A Detox Plan Is Not Always Safe To Do

Posted on November 14, 2010
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Many people dread swimsuit season. Scores of otherwise health conscious citizens subject themselves to deprivation diets, or look to a detox diet, or start an intense exercise regimen, often in blazing hot weather, to look slimmer in revealing clothes because of the need to fit into the image that they think they must portray but instead many unwittingly end up harming their health.

Early June and January are the two times of year people do crazy, desperate things to get thin fast so they go on fasts, yo-yo diets, detox diets, and ‘cleanses’ without realizing that there are serious consequences to weight loss and nutrient restriction and they do not realize that crash dieting does not work and can be dangerous because of a message that gets lost in the national clamor over rising rates of overweight and obesity. Using a cleansing system requires a little research before you begin one.

Crash diets may harm your heart. When a person is using a cleansing system they think they are doing something that the body is not capable of doing on its own. Research suggests rapid weight loss can slow your metabolism. This can lead to future weight gain. Another issue that is faced because of the restrictive diets is a person does not get enough vitamins. Following a detox plan is not always going to hurt your cardiac system. There can be some very harmful effects if a person follows a pattern of reckless dieting. The idea of not getting enough food for an extended period of time can weaken the cardiac system which will lead to other problems.

Beware of fad diets. There is plenty of research about the dangers of these types of programs. This is especially true when the diets become a fad. A report about one program seemed to have great promise. There were stories about incredible transformations. The effect of the diet was that when it was done by a lot of people, there were reports of serious complications. For some people the strain of the diet caused them to hurt their cardiac system due to the lack of nutrients that were needed.

There has been plenty of research about the harmful effects of these programs. When a person is using these programs they have a lower amount of the essential minerals and vitamins that their body needs to stay healthy and keep their heart working well. In addition to heart problems a person also is lacking in the amount of salt in their body and has trouble regulating their blood pressure.

Much of the research that has been done on the detox programs is inconclusive. The researchers look at people who have serious weight issues and follow what they do very carefully. Experts stress that very-low-calorie diets should only be followed with a doctor’s supervision. Unfortunately, not everyone is willing to make a trip to their physician. This can get them into trouble.

There are plenty of people who do not need to try these fad diets to get healthy. Extreme diets are simply bad for you and they don’t work according to their detractors. That does not stop people from using them.

A person can follow a few simple rules to shedding the pounds. Being obese can cause a person many health problems at some point in their life. If a person can lose just ten percent of their weight they will have a better chance of staying healthier.

But it’s important to lose fat naturally, which usually means slowly as most experts recommend dropping just 1 to 2 pounds a week, and despite what some brand-name diets claim, the best way to do so is to exercise regularly and stick to a diet that limits saturated fat and sugars and emphasizes fruits and vegetables, lean meats and fish, and whole grains. The key to losing weight is a combination of diet and exercise. In order to get healthy and stay that way, it is the best plan.

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