Advice on Avoiding the New Year Detox

Posted by Sarah Cox on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 Under: nutrition

After Christmas, a lot of people decide that they are going to detox or go on a diet and get healthier and/or lose weight, so they go on a mission in January, which often involves restricting what they eat. 


The third Monday of January is known as Blue Monday.  This is when people's best intentions for their new start go flying out of the window. So, the chances are that if you did embark on a detox or diet mission in January that by now your diet regime is slipping and you're eating more again and back on the wine or beer.  


There are different schools of thoughts about the benefits or otherwise of detoxing. According to The British Dietetic Association, the human body is complex and more than capable of detoxing itself. The liver works to rid the body of everyday toxins so a 'special detox diet' is not necessary. Whilst they are often popular with celebrities, these diets recommend cutting out entire food groups and living on fruit/vegetables and water. I just want to make you aware that detox diets can lead to nutritional deficiencies because whole food groups are omitted, which means you are not eating a healthy balanced diet.  Skipping meals altogether or reducing your food intake too much, will lead to low blood sugar levels, which will leave you feeling tired, grumpy and craving sugar. 


After 'the Christmas feast', the best thing to do is simply to reduce your food intake back down to a healthy level as well as replacing some of the more fattening foods you have been eating with more fruit and vegetables, whilst ensuring you are including foods from all the food groups I have previously mentioned. 


It is far better for you to change your eating habits permanently so that you always eat healthy, balanced, nutritious foods rather than overeating at Christmas and then starving yourself afterwards in January. It really is the best way to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and body.  


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