So, as ‘weight loss’ in itself is a very popular subject currently, it can be incredibly tempting to start a drastic regime in order to lose excess pounds quickly, without looking into how this could possibly detrimentally affect our health.
I am sure you have all seen the many faddy diets out there such as fat loss slimming pills, complete meal replacement products, cutting out major food groups as well as fasting cycles. The truth is, some of these crash diets can leave you with long term health deterioration such as a metabolic disease, increased weight gain (once you start eating again), candida overgrowth and even inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).1
What are the benefits to losing weight slowly?
Fat loss should be gradual so that it A; stays off long term and B; allows your body to excrete toxins without overloading your system.
When a person is overweight, especially when they have excess fat around the middle (adipose tissue), the fat usually holds onto toxins because the liver is unable to filter everything coming into the body. Therefore, when we then break down those fat stores, the toxins have to be released in order to be excreted.2 This is why losing fat slowly and carefully is more beneficial, in order to avoid adverse side effects of your body trying to deal with a sudden flood of toxins.
Why should we detox the body before we attempt to shed the extra padding?
Okay, so this is quite simple. If you put the wrong petrol into a car, would you just put the correct petrol in on top of the wrong one? Would the car be able to run like that? The likelihood is, the car would need to have the entire engine drained, cleaned and refilled with the correct petrol in order for it to work again. So now picture your body, desperately trying to get rid of built-up toxins, yet your liver is stagnant because it is overwhelmed by the rubbish coming in and not able to detoxify quickly enough to allow for its proper function. This has a knock on effect which forces the body to store the excess toxins in fat as a protective mechanism.3 This then makes it a lot more difficult to lose weight because your body is unsure whether it is safe to ‘let go’ of the stored toxins as the fat particles begin to break down.
What should we detox?
To begin with, one should always look at seeking the help of a professional to guide them through a gentle but effective GIT (gastro intestinal tract) detoxification protocol, so that the body is able to excrete toxins without reabsorbing them. If the intestines aren’t clean and clear, the stool can slow down which allows for toxins to make their back into the bloodstream through the gut wall.4
Once this major excretion pathway is clear, your focus should fall on the liver and kidneys. They will then be able to let go of the build-up of toxins which will release into the gut in order to be passed through the colon and out of the body.
The Amrita Easy Detox programme is a good place to start as it encourages the body to gently let go of stored toxins and includes a beautiful herbal concoction which is taken alongside a healthy eating regime. You will also receive a recipe booklet which is packed with healthy, nutritious and delicious recipes to get you started.
Working your way through the bodies’ natural excretion pathways, gently detoxifying and ‘cleaning’ as you go, will allow for an easier weight and fat loss journey. Your body will be able to let go of excess pounds as it won’t feel overloaded with toxins. This then allows your fat to be broken down more easily resulting in long term health and eventually, reaching your ideal weight.
With love & light,
Naturopathic Nutritionist, Holistic Practitioner, Reiki Master and Crystal Healer, UK
References / Credits:
1 Healthy Hints (2019). 7 reasons why crash dieting kills your metabolism. https://healthyhints.com/crash-dieting-and-metabolism (Accessed: Saturday 13th July 2019)
2 Dr Kim, B (2012). A no-nonsense look at toxins and how your body deals with them. http://drbenkim.com/toxins-cleansing-detoxing.htm (Accessed: Saturday 13th July 2019)
3 Fraser, C (2017). Toxins Stored In Your Fat Cells Make You Fatigued and Swollen. Here’s How To Flush Them Out! https://livelovefruit.com/toxins-stored-in-fat-cells-and-how-to-detox/ (Accessed: Sunday 14th July 2019)
4 Pizzorno, J (2014). Toxins from the gut. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4566437/ (Accessed: Sunday 14th July 2019)