Detoxing removes contaminants that are harbored in your body having got there through an adulterated food and water chain due to modern farming and processing methods as well as through other lifestyle and environmental pollutants. In theory, once free of toxins, your body should have a higher rate of metabolism allowing you to get rid of excess weight.
Most Detox diets are a combination of fasting and juicing. Some recommend herbs, enemas, and other forms of colon cleansing.Weight loss occurs on most of these plans simply because they are so low in calories. In terms of weight loss they are a quick fix – another example of a yo-yo diet.If your fast is only a couple of days you will lose fluid. If the fast is longer than 2 days you run the risk of experiencing muscle loss unless you exercise. However, trying to exercise in such a severely weakened state will be almost impossible as on the third day you will experience nausea and weakness, especially if you are doing a water only fast.
When you do a prolonged fast or indeed any form of weight loss without exercise, your body goes into a preservation mode, burning calories more slowly, initially sparing fat (which requires less energy to maintain) and wasting muscle (which requires more energy to maintain). Once you resume normal calories weight is regained rapidly but instead of regaining muscle, you will regain fat and end up looking worse after the diet than before.
Your body naturally removes toxins via the kidneys, liver, colon and skin. However, research has confirmed the presence of multiple toxins in human fat. It is theorized that the body sequesters toxins away from the blood and organs and stores them in white adipose fat. They bind gene signaling within the fat and induce new fat cell formation while simultaneously inducing inflammation – a risk factor for arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular and other chronic diseases. In addition, these cells pose a serious problem for the thyroid gland.
During a weight loss of 12 percent of body weight one study found toxins in the blood increased 23-51 percent, with the heaviest individuals releasing the most toxins. Another study showed that as toxins go up in the blood, bioactive T3, a thyroid hormone, goes down.
If you are elderly or have an underlying health condition a fast must only be done under strict medical supervision. Potential side effects include low energy, low blood sugar, muscle aches, fatigue, feeling dizzy or lightheaded, fainting and nausea.