Guidelines to: Detox, Lose Weight and Become Fit

If you view Detox diets as a way of ‘clean eating,’ then it means eating more natural (organic and wild when possible) and less-processed foods.   Minimally processed foods are healthy and nutrient-rich and contain fewer chemicals. 

To clean up your eating, you want to focus on consuming lots of water, whole fruits, vegetables, fiber, lean protein, low-fat dairy, and whole grains.  

The best natural detox foods include: green leafy vegetables, lemons, watercress, green tea, broccoli sprouts, sesame seeds, cabbage, phylum (powdered fiber), and fruits.

If weight loss is your goal you need to consume 1,300 to 1,600 calories per day in order to both nourish your body and fuel your metabolism, so that you can safely lose up to 2 pounds a week. This is not calorie restrictive, it satisfies hunger, and can be followed long-term.  Choose foods that are higher in fiber and fluids. Get a minimum of 25 grams of fiber daily which will speed up transit time to relieve issues like constipation. 

In addition you want to be physically active for at least 30 minutes a day, every day.  It is advised that you diversify your week with a variety of: cardio and strength. 

Aerobic activity get’s your metabolism working and strength workouts build lean muscle.  Aerobic activity helps activate your metabolism to burn more calories. A pound of body fat equates to approximately 3500 calories. If you have a calorie deficit of 500 calories (meaning that you burn 500 calories more than you eat each day) you would lose approximately one pound per week. Strength workouts build muscle mass that will burn calories even at rest.  Lean Muscle tissue will burn seven to ten calories daily per pound while Fat burns two to three calories daily per pound. Replacing a pound of fat with a pound of muscle, therefore, helps you burn an additional four to six more calories each day.

So consider choosing a healthy diet plan that you can stick with long-term. Include a variety of: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean protein, beans, healthy fats, and plenty of fluids — along with regular physical activity to detox, lose weight and to become fit.