Detox diets

Popular diet plans assessed

With a wide choice of diets out there to help with weight loss, choosing the right diet plan is not an easy task. Here we put detox diets under the microscope so you can decide whether it is the right diet to aid your weight loss.

Detox diets aim to free the body of toxins

The theory behind detox diets

Detox diets are based on the theory that our bodies are continually subjected to toxins such as pesticides, food additives, high-fat foods and alcohol. Detoxification takes these toxins out of the body. The length of the diet can vary, but the main food groups included are organic fruit, vegetables, juices, herbal teas, rice and drinking lots and lots of water.

Our opinion on detox diets
— marked out of 10.

Satisfying hunger 10
Good for health 2
Ease to follow 8
Expense 3
Overall rating 3

Overall verdict on detox diets

Detox diets generally rely on the fact that they are very low in calories. Whole food groups are often cut out which obviously leads to imbalance. These diets are very restrictive. There are better ways of achieving long-term success at weight loss that are more nutritionally-balanced and easier to follow.

Pros about detox diets

  • Rapid weight loss.
  • May help to increase the amount of fruit and vegetables in the diet.

Cons about detox diets

  • Wind may be a problem as detox diets often recommend very high-fiber foods.
  • There is not any advice on how to change eating habits for the long term.
  • Rigid structure means it is hard to fit in with everyday living.
  • Only a short-term, quick fix.
Alcohol — not allowed.
Suitable for vegetarians — yes.
Suitable for vegans — yes.
Suitable for coeliacs — yes.
Need to buy specialist foods — yes, as some of the foods recommended may be unfamiliar to you.
Restaurant friendly — no, many restaurants use sugar, salt, additives and canned and packaged food — all of these are banned in detox diets.

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