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Whether you’re preparing for a wedding, trying to look a little slimmer in your swimsuit before vacation or just had a few too many chips and burgers at last weekend’s cookout, you’ve probably researched ways to shed pounds and reduce bloat fast.
One popular way to cleanse your system and get slimmer fast is to try a detox diet. If you’ve asked yourself, ‘Should I do a detox?’ before your event or after a party, you should know a few things about this popular option.
A detox diet has one goal: to flush toxins — and presumably a little excess weight — from your system. Detox diets vary based on the goal you’re trying to accomplish. Some require dieters to only drink juices, while others focus on certain fruits and vegetables. These diets aren’t meant to be a long-term change to your eating habits.
The length and type of detox diet depends on how safe the diet is. If your detox diet is low-calorie and doesn’t have many nutrients, chances are you’re not going to feel well. To avoid feelings of fatigue, dizziness, low blood sugar and nausea, focus on eating whole foods like vegetables, fruits and lean protein.
Don’t detox just to detox, or to try and lose substantial amounts of weight. Before you begin your regimen, decide why you’re doing it. It might be similar to the scenarios above, or you could have your own unique reason.
While that low-calorie juice detox may seem like a way to get to your goals, your body may disagree. Before you take your first sip or bite, think about any health issues you may have. Digestive or kidney issues may hamper your cleanse because these organs work to cleanse the body of toxins. Alternatively, if you have blood sugar problems, you may want to steer clear of low-calorie cleanses.
Don’t embark on a detox if you’ve got a big work project looming, a busy social calendar or are training for an intense physical event like a marathon. Your body will need the rest while you’re detoxing. If you’re too busy to take time for extra rest and you need to do a detox, consider trying a milder version like drinking hot lemon water every morning, not eating meat for a week or making it a priority to get more sleep at night.
No matter your goal for your detox, be sure to reflect on why you’re doing it, what kind of diet you’ll participate in and whether or not you have any health conditions that could be made worse by a detox. If you have questions about trying a detox diet or whether one is safe for you, talk to your doctor.