Is a Detox Your Best Bet to Lose Weight?

Is a Detox Your Best Bet to Lose Weight?

The question of weight loss is a tricky one. Many people are under the impression that losing weight will always lead to better health, but for many people that isn’t the case. Some body types will naturally carry more fat than others, and that isn’t necessarily an indicator of ill-health. Muscle weighs more than fat, by volume, and many people will get healthier by putting on a few extra pounds of muscle rather than shedding from their overall mass. On the other hand, obesity is a serious epidemic in this country, and we’re in full support of any healthy efforts to curb it.

So, when we talk about weight loss, what we’re really talking about is metabolizing excess or superfluous fat. To that end, is detox your best bet to lose weight?

What’s Detoxing?

As your body metabolizes food, oxygen, and so on, the natural processes create waste. That waste is processed, especially by your kidneys, liver, and lymphatic systems, and excreted in urine, through your digestive tract, or out through your pores. This is a natural process, and it happens constantly.

Every minute of your life, your body is in a constant state of detox to one degree or another. However, there are ways to help it along or to make it more efficient. Simply put, “detoxing” describes anything you can do, like drinking plenty of water, to assist in your body’s natural excretory processes. You can think of it like giving your insides a power-wash.

Now, it’s true that those natural detoxification processes aren’t perfect. Indeed, our bodies do tend to hold onto a number of those toxins, especially in fat cells, so it would make sense that burning fat away would help to rid us of some of those pollutants.

But, let’s take a look at fat for a moment and find out what we’re actually dealing with.


Why Do Our Bodies Carry Fat?

Fat cells have a number of functions. They help the body to thermoregulate, protect the organs against injury, and, most famously, store energy. Excess calories get congealed into fat cells which can be metabolized again during leaner times when the body needs extra calories. It’s a related process to the way a bear puts on weight for the winter, to metabolize during hibernation.

Since fat cells can function as chemical storehouses, they can also be thought of as a sort of snapshot of what was mixed into the body when they were captured. That might mean extra calories, but it might mean toxins that hadn’t yet been filtered out from the system, too. Hence, in metabolizing those fat deposits, you can get rid of some of those extra toxins and make room for healthier fat cells to take their place.


Is Detox Your Best Bet to Lose Weight?

It would be more appropriate to say that detoxing can help your body to metabolize fat cells, at least indirectly. Remember that weight loss may not be the most sensible goal for every person in every case. Weight loss, especially in the short term, can even correlate with systemic shock and rarely provides any lasting results. What’s more important is to get your body in a healthy state through detox, exercise, and through developing better habits. Let your body shape sort itself out down the line.


How Can Detox Improve Overall Health?

Supporting the body’s natural detox processes in the liver, kidneys, colon, and lymphatic dramatically helps improve health. Drinking lots of warm water along with lots of green vegetables is almost always a good idea.  Avoiding stimulants such as caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, nicotine, and sugar is critical as well as taking a long break from animal protein (ie., fish, red meat, poultry, eggs, dairy products), bread, and wheat. These items clog up the detoxification pathways and are rich in heavy metals (ie., lead, arsenic, mercury) which are difficult to clear.  

Another major component of detoxing your body is healthy eating. If you’re not taking more toxins in especially from animal protein, GMO items, processed foods, and stimulants noted above, your body will have a much easier time processing the natural by-products of regular metabolic activity. If you do start eating healthier, getting plenty of rest, being mindful of your breathing (ideally 15 breaths per minute) and being active, your digestion and metabolism become more efficient. These healthy lifestyle changes will quickly be reflected in your body’s shape and size.

If you’d like to learn more about how detox can fit into a healthy lifestyle, contact Advanced Health for a consultation! Our staff is ready to get you on the path to lifelong wellness.

Nicole Bianchi, N.C. Nicole Bianchi, N.C. is a certified nutritionist who helps clients strategically develop food plans for themselves and their families according to their individual needs, situations, health challenges and preferences.

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