Hey everyone! So sorry I haven’t been writing! I know I keep saying that, but this time I’m going to definitely be able to start writing more because I graduate in a week!
I recently had a friend ask me to take a look at a nutrition cleansing system for her. I took a look at the site and sent her an email with my thoughts. She asked me to not reveal the name, but my feelings on it will apply to all cleansing systems so I thought I’d share the email with you guys:
Ok so I finally took a look for you.
I don’t want to tell you what to do, so this information is just meant to offer you what I know so that you can make an informed decision for yourself.
It worries me that they don’t say much about what it’s in each product on the website; I can’t really give a complete review of it without that. I can tell you that what they are saying about fasting and cleansing isn’t true. Many alternative medicine followers and spiritual leaders live by it and believe it to be beneficial for different reasons, but scientifically it isn’t necessary or safe. Our bodies are self-cleansing, so if you feel that you have built up “toxins”, you can simply change your diet to help rid yourself of them. Fiber and antioxidants that you get in fruits, veggies, and whole grains will help. The fiber helps rid your digestive tract and colon of dietary “toxins” and antioxidants counteract the free radicals that are caused by environmental pollutants that may harm your body. Both fiber and antioxidants can be found in everyday foods and so you don’t need a cleansing system to do it. That’s why I feel this would be a waste of money, but since you didn’t buy it that doesn’t really matter.
As far as safety is concerned, the only products that worry me are the ones that are basically laxatives. While taking those, your body isn’t absorbing the nutrients that the rest of the system claims to provide. The rest of the products, such as the meal replacement shakes, seem like any other system so they are probably OK (like I said, it doesn’t say much about what’s in them so I can’t know for sure). Other than the laxatives, the only safety concern I have is that you would be losing weight too quickly and not eating enough, thereby starving yourself.
As far as the claim to lose weight goes, losing weight too quickly isn’t good because once you stop the system, you will most likely gain it all back immediately and maybe even more. Losing weight is much more effective when done slowly (about 2 pounds a week), because then you are slowly changing habits at the same time, and it will become natural for your body to weigh less. This makes it much easier to maintain the weight after losing it as well. It’s also important to work out, including strength training. This is because when you lose weight, you’re not just losing fat, but you also lose muscle leaving more room to gain fat when you stop dieting. If you strength train, this can be prevented. If you do gain weight back plus more because of losing weight too quickly and not building muscle, it will be much much harder to lose it again.
In my opinion, if you’re going to use the products, I would recommend making up your own, healthier system. Other than the laxatives, certain individual products of the system might be beneficial, and safe, to add to your diet, like the meal replacements. I don’t know what the calories, fat, carbs, and protein are in the shakes, but if they are low in cals and fat, and high in protein they would be good after work-out snacks. If they are slightly higher in calories (like above 250), I’d recommend consuming one for breakfast and maybe one for lunch, but then eat a healthy dinner of actual food and 1 or 2 healthy snacks throughout the day (and I dont mean those “snack” pills on this system). I don’t recommend the laxatives at all. Even using the system this way, you will still lose a significant amount of weight (I’m assuming; like I said, I don’t know what it’s in the shakes), so I’d also recommend strength training like I mentioned before.
Again, this info isn’t to tell you what to do, just to keep you informed so that you can make your own decision. Hope it helped!
Even though I can’t reveal the name of this particular system, they are mostly the same. This one is actually better than most because it does provide nutrients instead of having you completely fast and cleanse your colon. I don’t endorse this one because it does contain laxatives, preventing your body from absorbing the nutrients it would otherwise provide. Your body does not need to detox or cleanse because it does it on its own. As far as losing weight goes, the bottom line is that you lose weight when you burn more calories than you consume, so of course you are going to lose a lot of weight on these systems. But I promise, you will gain it right back when you stop the cleansing. Not only are these systems not healthy for you, but they are a waste of money. As I said in the email, just eat lots of fruits, veggies, and whole grains, and also drink a lot of water. No need to spend a lot of money and risk your health in order to look beautiful, because you already are! 🙂
Have a good weekend!