Detox Diets Done Right
Plenty of detox diets claim they'll help you rid your body of
toxins and shed pounds. But do they work-and are they safe?
Not especially, says Keren Gilbert, M.S., R.D., a nutrition
"I'm always wary of any diet that eliminates an entire food
group and you shouldn't let your daily calories fall below 1,200,"
she says. "Cleansing or juice diets just don't give you all the
nutrients you need."
Instead, opt for a "detox" diet that emphasizes vegetables,
fruits, whole grains and lean protein and eliminates foods that are
processed or high in fat, sugar or salt.
"Those foods are hard on your body and make you feel yucky,"
says Gilbert. "But if you eat the right foods-including plenty of
fiber, which can eliminate toxins-you'll feel great and I think
that kind of detox diet can be extraordinarily beneficial."