Detox Diets – Friend or Foe?

(CARLSBAD, CA) – Everywhere you look, it seems that detox diets are celebrated as the best way to drop pounds and shed unhealthy toxins. Hollywood’s A-listers are reportedly undergoing detox treatments. Spas and health food stores tout detox diets as an essential part of your weight-loss regimen. Even grocery and drug stores sell the latest detox drink, pill, or powder.

So, what’s the scoop on detox diets? Are they hugely beneficial or a waste of time and money?

Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett suggests bypassing detox diets, and adopting old-fashioned healthy eating and exercise habits instead. By changing lifestyle behaviors, you’ll be implementing healthy habits that last. Besides, you really don’t need a special diet to detox. That’s because our bodies naturally detox by themselves. Your liver filters harmful components in the blood. Your kidneys excrete waste. And sweating clears your skin of toxins.

So, what’s with all the hype? Well, you can lose a quick five pounds with a detox diet. The problem is that the weight loss is neither healthy nor permanent. While you may lose up to five pounds in a week with a so-called detox diet, you’ll mostly be losing water weight. And if you’re drastically cutting calories or eliminating protein, then you’ll be losing muscle mass. When you return to your regular diet, the pounds will come right back on. What’s worse is that by losing that muscle mass from the detox diet, your metabolism will now be slower, which means that you’ll gain weight eating fewer calories than what you ate before the detox diet.

And that’s not all. Detox diets can also wreak havoc on your body’s nutritional chemistry. Eliminating entire food groups can leave you deficient of important nutrients. For example, going without carbohydrates can cause you to be deficient in Vitamin B, affecting not only your internal health, but also your external complexion. How about just switching to healthy versions of whole-grain carbs rather than nixing the entire food group altogether?

With that said, there is one healthy way to implement your very own detox diet. Drink plenty of water to flush-out toxins from your system. Eat plenty of fiber to keep your body’s waste system working properly. Making these simple changes in your daily regimen may be the only detox diet that you need.

Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,500 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.

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