Detox diets can lead to binging, increased sugar intake, nutrient deficiencies, and weight gain. So, here's what we suggest: Rather than following a detox "diet," try including detox foods in a balanced diet instead. Not sure which foods constitute as detoxifying? We've compiled 20 recipes that fit the bill and incorporate foods from our list of The 25 Best Foods for Instant Detox.
One of the best ways to boost your metabolism is likely already sitting in your refrigerator: mustard. According to English researchers, eating just one teaspoon of the stuff—or a third of this recipe—can boost your metabolism by up to 25 percent for several hours!
Swimsuit season is right around the corner. Luckily, for every 10 grams of fiber you eat daily, your middle shrinks by 4 percent. One of these grilled artichokes not only help you hit the day's quota but will knock out 50 percent of your vitamin C demands.
Nutrition: 100 calories, 9 g fat, 100 mg sodium, 4 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 4 g protein.
Thanks to an antioxidant called betalains, adding some naturally-detoxifying beets to your diet can help repair and regenerate cells in the liver, the body's primary detox center.
Allergic to peanut butter? Try this sun butter instead. Aside from being just 100 calories, the filling butter is boasting with magnesium, a mineral that keeps blood pressure normal, maintains steady heart rhythm and helps boost lipolysis, a process by which the body releases fat from its stores. Looking to give your diet a makeover? Check out these 20 Weight-Loss Superfoods You're Not Eating.
Nutrition: 274 calories, 22.7 g fat (3.3 g saturated), 152 mg sodium, 19 g carbs, 9.3 g fiber, 2.1 g sugar, 5.5 g protein (calculated without salt)
Think twice before you pass the potato salad. When potatoes are cooked and then cooled in the refrigerator, their digestible starches turn into resistant starches through a process called retrogradation. Waist-shrinking resistant starch resists digestion, promoting fat oxidation and reduces abdominal fat.