26 October 2016Last updated

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Ask the expert: I gained weight after a detox diet!

You gained weight because you chose a wrong diet

11 Jul 2016 | 10:50 am

I found that I gained weight although I was on a detox diet. I only had fruit juices and vegetables for a week. I felt good and energised for the first three days, but then I started to feel weak and tired. Why did I gain weight although I was on a diet?

Well, let’s get this straight. You gained weight because you chose a wrong diet.

You should not go on a detox crash diet if you are looking to lose weight. That is not the purpose of a detox plan. A detox is to cleanse your liver, to give your digestive tract a break, to increase the rate at which your body will absorb nutrients and to heal your gut. These are the positive changes you should be looking for when you are doing a detox plan. Losing weight will happen only after these processes in your body reach optimum performance level.

Very often people lose weight on a detox plan but what they have lost is nothing but muscle and water – which is obvious since fruit juices and veggies have negligible amount of protein and fat.

You should go on a detox for no more than three-five days and not with the intention of losing weight but to cleanse. Losing weight will happen when you eat clean and do some form of workout consistently; not when you eat little. There are no quick fixes to lose weight. So change your mindset and your body will follow.

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Rashi Chowdhary

is a nutritionist, an inch-loss expert and a certified diabetic educator. She can be contacted on 050 181 5030.