There are lots of weight loss options out there. Which one is the right one for you? It is hard to tell without better understanding you unique needs. However, there is one thing I know for sure. A detox is one of the best ways you can get your body ready to not only lose weight, but actually keep it off. Why is this so important? Keep reading.
Why is detox essential for weight loss?
1. Hidden toxins can be the cause of a weight loss plateau
Your body wants to protect you from having lots of toxicity. So what does it do? It stores toxins in your fat cells to keep them out of the way. This works well right until you start to lose weight. As fat cells are burned, toxins get dumped back into the bloodstream. For someone with a high level of toxicity, this can lead to extreme levels of inflammation. Inflammatory markers not only slow metabolism, they make you less sensitive to the hormones that regulate your appetite. This then can result in a plateau after initial weight loss victory. By lowering your toxic load through detox, you put yourself in a much better place for weight loss success.
2. A detox can help heal digestive problems that contribute to weight loss failure
Now, this isn’t the case in all detoxes, so it is important to pick a good one. However, most detoxes omit potentially problematic foods like gluten, eggs or corn. A period of restriction can help you see if your body behaves differently without these foods. This knowledge can be used to reshape your diet after the detox ends as well as repair your digestive system.
Digestive system imbalances are one of the main contributors to weight problems. Healing these imbalances is an important step for setting yourself up for weight loss success.
3. Detoxes are wonderful for blood sugar balance
Most detoxes are high in foods that support balanced blood sugar levels like vegetables, protein and fiber filled fruit. This is valuable because high blood sugar levels will lead to out of control fat storage as well as cravings for bad carbohydrates and sweets. When blood sugar levels aren’t stable, you will easily regain lost weight. One of the biggest mistakes people make when dieting is to starve the body, without addressing blood sugar problems. Creating balanced blood sugar may take more than a few weeks, but a detox is a good place to start.
4. Detoxing can help you let go of stress and negative emotions that lead to weight gain.
Detoxing shouldn’t just be a time of rest for your diet. It should be a release both physically and emotionally. This is a great opportunity to take a break from your hectic lifestyle, breath and nourish your emotions. Perhaps this means taking time for a relaxing bath, or a yoga or meditation class. Journal writing is a wonderful activity for detox. Find a method of stress reduction that works for you. Stress disrupts weight loss, in more ways than making you emotionally eat. Stress hormones send sugar into the bloodstream and stop the hormones that balance weight from working correctly. So getting control of your stress is a wonderful thing you can do for your waist line.
5. A detox will help you enjoy the taste of healthy food again
There are certain things you definitely won’t find in a detox. A detoxification plan eliminates many traps of the modern diet that succeed in dulling your taste buds. This includes foods like sugar, refined carbohydrates, packaged food, rancid oils and so on. When these items are removed, taste buds awaken to the wonderful flavors in fresh, nourishing foods. Perspective on what you desire to eat changes. This is so valuable because when you can actually identify the flavor in wholesome food, you don’t desire the bad foods in the way you used to.
Here are some things to keep in mind when starting a detox.
Juice cleanses are fine for a few days. They are not appropriate for long term detoxification as your body needs the amino acids from protein to detoxify the liver. Some of the most important amino acids for liver detoxification are methionine, cysteine, glutamine, glycine, and taurine. You can make sure you are getting them by eating good sources of complete protein like with chicken, turkey or fish. You can also combine vegetarian proteins to get them as well.
There are some fad detoxes out there. If a detox has you taking nothing but supplements, or it contains just a handful of foods, it probably won’t give you the long term results you are looking for. A good detox will allow you to eat various foods from healthy categories like vegetables, fruit and good quality
So if you’ve spent lots of time going up and down on the scale without true results, maybe its time to detox. This may help the body overcome some of the issues that have prevented success in the past.
But it is important to remember, detox is just a first step. The principals learned during detox must then be carried with you as you continue through your weight loss process.