“The idea that your body needs help getting rid of toxins has no basis in human biology,” says Frank Sacks, MD, of the Harvard School of Public Health. “Your organs and immune system handle those duties, no matter what you eat”. A detox diet may be a quick and temporary solution for losing weight but you’re likely to gain the weight back after you go off of it, as with any extreme diet. I’ve heard of detox diets like drinking nothing but water with lemon juice and cayenne pepper for a week straight but to not consume any calories or nutrients all week sounds absurd to me. This is the week everyone should be eating their healthiest, avoiding alcohol and drinking plenty of liquids to avoid bloating, cellulite, extra pounds and thin skin.
So rather than invest in a diet where you practically starve yourself, try a clean eating or organic diet for the week. Shape Magazine’s Cynthia Sass recommends this seven day clean eating challenge to bring you ‘skyrocketing energy’, weight loss, better control over your appetite and yes, better looking skin. Follow these 5 simple rules to slim down and feel your best before spring break:
- Eat only whole foods: If a food contains any ingredient you can’t pronounce or don’t know what it is, don’t buy it for the week you eat clean. Ex: Blueberries and oats instead of a blueberry muffin
- Keep meals simple. Your body only needs sources like whole grain, lean protein and healthy fat during each meal. Ex: Veggies and shrimp over rice
- Eat slower. Put your fork or spoon down during every bite and actually enjoy the different tastes and textures instead of inhaling your food like you’re in a hotdog race.
- Eat on a regular schedule. Sass suggests not letting more than 4 hours go by between each meal to better regulate your digestive system, blood sugar, insulin levels and appetite.
- Listen to your body. Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re satisfied, not stuffed.
You’ll thank yourself for eating healthy all week when you have a slim stomach on the beach and more energy to cram spring break activities.