Myth or Fact: Cleansing/Detox diets are a good way to jump start my diet?

SORRY, BIG MYTH! There is little evidence to support that detox diets, such as The Master Cleanse, do much more than lead to unhealthy, unpleasant side effects. In fact, detox diets can actually do more harm than good as they lead to muscle breakdown and a shortage of some very important vitamins and minerals, which weakens our immune system and our ability to fight off infection.

In addition, most detox-type diets incorporate little to no protein, which are not only the basic building blocks of cells, but also a key ingredient to losing weight. Our body naturally cleanses itself through the kidneys and liver, so a diet that promises to “cleanse” really isn’t necessary.

Still not convinced? Detox diets can also make you feel lightheaded, lethargic and cranky – making you not so fun to be around (can anyone spell bad breath?).

My recommendation: “cleanse” your diet by introducing more whole fruits and vegetables and by avoiding refined carbohydrates such as white rice, white bread and sugar, which provide minimal nutrients and can be calorically-dense.