If you’ve been on a cleanse and dutifully recording your daily intake in your diet journal, take a look. Have you been keeping an exact record of how much you’re drinking? Do you know exactly how many calories you’re drinking? Have you felt hungry?
While many people swear by juice detoxes, they can be harmful to the body if you’re unsure of what calories (and what kind of calories) you are consuming. First of all, it’s hard to measure out liquid calories, especially with fruit juices. These contain a lot of natural sugars and could sabotage your diet. Many juice detoxes also restrict your intake to 64 ounces of fruit and veggie juices a day. Of course you’re going to lose weight, you are starving yourself! Most doctors suggest 64oz of water a day, but you need to supplement your diet with more than just liquid versions of fruits and vegetables. In addition, when your body goes into starvation mode, your metabolism slows DOWN, making it harder to keep weight off once you are done with the cleanse.
If you’re going to detox, make sure you include a variety of raw, cooked, and juiced fruits and vegetables. The right detoxes may exclude certain kinds of calories, but they should never exclude how much of the good stuff you can eat.