A detox diet is usually short and stringent, but that depends on the program you’re in. Go for a detoxification diet that allows more flexibility by letting you include some foods, such veggies, and fruits. If you’re planning to do a this type of, here are 5 tips to keep in mind.
1. Stay within Your Normal Daily Caloric Needs
Calories are your friends. You need them for energy, which you’ll lack when you’re on a strict detox and cleansing diet. As a general rule, don’t go below 1,200 calories a day, or stay within your normal range. If you go below, your body will start eliminating muscles, not your excess fats.
What’s the normal range? That, my dear reader, depends on your activity level, gender, age, height, and purpose (for instance, weight loss). Fortunately, you can spare yourself from the guesswork thanks to online calorie calculators.
2. Jumpstart Your Day with a Healthy Breakfast
I know you’ve heard it all before, but I just want to emphasize the importance of NOT skipping breakfast when on a detox diet.
Skipping breakfast will decrease your focus, energy, blood sugar, and metabolism (which will double your chances of being overweight). In fact, breakfast skippers have higher tendencies to develop belly fat and become obese.
Breakfast Suggestion: As much as possible, go for a high-fiber, low-fat breakfast. You can include foods, such as whole grains (e.g. whole wheat bread, crackers, and tortillas), unsweetened fresh juice, fruits (e.g. apple and avocado), and veggie salad.
3. Replace One or Two Meals with Green Smoothie Recipes
Compared to juices, drinking green smoothies during your detox diet will provide you with enough nutrients and fiber to increase your energy and satiety levels. Some of the foods that aid your body’s detoxification process are artichokes, spinach, broccoli, kale, cabbage, beets, and garlic.
4. Leave Your Sedentary Lifestyle Behind
Come on and get that body moving. All you need is to do low-level exercises for 30 minutes a day, and you’re good. If you can’t spare that much time, you can break up the 30 minutes into 5-minute workouts.
Exercising is important when on a diet because it helps increase your body circulation to facilitate faster waste removal. It’s said that that when your body is under physiological stress or starved, like when you’re exercising, the autophagy mechanism is increased.
Autophagy is a normal self-digesting process that’s responsible for “taking out the trash,” meaning, nonfunctional or damaged cell materials. These waste materials are then taken to the lysosome, a gel-like component found inside cells, wherein they’re broken down and used for energy.
5. Make It a Habit to De-Stress
Chronic stress makes you more susceptible to diseases, low energy level, disrupted brain function, and poor digestive function, including your liver’s capability to properly remove waste materials.
A detox diet shouldn’t be done for prolonged periods. If you want to be healthy, exercise, adopt healthy habits, and eat a well-balanced diet.