Detox & Cleanses II11:03:00 AM
I wanted to write a post about detox diets and cleanses, but I realized that I've already written it : This is my Official FatGirl vs W...
I wanted to write a post about detox diets and cleanses, but I realized that I've already written it:
This is my Official FatGirl vs World™ Position: Why are you punishing your body instead of honoring it? What are you putting in your body that is so bad that in order to mentally rid your body of it, that you must starve yourself?I guess I'm not saying this loud enough, so I'm just going to have to sound like a broken record:
In other words, if you're eating a balanced diet full of fresh/seasonal fruit and veggies (in a multitude of colors), lean protein/fish (or beans/nuts/seeds if you're veggie/vegan), complex carbs (brown rice, whole wheat pasta, etc.), and lots of water (with the occasional visit to the dark side... sweets, alcohol, etc.) why would you need a detox/cleanse?
Your body self-regulates
POOP regularly (do you really want to be full of shit?)
Drink WATER until your pee turns faint yellow/clear by midday (this helps with digestion and cleaning your lymph system)
Eat FRUITS and VEGETABLES. Minimize meat (you only need 1/2 lb of protein a week -- and it's better if you can get it from legumes and other sources) and startchy unrefined carbs (calorie dense, not nutrient dense).
Breathe FRESH AIR.
Do these things and you will have NO NEED to rid your body of "toxins" -- it's already doing that. Depriving your body of the calories it needs to perform metabolic processes WILL NOT HELP YOU IN THE LONG RUN.
Focus on those words: WILL NOT HELP YOU IN THE LONG RUN. So many people use a detox/cleanse to "jumpstart" their weightloss. Seriously? Weight loss is about SUSTAINABLE changes -- not one or two weeks of doing something ridiculous.
You want to truly jumpstart your weightloss?
Start with information. KNOW your BMR. Start food logging.