Question by : Has anyone tried the lemon juice detox and be successful?
I recently stumbled upon the lemon juice detox diet on the livestrong website. I am currently doing a cleanse and after I am done with the pills for this one, I want to try out the lemon juice detox. I know its just a quick fix, but It will jump start my diet as I have 30lbs to lose (or more)!
Answer by Crimson667
Nothing with the words “cleanse” or “detox” should be taken very seriously as a proven method of weight loss or weight management. While many people make outrageous claims about the efficacy of these programs, there is no backing in medical science to prove these claims.
The liver NATURALLY cleans the system daily — that’s what it does. The major component in all of these “cleansing” testimonials is that the people have cleaned up their diet in conjunction with these “detox” programs.
That, by nature of pure logic, will of course work. If you have a filtration system that’s working daily, and you stop adding more sludge, then naturally, the end product will be cleaner and the filter won’t have to work so hard once all the dirt and grime is gone from the source.
Cleanse/detox diets work more as a placebo for the participant, a tangible sign of committing to eating more natural foods, learning how to cook at home, and avoiding boxed frozen meals, fast food, and questionable cafeteria insta-meals.
Learning to cook and shop for natural ingredients (meaning fresh veggies that you cut up and put into your dishes yourself instead of opening a box of dried mix) will do the same thing, but without the alt-med lifestyle required.
The downside of “cleanse/detox” is that they often unnecessarily restrict certain components of a healthy diet, so while it may aid in removing the garbage from your system by mere virtue of not adding more, it also tends to prevent the intake of necessary nutrients, like protein and healthy dietary fats. They also cite ancient Asian lifestyles but completely misinterpret and misrepresent an actual Asian diet as well as the reasons why.
Miso soup is not a complete dinner for a Japanese household, and it never was. Ancient Asian populations were also wracked with poverty and constant civil war, so if there was a dietary restriction back then, it was due to necessity, not out of choice. Neither is green tea.
A sensible, balanced diet with all things in moderation may not be as much fun or exciting, but it’s what works.
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