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Many weight loss plans promote a detox period early on to cleanse your body from toxins and chemicals and get you primed for losing weight. But are they safe and do they really work? That’s what CBS’s “The Early Show” set out to examine. And as with many diet plans, there are good parts and bad parts and they are not for everyone.
Whether you try the Master Cleanse, an all-fruit diet or the Martha’s Vineyard detox diet, the key is be safe. Many of these diets cause you to lose weight too quickly, and they often don’t include the nutrients that you need for your body to function. These diets also starve your body and can cause headaches and nausea. However, many people do report feeling lighter, happier, energized and healthier in the short term with these diets so there may be something to eliminating things from your diet.
The best detox diets are ones that still allow you to eat a relatively normal diet. Cutting out a certain item for a period of time, like alcohol, coffee, meat, dairy, etc., is a better means of detoxing your body than cutting out entire food groups altogether.
Have you tried a detox diet? What was your experience like? [Cbsnews.com]