Putting your best foot forward and doing some exercise is just one way to shed kilos gained over the festive season. A sensibl
Putting your best foot forward and doing some exercise is just one way to shed kilos gained over the festive season. A sensibl

Reality of detox diets



'TIS the season to be jolly. But how jolly are you when you get on the scales after the festive season?

Most people will put on about half a kilo over Christmas and then wonder what is the best way to slim down.

Time to get on that detox diet?

According to Choice magazine there is no scientific evidence to suggest that detox diets actually work, or that healthy bodies need any help to get rid of waste products.

While the latest detox diets promise instant weight loss, a firming of wobbly thighs, improved vitality and radiant skin, the reality is more likely to be tiredness, bad breath, weakness, nausea, headaches and a compromised immune system.

The liver, lungs, kidneys and skin are very capable of excreting waste regularly without the need for a once-ayear 'detox'.

While it seems that dairy is at the top of the detoxer's 'Don't go there' list experts agree that strict detox diets that avoid major food groups, such a dairy, can deprive people of essential nutrients. Ditching dairy is the last thing people should do if they are serious abut losing Christmas kilos.

Dairy Australia dietician Maree Garside said that people who avoid dairy foods can miss out on important nutrients and find it especially difficult to meet calcium needs.

"Many people are surprised to learn that dairy may help achieve their weight loss goals. An emerging body of research shows people who include three serves of dairy as part of a re- duced-calorie diet may lose more weight and body fat that those who avoid dairy foods," Ms Garside said.

"Dairy is also a hunger-buster. The protein in dairy can help promote feelings of fullness, for longer, which may reduce the urge to eat again so quickly or the amount con- sumed at the next meal. Milk and yoghurt also have a low glycaemic index.

"There's simply no need to get caught up in detoxing. To lose weight, exercise more, eat less and select a healthy, balanced diet consisting of foods from the main food groups, including three daily serves of dairy."



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