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Detox diets are generally short-term dietary interventions designed to eliminate toxins from your body.
A typical detox diet involves a period of fasting, followed by a strict diet of fruit, vegetables, fruit juices, and water. Sometimes a detox also includes herbs, teas, supplements, and colon cleanse or enemas.
Human research on detox diets is lacking, and the handful of studies that exist are significantly flawed
Detox diets rarely identify the specific toxins they aim to remove. The mechanisms by which they work are also unclear.
There is little to no evidence that detox diets remove any toxins from your body. However, your body can clear itself of most toxins through the liver, feces, urine, and sweat.
Researchers have observed weight regain following weight loss across a range of populations and types of weight-loss diets.
The brain’s response to caloric restriction tends to be to increase cravings for foods that are highly rewarding and reducing our perception of being full.
Diets frequently fail because they have an endpoint and are not a real lifestyle change. Maintaining a lifestyle that promotes a healthy weight and metabolism is often a lifelong journey.
The actual food you eat isn’t the main thing that enables you to keep weight off.
Maintaining a weight-reduced state is a lifelong journey and many dietary approaches can work to facilitate weight loss and keep it off.
For half a century, doctors and researchers have known two things that could have improved, or saved, millions of lives: