Cleanses, Diets and Detoxes, Oh My: Six Things to Know Before You Start

Sep 3, 2018 | Nutrition

The U.S. weight loss market is expected to be a $70  billion industry by the end of 2018. That’s a lot of money considering 96-99% of all people who lose weight on a weight loss diet gain it back.  And with thousands of programs, shakes, pills, books and gadgets to choose from, it can be a teensy bit overwhelming.
So, if you want to lose weight but you don’t want to be part of this heart-sinking statistic, what’s a human to do?
Ditch the short-term quick-fix diet.

The word “diet”, aside from having a negative, fix-what’s-wrong-with-me societal association includes an industry overrun with artificial food, calorie restriction and intense physical exercise–activities that are rarely sustainable or healthy. A long-term approach is less dogmatic, more forgiving and very much about lifestyle. It’s about creating new habits. It’s about self-discovery. And while some rules are helpful–a good program will help you eventually tune into your bodily wisdom for the long-term.

Pay attention to program structure.

This is huge. Why people succeed or fail with a program has little to do with the actual information and more to do with the structure. Ask yourself this: Are you a baker or a chef? Baking is a chemistry—it is precise, all about order and very organized. No wiggle room. Bakers like strict rules and instructions. Cooking, is often more loosely structured. A dash of that, a bit of this—with freedom to change the recipe. Cooks prefer concepts instead of details. You’ll find that cleanses and detoxes tend to fall into one of these two categories. And if you pick what’s best for you, you’re much more likely to have a good experience.  In this podcast Dr Andy Galpin can tell you more.

Know the truth.

Everyone claims their way is the best way to eat. That they alone have the magic formula to melt away pounds. That’s marketing. And it’s not going away. But let’s face it, there are a few universal truths agreed upon by  all experts regardless of their strategy. Sugar, excess dairy, poor quality carbohydrates and processed foods are all pretty bad for you.

One size does not fit all.

Experimentation is the key to finding out what works for you.  Once you’ve gotten comfortable with a program, continue experimenting.  Add food groups and see how you feel. Remove food groups and see what happens. Remember that you’ve —something you hated five years ago might be more palatable today. Ultimately, you are your own best expert. Remember this acronym: ABT Always Be Testing.

There’s more to health than just food.  

Knowing what to eat is only half the puzzle.  How you eat and when you eat play a huge role in your weight-loss success. Stress, sun exposure, sleep and work-life balance all play a big role.

Start slowly.

Maybe you’re chomping at the bit to start something. But by easing your way in, you’re more likely to maintain momentum. Transformation, like life, is a marathon, not a sprint. Prepare yourself mentally and physically. Start with education. Set up a goal or reward sheet. Get groceries and find some recipes. Talk to partners and loved ones about how they can support you.

Change is never easy, but getting educated on what’s out there is a good start. We know you can do it. And we can help.
Julie Ralston

Primal. health Coach