Today I will be sharing 5 reasons why your detox is not working and how to fix it. Make sure you read the entire piece because I have a very special surprise for you at the end!
I remember the first time I learned about “detoxing.”
While browsing Instagram, I saw a post promoting a detox tea that promised to help you lose weight, while cleansing your organs of toxins.
My initial reaction was a big DUH! Not so much to the detox part, but more to the weight loss part. If you stop eating for a few days and only drink non-sugary drinks your body by design will begin to shed the pounds.
No surprise there.
However, they don’t tell you that just because you lose weight, doesn’t mean it won’t come back as soon as you start eating, especially if you aren’t eating clean.
But I was very intrigued about the detoxing part. So after doing lots of research, I’ve decided to host my very first IAHFJanuary Detox Challenge. It is free, and you should join me. If you want to know the details, keep reading! But first, let’s begin with the root of all evil, TOXINS.
In 2010 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted the Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, their findings were pretty disturbing.
On average, the CDC’s report found 212 chemicals in people’s blood or urine, 75 of which had never before been measured in the U.S. population. The chemicals included:
- Acrylamide (formed when foods are baked or fried at high temperatures, and as a byproduct of cigarette smoke)
- Arsenic, found in many home-building products
Environmental phenols, including bisphenol A (found in plastics, food packaging, and epoxy resins) and triclosan (used as an antibacterial agent in personal care products such as toothpaste and hand soap)
- Perfluorochemicals, used in waterproofing, and other protective coatings on clothes, furniture, and household items
- Phthalates, found in plastic, fragrances, and detergents
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers, used in fire retardants found in consumer products such as mattresses
- Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, used in combustion products (coal – burning stoves, furnaces, gas water heaters) found in individuals living in urban areas
- Volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), found in paints, air fresheners, cleaning products, cosmetics, upholstery fabrics, carpets, dry-cleaned clothing, wood preservatives, and paint strippers
The entire list of chemicals can burden the human body, and according to the CDC, they can accumulate in your body’s blood, urine, and tissue.
While your body does actually have detoxification organs (your liver and kidney) that can process many of these chemicals and toxins, they can potentially cause medical problems if your liver and kidneys are not functioning properly or are overburdened with a poor diet.”
— Ben Greenfield, Fitness Expert
So why is your Instagram detox not working?
First, we need more evidence to prove that all these Instagram detoxes work, I’ve never tried them so I can’t speak to that. What is clear, is that if you eat better, your organs will perform better, and get rid of toxins faster.
Second, it focuses on temporary changes not long term. Instead of focusing on temporary fixes, you should change your eating habits and add more fruits and vegetables to your diet.
The reason why people love detoxes is the same reason why they hate them. They are quick, short-term fixes. If you are going to nail this whole healthy living thing, you have to stop focusing on quick and begin focusing on long-term changes.
Third, it does not follow the 80/20 rule. Instead of devoting three days to starving yourself, use that time to add more fruits and veggies to your meals. Follow the 80/20 rule. Aim for 80% fruits and vegetables and 20% everything else. You can also use those three days to take something unhealthy out of the equation. Remember, you have to change your lifestyle, the minute you go back to old habits you will see old results.
Fourth, you do not commit. Detoxes are all about commitment. You have to stick to the plan to see the results you want. You cannot expect your detox to work if you are not consistent.
Fifth, you do not have a support system. I know it is very important to have the right support system to succeed, I learned this the hard way after I moved back from Honduras. That’s why you need a tribe to hold you down and keep you pushing. If you are struggling with your detox, grab your friends and do it as a team it will make your detox easier and more fun!
If you need guidance, you should join the IAHF Detox Challenge.
IAHF Detox Challenge
The IAHF Detox Challenge will teach you how to detox your body by eating more foods and vegetables. The challenge’s main focus is to give your body a break from processed foods and foods that aren’t prepared in a healthy way.
You will walk away with a thorough understanding of how certain foods make your body feel and why removing them is strongly beneficial to your health. The goal is to learn how to help our organs detox your bodies by focusing on what you eat.
What’s in it for you?
- Free Meal Prep Plan for 7 days.
- Free Recipes for 7 days. Yes, I am talking breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
- Free 7 Day Exercise Plan. We will cover cardio, strength training and stretches with no equipment needed.
- Free Access to our closed FB group for support and accountability.
- Free consultation with Yenory to discuss your health goals.
- Daily giveaways!
What are the rules?
- No alcohol: Yes, that includes wine.
- No rice, pasta or bread: These are processed, and we want to focus on eating foods that are not processed.
- No sugary drinks: I am talking about soda, juice (unless is freshly squeezed), no teas (unless they are homemade).
What are the dates?
The next challenge starts April 17th!
Ready to join us?
I hope that you go on this journey with me. How do you prepare for the second quarter of the year? Tell me all about it in the comments section. Can’t join us?
Sign up closes April 12th, 2017.