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Cleansing diets?

Asked by DaphneT (5438 points ) July 23rd, 2012

Where does the literature put us today? Are these diets still the rage, part of the mainstream or have they died a natural death?

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Pandora's avatar

I think they continue to spiral down the toilet. There will always be someone desperate enough to believe in its benefits and think of it as a quick way to lose weight.
i personally believe that the total idea for cleansing the body, once in a while isn’t a harmful thing. But I don’t think you need several days or an extreme cleanse. Just drink water for one day and nothing else, your body will do the rest.

mangeons's avatar

Cleansing diets often have very little results in terms of actual weight loss. Any weight loss that occurs during them is easily gained back once you go back to eating normally, and it’s usually not the kind of weight loss you want anyway (water weight/muscle loss as opposed to actual fat loss). I’m sure they’re still used by people who believe there are “quick and effortless” ways to lose weight, but they’ll be disappointed with the results.

Adagio's avatar

Aren’t cleansing diets for ridding the body of toxins, that’s always been my understanding…

mrrich724's avatar

Cleansing diets are alive and well. The cleanse is used to detox as @Adagio mentioned, but usually used for the further purpose of losing weight. The idea is “I’ll start with a cleanse, to have a ‘fresh palate’ and then improve my eating habits from there, never going back to my old ways.”

People will lose a significant amount of weight on a cleanse, but it’s mostly water, as cleanses typically include ‘salt flushes,’ liquid diets’ etc. that cause diarreah/dehydration and drastic calorie intake cuts.

The problem is, people are SO starved and dehydrated after a cleanse, and think they’ve lost alot of weight that they typically start taking “cheat days,” and or binge eat once the last day of the cleanse is complete.

Because it’s typically a crash diet, instead of a progressive and steady lifestyle change, no good habits are learned and built, and the moment the cleanse is over the dieter is back to their old habits.

I haven’t seen too many new cleanses come out, but I know they are alive and well b/c at least 4 women just ‘completed’ cleanses at my current organization, and at my previous job (leave it to Beverly Hills women) they were ALWAYS doing cleanses, coming off them, gaining back their weight, and going back on them.

Oh, there’s a wedding this weekend!!! Wanna do a cleanse?! ;)

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