I haven’t had to discuss detox in a while until a client of mine told me she was leaving for Spring Break and wanted to tighten up a bit. I totally get it- I mean I want to look hott in a bikini too. But the reality of it is you can’t slim up in a weeks time. Sure you can de-bloat by drinking lots and lots of water, leafy greens, and high quality proteins but the moment you go back to what is considered ‘normal’ eating. You regain the bloat. All the bloat is really, is water retention. It’s not fat it’s just bloat that comes and goes from the food choices you make [please note that I am referring to those who are already relatively lean- if you are overweight fat loss should be your main concern].
When it comes to detoxifing PLEASE PLEASE do not go on a low calorie (under 1,200), liquid only, tea only diets (wraps too). This is setting you up for disaster. The moment you re-introduce real whole foods (even healthy ones) you will freak out at the weight gain on the scale. Although this weight gain is not fat the scale still freaks you out as it goes up. Clearly the weight gain is water retention (carbohydrates carry more water per gram), solid food weight, heavier feces, and your body trying to reach equilibrium. Remember there is a reason why we have a liver!
The liver is a vital organ of the digestive system present in vertebrates and some other animals. It has a wide range of functions, including detoxification, protein synthesis, and production of biochemicals necessary for digestion.
Here are my top detox recommendations that are safe and healthy:
- Drink a lot of water- ‘but Alyssa I drink a lot of water already’ then you best be drinking more than what you are. The body is so smart it knows how much you drink so you need to give it more so it responds by letting go of current water weight.
- Eat real foods do not only drink liquids. Whole foods will keep you fuller and the body always likes to digest food because it’s satisfying.
- Up your leafy greens and protein. Swap out some starchy carbohydrates for the leafy ones not because starchy is bad but because they hold on to more water.
- Sweat it out, increase your level of activity a tad more than your current exercise plan.
- Skip the alcohol for the time being, it’s a sacrifice yes especially if you love your wine or beer but its only temporary.
- Avoid foods you are slightly sensitive too for example me I am sensitive to dairy but I am not allergic to it so although I can eat it when I eat too much I get bloated so I try to reduce the amounts I do eat when I want to detox a bit.
REMEMBER: DETOXES AND DE-BLOATS ARE NOT LONG TERM STRATEGIES FOR WEIGHT LOSS