Listen. I get it. Detoxing, cleansing, or, as I call it, jumpstarting doesn’t have the best reputation. Some folks think they are unhealthy and even unsafe. When you hear the word “detox,” “cleanse,” or “jumpstart,” you might immediately think of all-liquid diets, expensive supplements, and short-term deprivation for short-term gains.
The truth is, a jumpstart doesn’t have to involve any of this—and if you jumpstart in a healthy, supportive manner, you can achieve lasting results in weight loss, energy gain, and full-body health. I know I did (and do!).
Don’t believe me? Well then keep reading for some jumpstart myth busting!
Myth # 1: You won’t enjoy anything you’re eating while on a jumpstart
Although you might have to short-term eliminate certain foods you enjoy, jumpstarting isn’t all about eating lettuce with a drizzle of olive oil. There are many delicious recipes that can be prepared using healthy ingredients that not only taste amazing, but nourish and detox your body.
The best part is that many meals don’t involve any fancy ingredients and even a cooking novice can prepare the recipes!
Myth #2: You’ll constantly be hungry while jumpstarting
Although you may consume fewer calories while on a jumpstart, you shouldn’t feel deprived or hungry. Going on an extremely low-calorie diet can actually disrupt your hormones and metabolism, ultimately making your body less efficient.
Everyone’s caloric needs are different, so a jumpstart should never dictate how many calories you consume. By consuming whole, real foods that supply all the right nutrients, you help detox your body while feeling satisfied.
Myth #3: You need to do an all-liquid detox to remove toxins from your body
Liquid-only jumpstarts and detoxes have enjoyed a ridiculous amount of popularity. But these things backfire: not only do people often gain the weight as soon as the jumpstarts ends, but such restrictive eating is detrimental to your overall health. An effective jumpstart will include a variety of whole foods to help nourish your body and produce long-term results.
Myth #4: Jump starts are just a way for people to make money on expensive supplements.
Supplements involved in a jumpstart should be just that: a supplementary part of the program. While on a jumpstart, you get most of your vitamins and minerals from whole-food sources.
Supplements may be recommended to help your body make the most of the nutrients it receives from these foods. For example, when including probiotics in your diet, you help your body produce vitamins, absorb minerals and remove toxins from the body.
Aside from the benefits discussed above, jumpstarting is an effective way to identify food sensitivities, balance hormones, and establish healthy habits for the long-term.
More questions? Ask me!