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Detox diets are often used as a fast way to lose weight. Wanting to sport flat tummies in their gorgeous red carpet gowns, many celebrities like Beyonce, Oprah and Gwyneth Paltrow, have made detoxing a popular fad.

To this point,  just the other day I got a call from a woman who said, “I thought your Quickie program was another Hollywood detox until I learned from a friend that you are for real!”

So, what’s the scoop – is detoxing just another weight loss gimmick or does it really hold some merit in the world of nutrition and healthy eating?  It depends on what type of detox we are talking about.  A whole foods detox, which aims for proper nourishment and liver cleansing, is best and most certainly has benefits way beyond losing a few pounds fast.

One of the things a detox does is eliminate processed foods including sugar, gluten and dairy allowing us to break free from those foods or chemicals that typically hold a tight grip on us, whether or not we know it.

Just think about this:  Have you ever wanted to break a habit but simply couldn’t get yourself to do it on your own no matter how hard you tried?   Being a former sugar addict myself, I can totally relate to that hooked and helpless feeling.  That is exactly what motivated me to create my detox plan five years ago.

Actually when I first started my health coaching practice, even though clients were asking me to run one, I resisted creating a detox program.  My fear was that people would use it as a weekend diet to lose a few pounds then revert right back to their old habits.  What I really wanted was to help people tune in to their bodies and feel, really feel, how various foods were affecting them and ultimately guide and support them to jump start healthier habits that stick.

After seeing the transformation that occurs with so many people during my detox program, I began to endorse detoxing more and more.  Even if it is just used as a reset or jumpstart – that believe me we all need several times a year – the benefits are still phenomenal.

Whether or not you have a sweet tooth, breaking bad habits is one of the biggest benefits of a detox  because it increases confidence and creates a fresh start with a long term healthier lifestyle.  A detox is not only incredibly empowering, but it is one of the easiest steps you can do to improve how you feel within even just three short days.

Here are five noticeable benefits to doing a detox beyond what you will see on the scale:

  1. reduce belly bloating
  2. sharpen mental focus and stamina
  3. clear glowing skin
  4. reduce pain and inflammation
  5. restful sleep and increased energy

The thing is that sometimes we don’t know how badly we feel until we feel better.  So even if you think you are healthy, a detox may kick start a whole new normal, and who doesn’t want to feel their very best?  Grab a friend or sister and do it together.  It is one of the best gifts you can ever give yourself!