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Cleansing Drinks to Lose Weight

By Jill Corleone, RDN, LD ; Updated April 18, 2017

Celebrities, co-workers and friends may claim they’ve lost weight with cleansing drinks, but as with any fad diet, you’ll most likely regain the weight once you go back to eating your usual diet.

About Cleansing Drinks

Cleansing drinks, also referred to as detox drinks, make big claims without much evidence, according to dietitian Juliette Kellow. The theory is that the exposure to environmental toxins such as cigarette smoke, pesticides and processed foods causes health problems such as weight gain, cellulite and fatigue, Kellow explains. Proponents of cleansing drinks say that ridding your body of these toxic substances not only helps you lose weight, but also improves the look and tone of your skin, revitalizes energy levels and banishes bloating forever.

How They Help You Lose

The variety of cleansing drinks includes tea, juice and broth. Most of these drinks offer diet suggestions that incorporate a lengthy list of banned foods, such as wheat, dairy, meat, caffeine, sugar and all processed foods. These types of drinks and diet plans help you lose weight by severely restricting your food and calorie intake.

Truth About Fast Weight Loss

When it comes to weight loss, cleansing drinks often make big promises such as helping you lose 14 pounds in 10 days. When you lose weight too quickly, it usually means you’re losing water and muscle. This type of weight loss not only sets you up to regain those lost pounds quickly, but also leaves you feeling drained of energy.

Cleansing and Healthy Weight Loss

Unless they are diseased, your liver and kidneys cleanse your body of toxins every day and eliminate those toxins through sweat, urine and feces. Eating a diet low in fat and high in fiber may help you lose weight and keep you, along with your liver and kidneys, healthy. You can include cleansing drinks such as vegetable juices or green smoothies as part of your weight-loss plan to up your nutrient intake. Keep smoothies low-cal by limiting your ingredients to greens, whole fruits and vegetables, suggests a 2013 article on smoothies published in U.S. News and World Report. To lose fat weight, you should lose slowly at a rate of 1 to 2 pounds a week, according to FamilyDoctor.org.

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