Detoxification and weight loss: My take
I was asked whether detoxification is an essential part of a weight loss program and I have my personal view on this.
Detoxification is a way of removing harmful toxins (chemicals) from the body and for the purposes of weight loss, using detox diet plans, supplements (pills, herbs, powders), hydrotherapy/enemas etc. They work primarily by increasing frequency of bowel movements and urination. Though there have been claims that detoxification aid weight loss, there has not been any scientific back up to these claims.
I personally believe it is mostly a fad and also an opportunistic way of gaining clients and making money from people very desperate to lose weight. The body already has organs that also function to remove toxins: kidneys, liver, lymph nodes, skin etc. Remember that drugs are also toxins on their own and so you are overwhelming the body with more toxins instead of clearing it.
Detox diet plans are usually low calorie fasting with the addition of little amounts of fruits, veggies, water and supplements. They are often recommended on short-term basis as long term use can result in nutrient deficiencies, dehydration, fatigue and some other health problems. This to me is a yo-yo approach as the tendency to gain all the weight lost and more is high once you stop the program. Always bear in mind that weight loss is not a quick fix and so life style modification is the basis. Eat healthier; small but frequent meals and exercise.
However I must end by saying, to each his own. The above view is my personal opinion and so whichever works for you, go with it; but in everything you do always ensure the risks do not outweigh the benefits.
Keep well, stay active and please share.