Cleanse diets have been popular for almost a decade and they consist of fasting and/or limiting the food intake to fruits, vegetables, supplements, water and certain fruit juices. In addition to the food limitations, one also must eliminate caffeine, alcohol and any other chemicals during the cleanse.
Cleanse diets can last anywhere between 1 day up to a month and the goal is to reduce stored toxins, reset the digestive system and reduce body weight and body fat.
There are very few studies that can confirm or deny the effectiveness of these diets and they can come with their fair share of risk as well. Long duration fasts can create vitamin deficiencies and cleanses that involve diuretics or colon cleansing can result in dehydration.
Through personal experience, I’ve found that short duration (about a week) of fruits, vegetables, fruit juices and vitamin/greens supplements, along with ample volumes of water have worked for me. In addition to these items I completely cut out any other supplements and caffeine.
An example of a cleanse may looks like this;
Day 1 – Whole Fruits, Vegetables. Greens/Vitamin formula. Approx 120oz water.
Day 2 – Fruit and Vegetable Juices only (no added sweeteners). Greens/Vitamin Formula. Approx 100+ oz water.
Day 3 – Full day fast. 100+ oz Water
Day 4- Fruit and Vegetable Juices only (no added sweeteners). Greens/Vitamin Formula. Approx 100+ oz water.
Day 5 - Whole Fruits, Vegetables. Greens/Vitamin formula. Approx 120oz water.
Day 6 – Light easily digestible foods. Greens/Vitamin Formula. Approx 100oz water.
This is only an example of what a cleanse might look like. It is crucial to consult with a doctor or dietician to insure the safety of participating in a cleanse diet. Even if you do not lose weight during the cleanse period, the benefits of reducing the toxins and resetting the digestive system may support a long term weight loss plan.