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Many people have the goal of weight loss for the new year and think that a cleanse may be beneficial in kickstarting that process.  But, are cleanses all that they’re cracked up to be?

Cleanses are, generally speaking, a very restrictive diet that is done for a very short period of time, thought to aid in detoxing the body of any accumulated junk and quicken weight loss.  And sure, you will certainly experience weight loss while only consuming liquids or very low calories for multiple days in a row, but consider these effects.

  1. Cleanses may slow your metabolism. You may notice quick weight loss to begin with but drastically cutting calories can actually harm your metabolism, resulting in slower weight loss long-term. 
  2. Cleanses cause you to miss out on key nutrients such as healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and proteins because of their restrictive nature.
  3. Cleanses may result in headaches, fatigue, difficulty thinking, moodiness, stomach pain and hunger pangs. These are not symptoms of a healthy, well-balanced diet.
  4. Cleanses may encourage people to punish themselves for overindulging on treats. It’s okay to treat yourself every once in awhile!
  5. There is no scientific evidence to back to the positive effects cleanses claim to yield.
  6. Cleanses can be expensive! Think about how much wholesome food you could buy for the same $75 that bottled juice cleanses cost per day! 

Your body will thank you for consuming a well-balanced, healthy, whole food diet in the New Year

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