The truth about cleanses- 4 biggest myths debunked
Thanks to much of what we hear in the media, the term “cleanse” has earned a reputation for being unhealthy and even unsafe. When you hear the word “cleanse,” you immediately think of all-liquid diets, expensive supplements and unhealthy deprivation for short-term gains!
The truth is, a cleanse doesn’t have to involve any of the above—and if you cleanse in a healthy, supportive manner, you can achieve lasting results in weight loss, energy gain, and full-body health.
The following are four myths or misconceptions you may have heard about cleansing. Understandably, these myths may cause you to be hesitant to try a cleanse.
Keep reading to find out the truth behind these myths and why cleansing might be just what your body needs to get a jump start on weight loss.
Myth # 1: You won’t enjoy anything you’re eating while on a cleanse
While you might have to eliminate certain foods that you enjoy, cleansing isn’t all about skipping meals and drinking salad puree. There are many delicious recipes that can be prepared using healthy ingredients that not only taste amazing but nourish your body.
The best part is, many of them don’t involve any fancy ingredients and can be prepared even by a cooking novice. In fact, my jump-start participants always discover new foods and recipes that they absolutely love that have become staples in their diets long after the cleanse ends.
Myth #2: You’ll constantly be hungry while on a cleanse
While you might end up consuming fewer calories while following a cleanse, you shouldn’t feel deprived or hungry. Going on an extremely low-calorie diet can actually disrupt your hormones and metabolism, making your body less efficient in the long run.
Everyone’s caloric needs are different, so a cleanse should never dictate how many calories you consume. By consuming whole foods that provide you with the right nutrients, you help reset your body while feeling satisfied. My participants are always amazed that they never feel hungry during my cleanses.
Myth #3: You need to do an all-liquid cleanse in order to see results
Liquid-only cleanses have had more than their fair share of popularity. These types of cleanses can backfire: Not only do people often gain the weight back as soon as the cleanse ends, but such restrictive eating for several days can be detrimental to your health. An effective cleanse will include a variety of whole foods to help nourish your body and produce long-term results.
Myth #4: Cleanses are just a way for people to make money on expensive supplements
Supplements involved in a cleanse should be just that, a supplementary part of the program, not the primary source of your nutrition. While participating in a cleanse, you get most of your vitamins and minerals from whole-food sources.
Supplements may be recommended to help your body make the most of the nutrients it receives from these foods. For example, by including probiotics in your diet, to help your body process vitamins, absorb minerals and nutrients and naturally remove waste and toxins from the body.
Aside from the benefits discussed above, cleansing the right way is an incredibly effective way to identify if you have any food sensitivities, balance your hormones, and establish healthy habits for the long term.
I’ve worked with participants who not only have lost weight and kept it off but who have also seen their energy levels skyrocket, their skin clear up and their allergies diminish or disappear entirely.
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