Detoxification ("detox") diets and procedures allegedly purge the body of chemicals and toxins -- and, for some, are a means to lose weight. Most detox diets promote herbs, pills, potions, colonics, and/or fasts to rid the body of impurities. The diets are very low in calories. Experts say such diets deprive the body of protein and fluids, lead to dehydration, headaches and fatigue, and may lower metabolism. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how detoxification diets and procedures work, the risks and benefits of detoxification diets and procedures, and much more.
Although fasting has been practiced for thousands of years, it's still a subject of intense medical debate. WebMD consulted experts on weight loss and fasting for answers.