of roasted or sauteed vegetables with baked sweet potato or small portion of brown rice.
Use olive oil or coconut oil as a butter substitute in your cooking.
Hydration is extremely important during detox. Water, Kombucha and hot tea are all good choices. I was a daily coffee drinker prior to my sugar detox. Although I learned to go without sugar in my coffee, it was a very tough challenge. I later gave up coffee entirely for other reasons.
WHAT ABOUT JUICING VEGGIES AND DRINKING SMOOTHIES?
Smoothies (also called blending) and juicing are very healthy. I encourage it! You may enjoy incorporating either one into your custom detox. However, both juicing and blending can be time consuming and quickly become expensive if you make it major a component of your detox. You may also experience some water booty if you are consuming only juiced veggies or smoothie blends during your detox, as well as headaches during the first few days. Before you go this route, consider the monetary cost of purchasing the fruits and veggies, and the time involved in prepping the food, preparing it, and the clean up afterwards. This is not meant to discourage you, but rather, I’m pointing out the dedication required to make it happen. If you are on the go and picking up a pre-made smoothie, consider the added sweeteners it may contain.
HOW LONG SHOULD I DETOX?
I recommend a minimum of three days. Seven days to two weeks is encouraged for even greater success. If you are focusing on a carb detox, 30 days is choice many people go for. Decide on the time frame before you get started. Be sure to take “before” pictures and weigh yourself on the morning of day 1, and then again when your detox is complete.
Your entire detox, including meal plans, should be planned out before you get started. Don’t wing it. It’s also best to mentally prepare for any setbacks. If you fall off the wagon, get right back up and continue on. Don’t quit in the middle of your detox if a loaf of bread with melted buttery goodness accidentally falls into your mouth.
WILL DETOXING BE DIFFICULT?
Yes. There will be a level of discomfort — at least in the first few days. I’ve done a variety of different detoxes: 14 day sugar detox (that I designed myself), detoxing from carbs, detox by drinking only juiced greens, as well as the detox I’ve outlined here now. In the case of all of these, you are denying your body what it normally craves. It may be a challenge as those cravings kick in. There may be headaches from sugar withdrawal or other temporary, yet mild symptoms. This is why it’s best to mentally prepare ahead of time and pre-plan your meals each day.
Are you ready to detox? Do you have any reservations or hang ups about it? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!
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