Body Cleanses: The Skinny

January 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm 4 comments

What are cleanses?

I’m not sure if body cleanses are as popular where you live as there are in my area of the globe. Every few months (or weeks) I hear someone talking about doing a new cleanse. The dedication to the craziest “food” (not sure that some of the things they use actually count as food) has always caused me to ask incredulously what they are gaining from this (sure that it must be something amazing, like solid gold magical baby fairies, to warrant putting something so questionable in their bodies.) They explain to me the science behind the madness. According to cleanse worshippers, body cleanses offer the double benefit of cleaning your body of the toxins that build up over time

Raw ingredients as well as safe, rapid weight loss. When questioned further, they tell me that of course the weight loss is great, but it is getting rid of dangerous toxins that really keeps them coming back. It is important to help flush all those harmful things out of your body.


I have admirably tried to restrain my skepticism thus far, doing my best to give a fair, (mostly) unbiased view of what body cleanse proponents believe. Now the incredulity will be released. I was, of course, dubious upon first hearing the explanation given. After all, having studied weight loss for a while (many times it really is the overwieght who know most about weight loss. After all, we’ve studied it for years trying to find the key that will bring our success) and this went against all that I had read about losing slowly and safely. So I went digging. I looked into these magic cleanses to see what others were saying about them. Research did nothing to alleviate my doubts. In fact, my doubts were completely confirmed to be true.

The Skinny

Basically, cleanses are not only unnecesary but also in some cases downright dangerous. Here are some things that I found:

1. Your body is self-cleansing. It does not need your sadly incompetent attempts to help it run better. You have been designed to care for yourself, even when it comes to toxins in the body. I mean, you have whole organs devoted to detoxification (kidney, liver.) “Your digestive system and bowel naturally eliminate waste material and bacteria — your body doesn’t need colon cleansing to do this,” says Michael F. Picco, M.D. Unless you are missing one of those organs, you are fine. Lemon juice and cayenne pepper are not going to do anything that organic machines assigned to cleansing can’t do.Your flailing endeavors to detox your body make about as much of an impact as devoting a dollar to the “Finance Bill Gates” fund.

2. You aren’t losing fat. What people really like about many of the fad body cleanses are the fast weight loss. Who wouldn’t love that. Waiting to lose weight sucks! But most people would agree that they really want to get rid of fat, and body cleanses don’t do much in the fat area. When you do an extreme body cleanse, you are mostly losing two things: water weight and muscle. And you really don’t want to lose either of those. Your body is 60% water. That doesn’t mean that you can stand to lose a few percents. You need that water to function well. Among other adverse side affects, losing the water that your body needs will cause you to burn fat less efficiently, which can lead to weight gain. I don’t need to explain why that is bad. And if possible, losing muscle is even worse for your cause. Muscle takes more calories to maintain, just by living. If you lose muscle, you will actually need fewer calories to keep up your current weight, which means that when you go back to eating normal, you will be able to eat less before you start gaining weight. This means it will be easier to gain more of the fat that you didn’t get rid of with your cleanse in the first place. Talk about adding insult to injury!


Experts say that if you really want to help cleanse your body of toxins, the best way to do it is to eat healthily. Choosing to put things like whole food fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats in your mouth will cause your body to run at its most efficient. It is like giving a vehicle the premiun gasoline. But this has to be a lifstyle and not a tw0-week “cleanse my body then go right back to feeding it crap” diet that these quick cleanses actually are. Basically, as frustrating as it is to hear (again,) the best way to lose weight healthily is good old-fashioned diet and exercise.,2933,214802,00.html


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. wartica  |  January 8, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I totally agree; it’s all about what you’re putting inside of your body that counts. Every time I would regress into bad eating habits, I would always feel totally lousy afterwards. My mind, body and spirit would always take the brunt of my poor eating choices. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to connecting more:))

    • 2. skinnygirlrobbins  |  January 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Yes, I have had those times where it feels like I have coated the entire inside of my body with slime. It is not fun!

  • 3. rockafellaskank  |  January 8, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I agree…. and I think there are more and more articles now, debunking the ‘cleanse’ notion. (Or any fad / quick-fixes!)


    • 4. skinnygirlrobbins  |  January 10, 2012 at 9:46 am

      Sadly, though, people will continue to do them. The draw of quick weight loss is just too appealing.


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