by NATALIA HAWK
I know that it’s already the end of October.
I know that the weather is heating up and the Christmas decorations are starting to emerge in shopping centres.
And I know that you might be starting to panic about the fact that in a few short weeks, you might be spending a fair bit of time in swimmers and, well, not much else. And I know that you might be seeing fad diet ideas and detoxes pop up all over the place, promising you a “perfect bikini body!” if you are happy to hand over several hundred dollars of your hard-earned cash.
But please, please please: do not put yourself on some kind of liquid cleanse.
I’m seeing increasing amounts of ladies signing up for ‘detoxes’ that involve things like drinking no more than four juices a day, or three milkshake-y things a day, or similar.
The claims are tempting. The companies tell you that you’ll lose weight, that you’ll cleanse your entire body, that your skin will be more beautiful and your hair will be shiny and amazing, and that you’ll have more energy than ever. And it’s so easy! All you have to do is consume no solid food. For five days or however long they encourage.
But nutritionists generally agree that there is nothing good about doing a liquid cleanse.
And if you’re thinking about doing one, here’s exactly why you shouldn’t:
1. You won’t get the nutrients you need from only-liquid meals
Especially if you’re veering away from fresh fruit/veggies and towards the meal replacements that are full of artificial colours, flavours in sugars, in an attempt to make them somewhat palatable.
2. You’ll become obsessed with food and far more likely to binge
Because you’re not allowed food, it’ll be all you think about. You’ll sip on your third juice in a day and daydream about nothing but chicken nuggets and cheesecake. When you are finally allowed to eat again, you will gorge yourself on ice-cream and then remember you are only supposed to be eating GREENS, DAMN IT.
3. You’ll lose weight but put it right back on
If you are looking to lose weight, liquid diets are not the way to do it – because they’re not a sustainable method of healthy eating. You might lose water weight, or muscle weight (because you’re probably not getting much protein) – but you’ll put it all back on again once you start eating.