Almost on a weekly basis, I have someone ask my opinion on cleanses. I almost always have the immediate reaction of “NO!” Most cleanses that people try are referring to drinking teas or juices for meals, whether it’s for a day, a week, or a month. By drinking these concoctions, they are hoping to lose a few pounds, but in reality they will not be losing weight that will stay off–a majority of weight lost will be only water weight. In order to set things straight, I think everyone should take a minute to remember what the definition of “cleanse” is: to make clean. A cleanse will most certainly help rid your body of waste that doesn’t belong in your body.; cleanse does not mean “lose weight.”
I think there is a place for whole foods cleanses, particularly after a vacation where rich foods and high amounts of alcohol may have been consumed. However, these cleanses should still include actual foods, not just liquids. Go for a week of eating whole fruits, vegetables, and plant fats/proteins, rather than drinking only green juice for a week. The foods are going to provide you with more fiber and vitamins than juice alone.