Detox diets appear as a new concept, although the reality is that everything that has to do with cleansing through food are ideas that have been reinvented for many years. These detox routines are based on a semi-fasting concept in which the main solid meals of the day are replaced by liquid or semi-liquid preparations such as shakes, juices or smoothies made from fruits, seeds and vegetables. Although, a priori, it may seem like a fantastic idea, the truth is that it is not without its risks.

Dangers inherent in following a detox diet

  • According to nutrition experts, the only sense that can be found in this type of cleansing food routine is purely commercial, since what they do when they present ideas as basic and simple as cleaning or purifying is launching a very powerful advertising message. At the same time that it is attractive to its target audience, but without actually having a scientific basis. Very well selected words such as natural or toxin are used, although in practice nothing is achieved through these plans. The body itself already has its own mechanisms to eliminate all waste substances from metabolism.
  • Doctors also remember in this regard that no food by itself has any type of purifying property. In fact, for organs such as the kidneys or the liver to function effectively as well as correctly, energy is needed, which is why the fasting or semi-fasting systems proposed by these detox plans lack any logical sense. Food does not burn body fat either, since no fruit or vegetable can break down or promote its excretion, and lipids are not eliminated through urine.
  • Those women who use detox diets as a means to lose weight quickly may have relative success since the excessive aggressiveness of these plans manages to lose a lot of fluid, although these kilos are recovered quickly once the regimen is finished. The key is that this type of diet does not attack the fundamental point to achieve your goal: fat.


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