5 steps to detox for weight loss in menopause

For example, the authors of one study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism advise that consumers exercise caution and critical thinking when choosing a detox. They also suggest getting advice from a trained clinician, noting that "there remain many unresolved issues regarding knowing how and what foods modulate detoxification pathways.”  


Almost all detox programs are limited in duration. For example, three-day detox programs are widely promoted on celebrity blogs and websites. Because these diets are highly restrictive, it generally isn't realistic to sustain them for longer than a week or two at the most. Staying on a highly restrictive detox diet for too long can lead to malnutrition and excessive weight loss.

Ian K. Smith, MD, agrees. Dr. Smith is the author of several best-selling diet books. He explains that the liver, kidney, lungs, skin, and gastrointestinal system remove toxins that accumulate in the body. But he says that following a detox diet full of natural foods can enhance the body's ability to cleanse. He advises caution about assuming healthfulness when choosing a detox diet. "Detoxes have gotten very trendy, and many of them are unhealthy and quite dangerous."

A good plan provides enough calories and nutrients to sustain you (the average woman needs 1,200 to 1,800 calories) and includes fiber and lean protein. With that in mind, Ventrelle created a 1,400-calorie plan (below) exclusively for Women's Health . (Note: Calories given are for a 5'3" to 5'5", 115- to 125-pound woman. You may need to adjust for your own height, weight, age, and activity level.) Following it for at least three days will kick-start weight loss, but it's safe to use as long as you'd like.

3 Day Easy Detox (Cleanse) Diet for Weight Loss

Breakfast • 8 oz water with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice • Scrambled egg whites with chopped fresh herbs (such as basil or oregano), topped with a dollop of salsa, and 1 slice whole-wheat toast, dry or 1 cup cooked oats or cooked oatmeal topped with ½ cup berries or 2 Tbsp nuts • 8 oz decaffeinated green or herbal tea.

Detox diets that are very low in calories . "Look for one that will give you enough calories throughout the day, so that you can function normally," says Dr. Smith. Armstrong adds that very low-calorie plans should only be followed with medical supervision. Detox diets that make big promises. Avoid programs that promise unusually quick weight loss or a cure for a disease. You may also want to be wary of diets that require you to buy expensive pills or products. Detox diets that eliminate food groups. Armstrong recommends that you look for a detox plan that includes a variety of nutrient-dense whole foods, rather than relying on juices and supplements.

Lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans, and other legumes provide protein, fiber and other nutrients. They are a part of some, but not all detox diet programs. Canned beans are generally not suggested as they may be high in sodium.