Am I making a cleanse mistake?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@dreamer1288:  What kind of cleanse is it? Is there no recommendation for how often you should do it?

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

@dreamer1288:  Even doing 1 “cleanse” is a mistake.  All they are are very very low calorie diets.  There is nothing beneficial about doing one.  Sure you lost 7 lbs (more then likely all water weight), but you are also screwing your metabolism.  There is no scientific evidence that the cleanses do anything other then cleanse your pocket book of unneeded money.

 

What are you hoping to gain?  If it is weight loss, then eat 100% clean and work out.  Even if you lose weight you will gain it all back (usually and then some due to decreased metabolism) as soon as you start eating normally.

 

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@andielovesj:  +1

I wouldn’t do it, especially within two months of each other. Is it just to lose 5 pounds for some sort of event or are you hoping to keep the weight off?

Even gentle cleansers I wouldn’t do because like PP said it screws with your metabolism.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

@dreamer1288

Well I don’t see how starving yourself which is all a cleanse is (with a few added herbs, which they probably don’t even tell you what they are, they usually don’t) is going to help. 

If you are that healthy, maybe focus on health, versus weight.  Perhaps you are aiming for something that isn’t possible for your body.

Also try switching up your workouts.  If you do long distance running, try doing sprint training.  If you lift for weight, lift a lighter weight for muscular endurance. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

@dreamer1288:  If it’s just an extra supplement, then I really don’t see how it will do anything.  A vegan diet is usually quite high in fibre from all the vegetables, so I don’t see really any benefit of extra fibre but it’s probably harmless.  So that really leaves you the “herbs”  No herbs will make you loose 5 pounds.  None.

I would be doing a lot of research into what is in the “herbs”.  Given that it is an unregulated industry in N. America.  I doubt there is anything clinical about it.

Most “cleanses” (and yours doesn’t sound much like a cleanse but rather a supplement) do not cleanse anything.  If you are eating healthy (and consuming enough calories) and exercising, and still not at an ideal weight then shake up the work outs, get a trainer for a period to really push you.  If you are doing all that and not meeting your goal, re-evaluate your goal. 

The diet industry is a huge industry, and “cleanses” are just another fad in the industry.  I bet if you actually reseach what the actual herbs are (if you can even find out, which I find unlikely) you won’t find any evidence to support their use in weight loss.

If cleanses or these suplements had any effect, the pharmaceutical industry would have patented them and be making 100000000000000’s of dollars selling them to combat the continental weight problem

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@dreamer1288:  You can safely do an herbal cleanse twice within 6 months of you give yourself enough time in between.    As long as you stick to a healthy diet without starving yourself, it helps remove toxins from your organs such as pesticides,  toxins in the air,  etc.  You can also lose waste pounds,  meaning any junk hanging out in your colon.   It can also help with water weight.   Once toxins are removed that in turn can help boost your metabolism.   Whenever you do a cleanse make sure you get plenty of fiber in your diet because it acts as a sponge and helps absorb and remove toxins,  as well as creating bulk when you use the bathroom.  It will not flush out fat though.   

ETA:  By the way,  you do realize that by working out so much that you are gaining muscle so what the scale says might be a result of muscle weight which is a good thing!

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@andielovesj:  +100 to everything you’ve said. This sounds like a sham.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@andielovesj:  Just an FYI, the FDA is trying to eventually shut down the supplement industry because they can’t make $$ off it.  They want to make it where you have to be prescribed things like multivitamins.  They already have a prescription fish oil,  niacin, milk thistle ( which is a liver cleanse found in OTC cleanses)  etc.  It’s only a matter of time. 

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