Is the 7 day detox plan good for weight loss?
Sold as a less extreme detox diet compared to other versions such as the juice diet, the 7-Day Detox usually involves ‘clean eating’ – consuming an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, while eliminating alcohol, caffeine, processed foods, salt, red or processed meat, dairy, wheat, crisps, sauces and fizzy drinks from your diet.
Over the years, celebrities and influencers have turned 7 day detox plans into a ‘quick fix’ way to lose weight. But detoxing is certainly not an easy option and won’t be for everyone, as these diet plans are unlike many of the others out there. Popular weight loss options like intermittent fasting and diets such as the 5:2 and 16:8 for example, require timed eating and calorie counting, while detox diet plans are a total shift in the way you consume nutrients.
'Make sure that you are eating a healthy and balanced diet, filled with vitamins and minerals, healthy fats, lean proteins, whole grain carbohydrates, and lots of vegetables and legumes, which will help to boost the body’s own cleaning process,' recommends Ernestam.
Mixed salad (watercress, baby spinach, mixed lettuce leaves, parsley, celery, garlic, chives, basil, tomato – with a dressing of 1/3 walnut oil, 1/3 olive oil, 1/3 cider vinegar and a teaspoon of Dijon mustard, sprinkled with sunflower seeds) 75g (3oz) boiled potatoes and trout stuffed with finely chopped parsley, onion, tomato and pine nuts, covered in thinly sliced lemon, baked in foil with a little olive oil.
Anecdotally, some people do report feeling healthier and more energised following a detox. However, this could be due to the lack of alcohol and processed foods in their diet, rather than being a sign of detoxification.
As Claire says, “ Many individuals report improvements in their feelings of wellbeing, reduced stress levels, increased energy, improvements in digestive functions, reduced brain fog, improved skin conditions and benefits with weight-loss.
Doesn’t your body detox itself anyway?