Why a Cleanse Diet Won't Help You Lose Weight

Why a Cleanse Diet Won't Help You Lose Weight

The claims by cleanse diets are quite different than the reality. Here's why you should think twice about cleanse diets.

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The world we live in isn't exactly good for us. Just walking outside in the sunlight too long can cause skin cancer. There are toxins in the foods we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe.

There's no reason to panic about all the harmful substances in our world. Our bodies are pretty darn good at eliminating toxins from the body.

One great example of natural detoxification is breathing. Yes, your lungs are detoxing your body by expelling carbon dioxide, the gas we produce when we break down food and drink for energy.

Wouldn't it be great to speed up this process? The cleanse diet or detox diet claims to do this while helping you lose weight. Keep reading to find out why their claims aren't true.

What Are the Claims About Cleanse Diets? 

True detoxification is the cleansing of the blood. Your body does this naturally in several parts of your body. Your liver is the biggest actor in the process. It takes the main load when it comes to metabolites.

This means your liver eliminates or metabolizes fats, medical chemicals, alcohol, and other things from your bloodstream. This is how alcoholics destroy their liver.

The logic of a cleanse diet goes like this: If I stop putting most anything in my body and only put water or juice into my body, my liver will get rid of *all* toxins and bad fats in my body.

Cleanse diet defenders apply this claim to every part of the body that eliminates toxins. What are the purported benefits of detox?

  1. Rests the organs
  2. Stimulates the liver to "drive toxins from the body
  3. Promotes the elimination of toxins through the liver, intestines, kidneys, and skin
  4. Improves blood circulation
  5. Refuels the body with healthy nutrients
  6. Eliminates bad fats

Detox diets claim to do these incredible things through several methods. Juice fasting is one of the more popular forms of detox diets. Fasting or just restricting your diet to a particular food group is also popular.

Some sell colon cleanses that "clean out" your colon with enemas, laxatives, or colon hydrotherapy (you really don't want to know…). Often these diets are a combination package of some sort. Take a vitamin, juice every day, and avoid certain foods.

Sometimes these diets are marketed as weight loss programs. Some go as far as to claim disease correction.

The good news is that there is a tectonic shift in the entire dieting industry away from "dieting" in general, with a new focus on "wellness" instead. That's why Weight Watchers changed their name and image to "WW," and why wellness apps based on behavioral modification like Noom are all the rage with Millennials.

Anyway, let's get back to why you should think twice before trying to lose weight with a cleanse.

What Actually Happens to Your Body on a Cleanse Diet?

While yes, it's good to lessen the number of toxins in your system (your liver can only regenerate so fast from alcohol intoxication), eliminating all foods except juice or tea won't do much to the toxins already in your system. In fact, too much cleanse dieting could be harmful to your system.

You store water in your muscles. Glycogen helps it stay there and also provides energy to your muscles and organs. When you quit eating entirely, your body uses up the glycogen and your muscles become dehydrated.

You lose weight when you become dehydrated. So, yes, you do lose weight when you do a detox or cleanse. You'll quickly gain that weight back when you start eating again.

Water weight loss is not the same as fat weight loss!

When You Lose Nutrients, You Become Weaker

Your body also uses up good fats, expels fiber, and uses up all your nutrients. If you do go on a juice cleanse, avoid exercise. You will quickly become fatigued and unable to function in life due to lack of calories and nutrients.

The longer you fast, the more your body begins to go into starvation mode. Instead of eliminating fat, it begins to break down muscle. You're weakening your body when you fast for too long.

Cleanse Diets: You Lose Fiber

By not eating the actual fruit and just drinking its juice, you lose out on all that fiber. Your gut relies on fiber to keep your bowels healthy and to keep waste moving through.

By going on a cleanse, you're doubling the impact on your gut. Not only will a lack of fiber slow things down, but the dehydration from a lack of glycogen will eventually cause constipation. Fast for long enough and your gut might shut down entirely (you'd have to do this for quite a while for that to happen).

So, a cleanse doesn't actually remove toxins from your blood and actually hampers your body's natural response to them!

Cleanse Diet Alternative?

Getting your health on track and losing fat off your body is a great goal. While a juice cleanse may not help you get there, other methods exist that don't harm your body.

The thing is, something you only do for seven days isn't going to permanently change your health or your habits. Seeing your weight drop significantly does feel good and you're more likely to continue on a healthy diet if you see results within the first thirty days.

Legitimate and successful diet programs are less about quick fixes and more about long-term change. These tend to be "food resets" rather than complete food elimination programs.

Healthy weight loss is about limiting calories in, increasing calories out, and maintaining healthy eating habits throughout. A cleanse won't get you there.

Instead of buying into cleanse hype for weight loss, try a proven weight loss program. Do a full reboot of your diet.

If It Sounds Too Good To Be True...

Most of the time, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. This is particularly true in the dieting world.

Even the most effective dieting plans require a lifestyle change. They just make those changes easier than if you attempted them on your own.

Choose a diet plan and consider the big picture. You'll want to incorporate diet with exercise and possibly a few other lifestyle changes.

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To The Soon-To-Be College Freshman Who Think They'll Keep Their High School Friends, Know This

You will maybe talk to 10 people back from your high school while your in college.

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I know what you are thinking "Of course I am going to still talk to all my high school friends once we graduate." "You just didn't keep up with your friends." "I am going to talk to them every day."

Of course, you may be the lucky ones that go on to the same college and university, but if you follow your best friend to college then have you ever thought to yourself. "Did I choose my school based on if my friend(s) would go to college together." Obviously, it could be coincidental that you end up in the same place, but my argument is more on the idea of having friends that go to the same college on your list of important things once you move away.

Now if you are still reading and still in denial with what I am saying then continue.

Since moving away from home I have broadened my horizons and met more people then I could ever have imagined. I have met people that if I have not kept an open mind to them I would not be friends with them now. You will most likely choose the same type of friends that you had in high school if you do not keep an open mind when finding friends in college.

You also do not want to be that person who refuses to make other friends besides their high school friends. I hate to break it to you, but your high school friends will find other friends beside you when they leave for college/university. This time in your life is supposed to be "a new chapter" if you do not branch out of your comfort zone then you will be stuck in a little bubble for the rest of your life.

Not only will your friends in your high school class be making friends, but you need to make friends that are in the same stage of life that you are also in. Still talking to high school aged friends will limit you from conversations due to distance, lack of relevance, and just not going through the same stuff as you.

Sounds daunting? I know.

I am not saying that you can not be friends still with your high school friends. From time to time I catch up with mine to see how the school is going for them, and how they are doing, but I am building and forming relationships with my friends at college because you have had to start up from ground zero, and will be forming a foundation until we graduate.

Even when you have broken it is nice to hang out with your high school friends and talk about the good old days. My point to you is to keep an open mind and to not get upset when high school friends have moved on and found their new friends from school just like you.

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Women: 5 Tips for Starting a Successful Retail Business

Even though a lot of business has shifted to online stores, you can still succeed in retail with an actual store.

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Tips for Starting a Successful Retail Business: A retail business can be any size and can sell just about anything; from cupcakes to prom gowns. If retailers and wholesalers expect to succeed, however, they need products that consumers want, as well as a great location, a strategy for success, loyal customers, and well-trained employees. No matter what type or size of retail business you are running, you need a good plan in place. Below are five tips to help you start your business off on the right foot.

1. Do Your Research (Then, Research Some More!)

I think it was Ben Franklin who said, "failing to plan is planning to fail."

Even if you think your product idea is the best, do your research. Before you launch your retail business, be sure that there is a need or want for your product in the market. See how the local competition is doing. Think of something that will make your shop unique from theirs, and expand on the market instead of just copying what others already have done. Target the right audience by understanding who is interested in your products, and gear your advertisements toward that group.

2. Create a Solid Business Plan

So, you thought of a million dollar idea while you were waiting in line at Starbucks? Now you need to take a deep breath and create a good business plan (how?) before you start. You need to declare goals and describe how you plan to achieve those goals. Your program should be detailed, covering all areas of the business, including employee training techniques, advertising strategies, funding options, and product lines. Knowing what you are going to do and how you are going to do it will put you on the right track and keep you there.

3. Have a Great Advertising Campaign

You may have the best product in town, but if people do not know you exist, your business will fail. You have to create a strong advertising campaign that will build your brand. Use online methods as well as offline techniques to get your brand recognized. Social media networks, websites, and search engine optimization are useful and affordable online techniques. Offline methods should include a good location, a clear and visible sign, and local advertising methods.

Also, don't forget low-tech and free methods of marketing. Even though you might be focusing a lot of your budget on online and print ads, don't forget old standbys like business cards which have survived the test of time! (You can find high-quality inexpensive ones online from companies like Moo.com and Vistaprint. Oh, and don't forget to always use a coupon!)

4. Understand the Importance of Repeat Customers

Getting new customers can be expensive, so don't lose them! Keeping a customer is much more affordable than trying to obtain a new one, and repeat customers also tend to spend more money. Make sure you have high standards for customer service standards so that you can retain your current clients. Create incentive programs to keep them coming back to your shop; start a newsletter to stay in touch with them and inform them about new products or specials.

5. Train Your Employees Well

Don't you hate it when you walk into a store and some uninspired college kid is behind the counter texting?

Behind every great business are great employees. Take the time to hire only the most capable individuals, and then take the time to train them to your standards. Employee training is a huge part of your business's success. If you want to stay on track with your business plan, make sure you train your employees properly. Conduct monthly performance reviews and reward those who deserve it. Incentive programs for your employees can not only make them work harder, but also make your business more successful.

6. Retail Business = Potential Tax Deductions!

So, if you have a retail business or are in the process of opening one, you know that there are tons of unexpected expenses. Well, the silver lining is that every one of those expenses could be a deduction come tax season! If you have a retail business, make sure you use a good CPA or software specifically for the self-employed from one of the top two brands of tax software. (You can find discounts for both hr block & turbotax self-employed online) Remember, trying to save $50 doing your taxes the cheapest way might cost you hundreds or even thousands on your tax refund, so use the appropriate version with all of the features you need.

Every business needs a plan to succeed, including having the right steps in place and using the correct methods to reach your goals. Do not assume that having a good product will bring in the profits you need; there is much more to running a profitable business. Plan out your business's every move, and carefully carry out the steps you have created for a successful and profitable business.

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