There is a lot of misinformation out there about weight loss. And there’s a lot of confusion about healthy practices. Let’s take water. You need it. It’s a good practice to stay hydrated throughout the day. But there’s no magic healthy amount. And there’s no magic additive for weight loss. Drink lemon water if you like it. Drink green tea if you like it. If you don’t just have a plain glass of water.
Cleanses – whether they are the cayenne and maple syrup type or the all juice type – are a dangerous form of extreme restriction. They are not magic – only a diet by another name.
According to Livestrong, the Master Cleanse is essentially a starvation crash diet that can cause fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and headaches. Not only that, but Livestrong says it can deprive your body of essential nutrients and lead to muscle loss. Registered dietitian Tanya Zuckerbrot told Reader’s Digest that, yes, you will likely lose weight at first, but “immediately after finishing a cleanse, people go back to their regular eating habits and inevitably gain their weight back.” Zuckerbrot also pointed out that juice cleanses have more sugar than several bowls of sweetened cereal.
You’ll be better off focusing on a supportive overall eating routine than trying to incorporate weight loss remedies that don’t work.