Here are some things to know before you start a detox diet. Anyone can follow a detox diet, and you really don’t need any fancy potions or pills to help you get great results. All you need is the right food, plenty of water and a whole lot of self-discipline.
Often times, people start a detox without really knowing what to expect. What’s more, the word “detox” is thrown out there so frequently that its meaning has become a little diluted. If you’re interested in starting a detox diet, go for it. Before you get started, read this:
1) Not all healthy foods are detoxifying
There is a difference between eating clean foods and eating detoxifying foods. All detoxifying foods are healthy, but not all healthy foods are detoxifying. For the sake of detoxing, it’s important to know whether a food is anabolic or catabolic. The difference is really very simple. Anabolic foods are considered the “body builders” of the food world. They’re typically rich in protein and fat. Fish, chicken breasts and eggs are a few examples of anabolic foods. Normally these foods are perfectly fine to eat, but when you’re detoxing, they should be greatly reduced. The goal of the detox is to breakdown, not build up.
Catabolic foods, on the other hand, help to breakdown toxins in our body. Fruits, vegetables and other complex carbohydrates are examples of catabolic foods.
Here is a list of foods to help you get started:
If you’re eating a healthy, clean diet with a good amount of protein and fat, you’re not doing anything wrong. Keep it up! When you’re ready to detox, however, you’ll need to temporarily cut back on these foods.
2) Expect to feel a little icky for a while
More often than not, when people start a true detox diet, they feel less-than-stellar. In fact, some people feel pretty sick. Headaches, nausea and cravings can really throw a person off a few days into a detox. Remember, the objective of a detox diet is to rid the body of toxins. Those toxins have to circulate through the body before they make their way out. Getting enough rest and drinking plenty of herbal teas and filtered water can help you get through this phase of the diet. After a while, you’ll start feeling stable and eventually really energized. Be patient – you’ll get there.
3) If you’re really sick, wait…
A lot of people are motivated to start a detox because they’re sick, but if you’re immune system is already compromised, hold off on detoxing until you’re strong enough to handle to the inevitable detox symptoms (see point 2). Unleashing all the toxins pent up in your body into an already sick environment can make things worse. Get your body strong by eating a diet that is balanced in clean protein and fat-based (anabolic) foods, as well as plenty of nutrient-dense vegetables and fruits. After you feel good and healthy, ease into a detox diet.
4) The weight will come back on
One of the many benefits of a good detox diet is weight loss. This can make detox diets very appealing. If you stick with a detox diet for, say, two weeks or even a month, you could lose a good chunk of weight. When you wrap up the detox diet and start reintroducing (hopefully healthy) foods you haven’t eaten in a while, you’re bound to put a little weight back on. This is ok! Of course, by detoxing your body you’ve given your liver a helping hand in opening up pathways the slowed down your body’s ability to metabolize fat, so some of the weight loss could be permanent.
For those of you who muscle through a detox begrudgingly only to splurge on pizza, cookies and beer because you haven’t had them in a while…well, the weight you lost, as well as any of the benefits of detoxing, will quickly get reversed.
Think of detoxing as spring cleaning your house. It takes a while to get everything cleaned up, but once you do, aren’t you happy with how things look? You’d never trash a spotless floor with muddy shoes the minute you put the mop away. The same holds true for your body. It might take a while to clean out your system, but you’ll feel great. Messing it up again by eating junk food just doesn’t make a lot of sense.
5) Final thoughts – Remove the Roadblocks
My advice for anyone who wants to do a serious detox diet is to eat clean and kick nagging bad habits before you start detoxing. Eating a clean, unprocessed diet that’s free of refined sugar and flours, excessive caffeine and alcohol will make any detox diet much easier.
6) Infused Water
Studies have shown that drinking water naturally boosts your metabolism, and drinking fruit infused water for weight loss can be an easy way to increase your water intake. These simple infused water recipes are inexpensive, have almost zero calories, and taste great too!
Also called detox water, fruit flavored water, or fruit infused water; infused water can generally be any combination of fruits, vegetables, and herbs immersed in cold water. While infused water has the benefit of being full of flavor, it also has no calories, making it a very powerful tool in your efforts to lose weight and gain better health.
Top 5 Most Popular Infused Water Recipes
Everyone has their favorite fruit infused water ingredients, but some are more popular than others. Lemon, lime, strawberries, apples, and oranges and the most popular fruit ingredients, while cucumber, mint, basil, cinnamon, and ginger are the most popular vegetable ingredients.
Here is a list of the top 5 fruit infused water recipes:
#1 – Lemon Water with Mint
When it comes to popularity, the Lemon Water with Mint recipe is the undisputed king of them all. Also called Lemon Detox Water or Lemon Water, this recipe has the benefit of being really simple and tasty. Even though this recipe has only two ingredients, lemons and mint, the sweetness and sour from the lemons create a delicious flavor while also providing lots of Vitamin C and the mint adds a refreshing taste. Drinking lemon water for weight loss is a great idea that you can do cheaply and easily.
This Day Spa Apple Cinnamon Water recipe has been my most popular personal recipe of all time. I originally wrote the Day Spa Apple Cinnamon Water recipe on a blog post back in April 2012, and it got picked up on Pinterest right away. Within 2 weeks I was getting 40,000 views a day on my website for this recipe! Also called Detox Apple Cinnamon Water, this recipe is delicious and has the benefit of being metabolism boosting.
#3 – Mango Ginger Water
Did you know Ginger and Mango both boost your metabolism? This Mango Ginger Water recipe has been at the top of the charts since it was first introduced. Along with boosting your metabolism ginger also is a natural pain reliever, from migraines to menstrual cramps ginger heals a lot of pain. It also helps reduce morning or motion sickness and banishes heart burn! It’s no wonder this recipe is so popular!
#4 – Tangerine and Strawberry Infused Water
This refreshing Tangerine and Strawberry Infused Water recipe contains fruits that are high in Vitamin C and are big metabolism boosters! Strawberries and tangerines one of my favorite combos, and both hot and cold this is a delicious drink. This year-round favorite will have you drinking more water quickly.
#5 – Lemon Cucumber Water
This is the classic day spa water recipe you’d find everywhere, and in the top 5 for good reason. Lemon Cucumber Water is the ultimate detox drink. It’s got the great taste, the health benefits of the cucumbers and lemons flush your system and help you feel better. Drinking cucumber water for weight loss is also very popular recently because it works well.