You may have considered a juice cleanse or some other kind of detox as a good way to start the year off fresh, but as we warned in our article on New Year’s resolutions you shouldn’t make, this kind of extreme approach is hard to maintain, and it’s also unlikely to really help you lose weight. However, the idea of going back to basics by nourishing your body with nutritious food and plenty of water definitely is a good idea. Here we explain how to detox the right way in order to reset your body and prepare for a healthy year ahead, with even more weight loss success!

Why Detox?

A poor diet or fast-paced lifestyle can leave you feeling physically and mentally drained. Then there’s the weight gain or difficulty losing weight, a grey complexion, under eye bags and shadows, facial spots or unexplained fatigue - all signs that you need to take a step back and focus on you. A detox can be a great way to eliminate the things which are causing you these problems, and January seems the perfect time for a fresh start after the excess of the holidays, but, if you are thinking of detoxing then there are right ways and wrong ways to go about it.

How Not To Detox

There’s no need to supplement the meals and snacks you would normally eat with juices or special green smoothies to cleanse your body, because in reality your body does a very good job of cleansing itself. The liver and kidneys are the body’s own detoxification system, and they don’t need the help of juice to do their job. In fact, juices are inadequate in protein, essential fatty acids and fiber, which are all essential to help keep you feeling full and ensure that your body is healthy and nourished. The lack of protein is particularly worrying as the body is forced to use protein from muscles and organs. So, intending to cleanse the body of toxins can actually have the undesired effect of contributing to losing muscle mass, which then slows down metabolism and results in making weight loss more difficult in the long term. You also shouldn’t resort to any fad diets or plans which drastically limit the range of foods you can eat – a healthy diet is a varied diet full of color and flavor, so no need to ban all your favorites or slurp cabbage soup for the next week.

How To Detox The Right Way

So, now you know how not to detox, just follow these great tips instead:

1. Say ‘No’ To Alcohol

Not only does alcohol have a lot of calories, but it’s shown to cause poor dietary choices (as you might have found during the holidays when you were unable to resist treats after a glass or two of eggnog). Alcohol is also a depressant, which means it can depress your motivation to exercise, and also suppresses the functions of the liver for up to three days as it limits your body’s ability to burn fat and build muscle by stopping the liver from processing food into energy. So, try to cut down your alcohol intake and you should see the benefits on the scale straight away!

2. Dry Brush Your Skin

Brush your skin in upward motions towards your heart to encourage better circulation and also to reduce the appearance of cellulite, so that your skin looks better too. After your shower, be sure to moisturize thoroughly, especially in winter, and you’ll be glowing with health from head to toe in no time.

3. Cut Down On Coffee

You might think that coffee gives you energy, but in reality it’s just a temporary fix which leaves you needing more and more each time, aka, an addiction. Ever spoken to someone who doesn’t like coffee to see what they do if they’re feeling tired during the day? You’ll get answers like, go outside for some fresh air stretch, or drink more water – they all sound a lot healthier to us! A little caffeine each day has been shown to increase weight loss, but too much can cause bloating, low energy and insomnia, so stick to no more than two cups each day and you should find yourself feeling much brighter and lighter! Coffee has also been shown to increase the acidity of your body’s pH balance, which can slow down weight loss, so a better option for an energy boost is our weight loss supplement Phen Caps. Phen Caps combine a small amount of caffeine as well as theobromine and many other active ingredients to get you motivated and suppress appetite, meaning an even better chance of weight loss this year!

4. Cut Down On Processed Foods

When you next go to the grocery store, make it your objective to have as many single-ingredient whole foods as possible, and fewer of the packets and jars that contain ready-made meals, sauces, and soups. Aim for an array of fresh fruit and vegetables, legumes, lean meat and fish, nuts, olive oil, herbs and spices and transform these healthy nutritious foods into your own delicious recipes. Focusing more on preparing your own home-cooked meals will help you to avoid the hidden dangers found in many processed foods, meaning you’re more in control of what enters your body. When it comes to packaged foods like bread, pasta, milk, yogurt, cheese, rice and cereal, try to assess what it’s giving you in terms of fiber, protein, calcium etc. versus the amount of sugar, trans fats, salt and other weight loss enemies. This way, you’ll see that the less-processed, non-low-fat, unsweetened and whole grain options will always win out.

5. Get Your Vitamins

Detoxing isn’t just about just cutting things out from your lifestyle, you also need make sure that you’re getting all the important nutrients needed for your body to function at its best. Without these crucial nutrients your metabolism will run slower and your body won’t be able to process food into energy as well as it should, meaning burning fat is more difficult. Eating a variety of fresh whole foods will help to boost your vitamin count, but when you’re cutting calories and trying to eat clean, it can be difficult to get all the nutrients your body needs, which is why it’s a great idea to incorporate Phen Vites into your daily routine. Vitamin C is especially important as it helps your body produce glutathione, a liver compound that drives away toxins.

6. Drink More Water

While you’re detoxing, water is your best friend. Be sure to always have a bottle with you and aim to drink around two liters a day. Water helps to flush out water weight and the other toxins that build up and cause a sluggish system and slowed-down metabolism. You’ll also benefit from clearer skin and stronger hair and nails, so you’ll radiate health from the inside out. But, for an even better way to detox your body, add Phen Drink to your eight glasses a day; Phen Drink contains green tea catechins and EGCG to boost metabolism and chamomile to sooth and help reset your body’s natural toxin-fighting systems. And if soda is your weakness, Phen Drink can help you kick your habit; Phen Drink is sugar-free, carb-free, and calorie-free, but unlike diet soda, Phen Drink is naturally sweetened with lo han fruit and stevia, giving you the sweet taste of soda but without the artificial flavors and colors.

7. Sweat It Out!

The best way to get those toxins out of your system is to sweat them out with exercise. Exercising for around half an hour a day or more at a high enough intensity to get you sweating and get your heartbeat up will boost your health no end. What’s more, exercise has been shown to boost mood, reduce stress, improve sleep, and increase body confidence and self-esteem - all of which can help to detox your mind, which can also be a barrier to weight loss.

Are you ready to detox this January? Let us know the changes you’re making to improve health and boost weight loss by commenting below!