Many people think that after you complete a detox program, you will lose a significant amount of weight.
Well, maybe it happens for some, but definitively not to all of us.
I completed a 21 day detox program. This was the first time I’ve done a detox, but I decided to give it a try and see how it felt. I’m really not a big believer in detoxing. I’m really not sure how much it really helps your body…
Many people who have done a detox program talked about how much weight they lost and how much better they felt after the first few days of being in the program and after completing it.
My experience was definitively different, let me explain why…
I really didn’t lose any significant amount of weight.
I did notice a three pounds weight loss after the first week, but the weight loss disappeared afterward. When I got myself on the scale in the second week, I have gained back the three pounds I initially lost and was back to my original weight.
So not much of detox and weight loss for me.
Regarding feeling better and more energized as I’ve been told, well reality is that I didn’t feel much different from how I typically feel. I generally feel good and energized. What I did notice was that I felt extremely tired on the first two days after starting the cleansing, but then my energy went back to my baseline.
Now, it’s possible that I didn’t notice much difference with the detox and weight loss because I’m already at my ideal weight, except for a few pounds fluctuation from time to time.
There have been stories of people who have been overweight that report losing several pounds when on the detox program, but that was not my experience.
In respect to the energy level, maybe I didn’t notice much difference because since I eat pretty healthy for the most part, the change in diet wasn’t that significant. I suspect that if I would have been eating tons of refined carbohydrates, and fat that I would feel better after changing the diet, but that was not the case for me, as my diet really didn’t change that much.
Some people talk about the benefits of detox on their allergies, as you have to eliminate nuts, and other foods considered allergenic. I didn’t notice much different in that department either. I regularly do a sinus rinse in the mornings, followed by a holistic nasal spray, and from time to time have to take an allergy pill. That continued to be true even during the detox and after eliminating the “allergenic foods”.
You might be wondering what type of detox program I did.
For the first 10 days I only ate vegetables and fruits with fiber supplements and a colon cleanse. There was not a significant change in my bowels habit during that time. Maybe because my digestive system is very regular. The only two things I noticed in this first part, as I mentioned, were a temporary weight loss of three pounds and the two days of feeling drained.
After the initial ten days, I was able to add meat and fish to the diet. By doing this, I was able to cut back on the fruits, so that was a plus because I felt I was ingesting too much sugar. On day number 11, I continued taking the fiber, stopped the bowel cleanse and started a supplement for liver detox.
In addition to the supplements, I was taking one to two protein shakes a day. I found it easier to have two daily protein shakes in the first 10 days when I was not eating meat or fish, but not when I started eating those.
The benefits of the detox and weight loss: well I can’t tell much difference but maybe the fact that I did get tired the first two days, meant that in reality my body was going through some kind of cleansing.
The downsides of the detox program: no significant weight loss in my case, no changes in my allergies, no significant change on my energy levels, had to cut down on the amount and intensity of workouts (they recommend you don’t do intense exercise). I felt like I was eating too many fruits therefore ingesting more sugar, and also felt like I was eating more than I typically do.
So that was my experience with detox and weight loss.
Would I ever do another 21 days detox program? The answer is I don’t know, but I’m inclined to say No! 🙂
If you have done any detox program in the past, what have been your experience? Feel free to share in the comments section.
Update: Total weight loss in 21 days 1.5 pounds, nothing to brag about. 🙂