So whether it is a tea, a pill, a shake, a juice diet or a pipe to insert somewhere unspeakable if it is marketed as detoxifying it is essentially bollocks. Don’t be tempted by the advertising, you will only be wasting your money.
The alternative: Eat real food. Cut out processed junk, eat meat and veggies, some high fat dairy and some potatoes and you will be amazed at how much better you feel. No need to pretend to your friends that you actually really like the taste of a detox kale smoothie.
If you’d like to read more ranting on this check out: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/dec/05/detox-myth-health-diet-science-ignorance
- Commercial Weight Loss Plans
I spent 2 years working in an NHS service for the morbidly obese (Our BMI entry criteria was >45). 90% of our clients had used at least one commercial weight loss company. They all described the same pattern of losing initial weight, falling off the wagon, gaining beyond their original starting weight and then repeating the process. As the cycles mount up so does the metabolic damage until weight loss is painfully difficult. Having seen how these people had been conned by these companies up to the point where their lives were at stake I now have very strong feelings on the subject. Don’t be fooled by the marketing. Stay away from commercial weight loss solutions. Their goal is profit and isn’t your weight loss.
The alternative: If weight loss is your goal then cut out processed rubbish and focus instead on real food. Take carbs out of your morning and start to limit your sedentary time, walking whenever possible. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to lose weight this way and it’s free!
The alternative: If you like juicing for the convenience then consider swapping your juice for a coffee and cream. The latter will give you stable energy and be helpful for your body composition. If you juice as you don’t like vegetables then try covering leafy greens with butter or chucking a load into a rich stew. Or just grow up?
There are some other culprits to add to this list but hopefully you have the idea by now. If you are searching for a healthier you in 2015 ignore the Herbalife and juice plus adverts, save yourself the money and just focus on the basics; eating real food. Happy New Year!