A lot of people may not like what I have to say here, but you know what they say, the truth hurts.

All over Facebook, I’ve been seeing people doing the newest detox or cleanse to jump start their fat loss.

And I effin hate it.

The worst part for me is that people are boasting about how they’ve “lost 6 pounds in 3 days.”

People jump on these diets like a mofo, and honestly, in a lot of ways, I don’t blame them. When people see that their friend lost 6 pounds in 3 days, it preys on their emotions.

You have been working hard and eating better, and you’re only down 1 pound in the last week.

Clearly, your friend must be on to something.

But I’m dropping a truth bomb today.

Cleanses and detoxes are BULLSHIT.

Have you ever noticed that you see the same people doing detoxes and cleanses over and over again?  If they are so effective, why are the same people perpetually dieting and detoxing?

The reason is because they are not effective for sustainable fat loss and you don’t need to do them.

Here are 4 reasons that you should avoid (actually run in the opposite direction) of the next detox or cleanse you see advertised:

  1. Your immune system already cleanses your body.

The human body is amazing.  It’s literally crafted to take care of keeping our body clean and working properly.  One of the main functions of our kidneys and livers is to keep our body “detoxed.”

Trust me, you don’t need to buy any expensive or “cutting edge” supplements or drinks to detox your body.  Your body has your back.

  2. They make you feel like sh*t

Back in the day when I was new to lifting and strength training, I was easily persuaded into doing a 3 day detox which would help me lose 8-10 pounds.  I was super naïve, and I eagerly jumped at the opportunity because of course I wanted to lose 8-10 pounds in 3 days.

I could only eat one small meal of vegetables each day, a special green “superfood” supplement, and water.  I was literally so weak. I had no energy and working out for the 3 days was absolutely out of the question.  I felt like shit and basically laid around in a vegetable-like state.

This is a direct quote I came across on FB in regards to someone’s current detox.

“The first 2 days of the cleanse were hell.  But I think it was the drastic reduction in calories and my blood sugar was probably way too low.”

That sounds totally good for you LOL.

Here’s the truth.  For me, fitness and nutrition are not about being a smaller version of myself.  I choose to maintain a healthy lifestyle so I can be strong, fit, and energized for life.

Anything that gives me massive headaches and inhibits my ability to get off the couch is a no go for me.

  3. The “weight loss” is usually a lie.

So here’s what happened at the end of my “3 day detox.”  I hopped on the scale and holy crap, I was down 8.5 pounds!  YAAAASSS!!

Two days later, the scale was back up 7.5 pounds.

Any time you are drastically reducing your calorie intake and taking extreme measures, the scale is going to drop.  However, the majority of the “weight” loss is likely just water weight.

And let’s just say that you did lose some actual pounds, chances are you lost a mix of body fat and lean muscle mass.  The exact opposite of what you want.  The more lean muscle your body packs on, the easier it is to maintain your weight so the last thing you want to do is engage in a bunch of crazy “quick fixes” that leave you with less lean muscle mass.

 4. There’s no quick fix, magic pill or potion for fat loss.

The problem with cleanses and detoxes is that they don’t set you up for long term, lasting fat loss results.

There are no magic pills or supplement to “get the body of your dreams in 14 days.”

It simply does not exist.

Smart choices + Consistency + Time = Radical Results

That’s the magic!

A lot of people say that they do cleanses and detoxes because they “overdid” it on the holidays.  Here’s the truth, if you want to “detox” your body, increase your water consumption, eat more fibrous vegetables, get in your protein, and cut out the processed foods for a week or so.  You will feel less bloated, your energy levels will increase, and you will feel great.

You won’t have to deal with headaches, potential muscle loss, decreased energy levels, and most importantly, you won’t get caught in the cycle of perpetually yo-yo dieting all in the name of trying to jump start your fat loss.

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