Similarities and differences between the detox and weight loss programs
Both detoxification programs and weight loss courses are based on an appropriate fragmentary nutrition, linked to digestion and metabolic processes. For both weight loss and toxin cleansing, diets can be combined with a personal physical activity plan according to the age, body and general health condition of the participant.
With a properly performed detox program, in addition to the body cleansing effect, you can also lose some extra pounds – up to over 6 per cent in a single course. Weight loss in turn leads to a reduction of toxins in the body and improvement of the functions of organs, and improvement of the overall health, as is the result of detoxification.
Thus, in many ways, the effects of detoxification and weight loss courses are similar and complementary, although they are separate programs, each with its own accents and specifics of the methods. Of course, we are talking about the professionally conducted programs in specialized clinics, which through their methodologies guarantee optimal effect and long-lasting results. In this case, do weight loss and detox go hand in hand? Yes, they can even be combined, but we should mention some clarifications with regard to the differences. Above all, it all depends on the goal set.
How do detoxification and weight loss courses work
Detoxification can also be performed by people who have normal weight and do not need to lose weight.
But especially if you live in a big polluted city or industrial area, even if you do not have a specific disease, perhaps you feel permanent fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, frequent mood swings, bad breath, although you often brush your teeth, etc., then maybe you need a toxin cleanse.
People who are overweight can only focus on weight loss programs or perform a detox, or combine elements of the different programs, of course – under the medical supervision of specialists.
We also should mention that the nutritional regimens included in the weight loss programs differ from these included in the detoxification programs. Weight loss takes place in a clinic, as the nutrition during the weight loss courses, with duration of one or two weeks, is relatively “freer”. For example, it may include, fish dishes, as the calorific intake per day may reach 1100-1400 kcal. The detoxification process is more prolonged – 21 days.
The first week is preparatory and can be performed at home according to a personal plan defined by the specialists. The second week is for intense detoxification and it should be performed in a clinic under medical supervision. The third week is to end the detoxification process – the so-called refeeding process, and it also may be performed at home by following the advices, given in the clinic. The intake of certain supplements may continue months after the end of the detoxification.
In intensive detoxification, the calorific intake is very limited /up to 600 kcal/, as the patient should consume vegetable and fruit smoothies, vegetable broths, fresh and steamed vegetables, buckwheat, brown rice, quinoa and other similar products; as fish, meat, dairy products, eggs, etc., are not allowed. White meat and fish are allowed only in the beginning of the preparatory week, during which the body is gradually preparing for the intensive detox and reduction of the calories. The refeeding process can be performed according to a personal plan, by gradually including eggs, fish, white meat and other products in your menu.
Why we should not perform a detox on our own and struggle with weight loss
When answering the question Do weight loss and detoxification go hand in hand with a positive answer, we have to make an important clarification. There are a number of diseases and health conditions /recent surgery, pregnancy, breastfeeding/ that are contraindicated for detox, weight loss or some form of their combination.
A person may have certain diseases for years, without being aware, for example, diabetes. Therefore, we should not make detoxification on our own and struggle with weight loss without prior consultation with a specialist, but we should seek the help of professional clinics.
There the participants will undergo a detailed examination before being included in the programs. What diseases we refer to and how we proceed? Both detoxification and weight loss are related to digestion, metabolism, absorption of the substances and excretion. Typically, diet regimens are accompanied by a certain type of physical activity with the appropriate loads, with licensed instructors in the clinics.
This activity takes place both in the gym /callanetics, aerobics, etc./ and outdoors: therapeutic gymnastics, walking on different terrains, horseback riding, and so on. The professional programs also include eastern practices, for example, specialized breathing exercises, meditation, and so on.
The regimens of nutrition and physical activity are related to different organs and systems – stomach, bowels, liver, gallbladder, kidneys; muscles, bones, joints; respiratory system, cardiovascular system, hormonal system, and so on. Any damage to these organs and systems may be contraindicated for detoxification and weight loss course. First of all, the cancerous disease are contraindicated.
Liver cirrhosis, gastrointestinal inflammations or ulcers, acute pancreatic inflammations, gallstones, cardiovascular disorders /coronary heart disease, varicose veins, high blood pressure, heart attack, etc./; as well as problems with the joints and muscles; lung diseases, epilepsy, stroke, etc.; acute chronic diseases are also contraindicated.
If the specialists find out during the examination that there is a disease or specific health condition, they can refuse to enroll the patient in the course because of health risks or uncertainty whether the program would be effective in this case. Depending on the severity of the illness, however, the physicians may prescribe light regimens that will help to achieve the goal set.
Considering all that has been said above, in addition the the direct effect of the programs, the long-lasting effect of the results in specialized clinics is guaranteed because the participants in the programs receive a long-term plan on how to build useful eating habits and habits related to physical activity. Very often the patient tries to lose weight on his own and this struggle “ends” with the yo-yo effect: after a while the lost weight comes back, even more kilos accumulate.
Useful habits that can help us
Whether a person will be overweight and with toxins accumulated in the organism, or not, depends mostly on his eating habits – harmful or healthy ones. Studies have shown that the impact of the environment and genetics is only 20 percent, and more than 50% depends on what and how we eat.
At the same time, practice shows that, under the guidance of specialists, useful eating habits and habits related to physical activity can be build within a month. What should our behavior be? Depending on our age, lifestyle and environment, the daily calorific intake for men should be between 2000 and 2400 kcal, and for women – between 1800 and 2400 kcal.
Of the total intake the proteins should be 30 to 40 percent, carbohydrates – up to 50%, and fats – between 20 and 25 percent. Food labels contain full information about the ingredients and we have to build the habit to make a plan for calorific intake and the individual groups of substances. With regard to the process of eating, we have to give up the habit to “eat while walking” or to eat while doing something else. Then the overeating can easily occur.
We have to be relaxed when we have a meal, without doing something else, and we have to chew the food carefully. Meals should be distributed in 4-5 a day, as the portions should not be big, and there is one intermediate fruit snack between the breakfast and lunch and between the lunch and dinner. If you prefer to eat in larger intervals /for example, 5 hours and more/, the organism slows down the metabolism, switching to “economic mode”, thus leading to fatty deposits. We should consume more seasonal fruits and vegetables, but up to 300 grams per day.
It is important not to deprive ourselves of protein foods – various meat, fish, legumes, seafood, curd, eggs. They give a sense of satiety, as well as they are rich in amino acids, support cellular renewal and muscle mass. We have to limit refined products such as sugar, white flour and white rice. For example, you can replace white sugar with honey or brown sugar, and consume brown rice, whole-grain bread, etc.
You should also drink water regularly in small sips – the body should receive daily up to 35 ml of fluid per kilogram. Coffee, juices, teas and fizzy drinks do not replace water, and fizzy drinks contain a lot of sugar.
It is recommended to avoid fried foods, as the food is good to be cooked, roasted or grilled, but avoid too long thermal processing. Use fresh products when cooking, as the semi –prepared or canned are treated for a longer shelf life, and they contain preservatives, dying agents, flavor enhancers, which makes the elimination of toxins difficult and generally slows down the metabolism.
It is also important the dinner to be consumed early – around 6 p.m. or 7 p.m., and it should consist of light foods that are easy to digest: lean fish, white chicken meat, curd, vegetables and fruits.