Recently, I was in a waiting room listening to a conversation about doing the Lemon Cleanse. I’ve heard it called other names but, this is the one where you drink water with lemon, honey and cayenne pepper. As a personal trainer this conversation was incredibly frustrating to me. If I hadn’t been called out for my appointment I would have jumped in with my two cents. Although maybe it was better I didn’t get the chance!
The two women who had tried cleanses were significantly overweight which means they are probably not doing what they should to take care of their health on a regular basis. The thing that was so frustrating to me is that they’re talking about this cleanse as if it’s the solution to their issues with their health and weight. The truth is that no cleanse in the world is going to solve the real problem.
It’s not that there is anything necessarily wrong with doing a cleanse or a detox. They can be a good way to jump start your fitness program. They can help you break your current bad patterns of eating. They can help to get you ready psychologically for a new way of living. They immediately remove all the junk from your diet and reduce your calorie intake.
The problem is not with the detox itself, although I’m sure some of them are not good for you. The problem is the misunderstanding and the misinformation that tends to surround these cleanse regimens. People think that the cleanse is doing something magic to their bodies, cleaning out all the bad stuff and making them pure and healthy. They think the ingredients in these cleanse concoctions is a magic elixir with super healing (and slimming) power.
The only reason a cleanse does …Continue Reading