Should You Start a Detox Diet?
Detox diets vary widely, so it’s difficult to group them together and say that all detox diets are healthy or unhealthy. Because of the restrictive nature of detox diets, they’re generally low-calorie by nature.
Some detox diets may eliminate smoking and drinking, which is universally known to lower the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Fasting for Weight-Loss
Going through short-term fasts can have several health benefits such as increasing life span.3 Essentially, fasting reduces metabolic stress on your body so it can slow down and relax.
In one study published by researchers at Seoul Women’s University, they examined the effect of a lemon detox diet on several health measurements.4 They found that after a week on the lemon diet, the participants had significant improvements in measures of body weight, BMI, body fat, inflammation, and insulin resistance.
So in the short-term, a fasting detox diet may lead to improvements in body composition and several health markers. However, as we already mentioned, detox diets that restrict calories aren’t sustainable long-term. Extended periods of fasting increases your stress hormone cortisol.5
How low is considered low calorie?
One study published in 2010 examined the effect of a 1200 calorie diet on the hormone levels of women.6 The researchers found that after three weeks on the low-calorie diet, the participants had several negative health effects including increased cortisol and perceived stress.