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Andrea Bayles Nutritional Therapist
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Weight loss through detox?

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As a Metabolic Balance® Health Coach and Nutritionist I am asked many times for a quick detox that will help lose weight! Often people who want to lose weight will opt for a detox as a kick-start solution and we see many celebrities in the media promoting detox plans as being great for weight loss. As a health coach, it is my job to help people understand what is involved with body detox and how it affects weight loss goals.

Detox programs involve significant restrictions to your diet.  Many include a period of fasting, others include eating only certain foods.  Either way, your calorific intake will significantly change when you try any type of detox plan.  When you consume fewer calories, your body will burn the stored fat for energy, which can help you lose large amounts of weight quickly.  But, when you lose weight quickly, you are also likely to regain it as soon as you return to normal eating patterns.  Detox plans can slow down your metabolism, because your body goes into a starvation mode and tries to conserve calories for energy.

Not all detox plans are created equal.  Some will definitely help you lose weight naturally and gradually.  And, detoxifying your body will help to flush many of the stored toxins from your system, recharging your digestive system and all other body functions.  When your system is running more efficiently, weight loss can be faster.  Using a combination of healthy detox, such as juice detox, and exercise, you can rev up your system and boost your metabolism and immune system.  Having a clean slate for a diet and exercise program can mean better results from your weight loss program.

There are other ways that detoxifying your body can help you lose weight.  For example, one of the benefits of detox is that you will feel rejuvenated and have extra energy.  This will help you fit more exercise into your lifestyle.  You will also have better mental clarity, and be better able to stick to your weight loss goals because you can envision your success.  It is a fantastic way of feeling good after a winter of comfort eating and hibernation.  It is important to check with a healthcare practitioner whether detox is safe for you especially if you have any diagnosed conditions.

Detoxification isn’t just about the liver and the digestion, but we detoxify though the skin and lymphatic’s as well, so during your detox it can be really beneficial to visit your local sauna or stem room and help to sweat out impurities. Skin brushing is another technique to stimulate the flow of lymph. 

After a body detox program, you will also be more likely to sleep better.  Having healthy sleep patterns will help you lose weight faster.  Sleeping well will also help you to keep the weight off once you do reach your weight loss goals.  Detox will help you eliminate sugary and unhealthy foods from your system and your diet, and you will establish healthier eating patterns.  Your taste buds will be recharged and you will enjoy healthy foods without having the cravings for sugar and junk food.

If you are thinking about detoxing for weight loss, then you should avoid the detox programs that involve complete fasting.  Starvation is not the best solution for weight loss, because even though you will lose weight quickly, as soon as you start eating again you will gain the weight right back.  Talk to your health coach about finding the best detox plan for helping with your weight loss goals.

Natural Solutions can help advise you on the best way to kick-start a weight loss programme or a detoxification programme.  To find out more contact Natural Solutions


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  • "Through Andrea’s nutritional advice, I have experienced a really positive difference in my health and vitality.  I have found it totally fascinating to understand the impact that specific foods were having on my immunity and energy levels and have as a result, made a big change to my diet.  Andrea provides really practical advice and support which includes help with menus and recipes, which has been invaluable. "