Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Dietary Cleanse : A New Way to Get Fat? 
   by Bob Wells

Courtesy: Reuters
Our obsession with the lifestyles of the rich and famous has us emulating their behaviors, and purchasing whatever products they promote. So when celebrities such as Salma Hayek, pictured right, swear by cleanses as a “wonderful way to hit the RESET button” and peel off pounds, we naturally rush to sign up for them.

We have no regard to the physical and psychological stresses that we are placing on our bodies willingly forgoing food for days or weeks at a time. We are so eager to be like celebrities and to look like them that we give no real thought to the efficacy, or to the detriment of such measures. We simply want to shed pounds and look and feel great, which cleanses claim to provide.

Heather Bauer, R.D
However, cleanses are usually little more than an expensive way to test your mental fortitude. The claims of weight loss are dubious. Heather Bauer, R.D of New York City says that any weight loss from these so-called cleanses usually doesn’t last. Further, they can actually make you gain weight.

Since most of the weight lost comes from water and the catabolization (destruction) of lean muscle. The loss of muscle tissue will result in a lower metabolism (how many calories your body burns) and make it easier to store fat in the future since you are changing your body composition to a higher percent of fat.

For those whose primary concern is detoxification, a cleanse can be a great way to separate you from your money. Dr. Adrienne Youdim, the medical director of the Weight Loss Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles finds nothing healthy about these cleanses.

Dr. Youdim explains, “the body actually has a very intricate way of detoxing on its own. Our liver is designed to clear toxins out of the body. Our kidneys are designed to clear toxins out of the body. Our gastrointestinal tract itself has mechanisms to clear toxins from the body. There really isn't any reputable science to suggest that there is any health benefit to cleanses".

Courtesy: BizzieGold.com
Although a dietary cleanse may have some psychological benefits, the best way to peel off the pounds and look and feel great is through a smart and sensible workout and diet regimen. For great workouts and training ideas, check out the archive on the right or the workout that Los Angeles based trainer Bizzie Gold created. Gold, pictured right, is a celebrity trainer that invented BUTI, a fitness program that incorporates yoga, plyometrics, and dance. Her workout is featured in the August edition of SELF magazine.

For more great advice on nutrition, check out these tips by Heather Bauer, or Sculpting the Perfect Body: One Bite at a Time.

Happy and healthy eating!

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