Detox Diets: Cleansing the Body.
Juice Up Your Health
Not Great For Weight Loss
Just don't look at water fasts or juice diets as a weight-loss solution. As with the
Atkins diet, restricting carbohydrates causes you to lose weight -- but
you'll gain it all back, says Dillard. "You're losing water in your
Juice diets do prevent your body from going into a state called
ketosis, he says. Ketosis means your body has no carbohydrates to burn for
energy, so it has to burn stored fat or whatever else is available, he tells
WebMD. "You feel bad, even smell bad. That's what makes you feel like hell
during a [water-only] fast. But is that because the toxins are coming out? No!
You're going into ketosis. It's known physiology."
"There's nothing wrong with going on a juice fast for a few
days," he says. "But it's not a great way to lose weight, because
you'll gain it all back -- you yo-yo. It's just like the Atkins diet. The
weight you lose is water weight."
Eating less -- that's definitely known to extend life, Dillard
says. "The only reliable way to extend the lifespan of a mammal is
under-nutrition without malnutrition. Studies show that if you cut back
on 60% of the calories mice eat, they will live almost twice as long with much
"The old-fashioned way of eating the right foods, getting
exercise, clean living, keeping a positive mental attitude
-- that's what works," he says.