The Pros & Cons Of Detox Cleanses

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    Plus, the idea that your body is better able to digest liquids is nonsense. Your stomach is built to cope with solid food, and it doesn’t need a break! If you really want to slim down, fill your plate with leafy green vegetables, fiber, whole grains and good fats in your everyday life.”

    - Michael D. Gershon, M.D., professor of pathology and cell biology at Columbia University

    Do it, but be smart. I don’t recommend cleanses that omit protein, good carbs or healthy fat. And watch out for ones that provide fewer than 1,000 calories a day. Skimping on nutrition can cause you to lose calorie-burning muscle, slow your metabolism, weaken your immune system and dull your skin and hair. Plus, it can lead to rebound binge eating. Do it right, though, and a cleanse has advantages.

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    Many women do cleanses to drop pounds; while all of the weight loss may not last, it can be motivating. It’s inspired some of my clients to make lifestyle changes that do lead to long-term success. I recommend a solid-food detox-it’s more filling than liquid-only plans. Simply cut out processed foods and alcohol, and consider eliminating animal products and caffeine. A detox should feel like a tune-up, not a punishment.”

    - Cynthia Sass, R.D., author of S.A.S.S. Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches

    Also: remember to always consult a medical professional before starting any sort of cleanse or other diet program. Even if you feel fine, it’s better to talk to someone beforehand about potential adverse reactions that you may not be aware of.

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