DO YOU NEED TO DETOX?
IF YOU ARE FEELING DOWN AND YOUR WEIGHT LOSS HAS STALLED FOR A FEW WEEKS, IT MAY BE TIME TO SHAKE THINGS UP
It seems “detox” has become a bit of a dirty word. Whereas a few years ago everybody was talking about juice fasts, today the emphasis is on “flexible” dieting, or a program that doesn’t infringe on what people are used to.
Kale and berry weeks have given way to intermittent fasting and adjusting your protein, carb and fat proportions. Which is great! Right?
Well, yes and no. You see, detox and suffering don’t have be synonymous. There is a way to get the extraordinary benefits from clean eating without feeling the deprivation that makes it seem so unapproachable. The truth is, we all suffer from eating processed foods, sugar-laden, massproduced products that have little nutritional value. If we base our detox on that premise we are off to a good start.
When you feel like your diet is out of control and you have no way to stop cravings, it’s the perfect time to throw a spanner in the works and disrupt the pattern your mind is playing. By doing this you not only give your brain something new to think about, you potentially build better habits that will produce consistent results over time.
1. DITCH SUGAR
The main reason so many of us struggle to lose weight and stick to our diets is our consumption of sugar. Not only does it mess with our insulin levels, which help regulate hunger, it also fills us with feelgood chemicals that create a positive feedback loop and make it hard to stop. Basically, our bodies feel like they’ve achieved something when we drink that can of Coke. And that’s a problem. One way to stop this harmful pattern is to go cold turkey on sugar and start eating more healthy fats. Foods like olive oil, avocados and fatty fish oils fill us up and provide more nutritional power to boot.
2. CHOOSE THE RIGHT CROWD
It’s true what they say: you really are the sum total of the five people you hang around with. This is especially true where body weight is concerned. There have actually been studies conducted that show that if a close relative is overweight, you are far more likely to be too. By choosing a group of empowered, motivated individuals to detox with, you are giving yourself the best chance at longterm success.
3. AVOID PROCESSED FOOD
Artificial sweeteners, refined flour and sugar-laden snacks can be bought easily and cheaply, which makes it hard to break the habit once you are in it. The hard truth is these foods, while easy, cause havoc in the body. They promote fat gain, cause energy crashes and make it far less likely we will stick to any lasting changes in our eating regimen. If you are really serious about taking back control of your health, drop any foods or drinks that contain these right now. Do it for at least 10 days.
4. SWAP COFFEE FOR PROTEIN
Two of the most popular drugs in our society are caffeine and alcohol. While the former definitely has its uses on occasion, they are both big problems where detoxing is concerned. That’s because they increase cravings for certain foods, lower our ability to think straight and make it far more likely we will skip workouts (alcohol especially). It can be really hard to give up caffeine and alcohol at the same time (trust me, I know) so the best approach is to drop one at a time. When you’re comfortable, start exchanging that morning coffee for a protein shake or other similar health food.
5. GO PLANT-BASED
Want to know how to lose fat really quickly and feel awesome? Commit to a plant-based diet for at least a week. No grains, no dairy, no refined sugars. Eat more green things: kale, broccoli, green beans.