Why fake diets and liver detoxes suck

People promote these fake diets and liver detoxes on Instagram and they have been doing so for the past few months and years.

They suck for various reasons. On Instagram there are many detox posts and influencers who advertise their detox wares. This week I saw someone advertise a detox water and questioned them for doing so. And then they did it again.

January and February is the time when people want to lose weight. So advertisers will advertise their detox products hoping to lure people in. When we searched on Bing it came up with 32,500,000 results.

They suck because they are expensive to follow. They are short term diets that promise results and most people are unhappy.

Some of these detox diets are extreme and can cause nutritional deficiencies like the water and fruit cleanse diet or the juice diet where you just drink juice all day and that’s it.

You don’t need a detox diet to get rid of all the fat and lose the weight. The kidneys do that for you. But you can help the kidneys by eating a sensible diet (full of fruits and vegetables and some lean proteins, fats and carbs) and drinking lots of water. The kidneys will excrete the waste and detoxify you.

A note for Instagram: you should ban all those detox diet ads and block those people’s account as what they are doing to others is dangerous and can end up with a visit to the ED as well as an eating disorder.

Detox diets and why they are bad for you

Its January and you’ve probably overstuffed yourself with all the fatty and very heavy Christmas foods and beers. You probably want to lose weight in the quickest, most simplest way right?

Well here’s where detox diets come in….


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What is a detox diet?

By no means you would have heard of this thing because they are always advertised on Facebook, email and Twitter to be the fastest way to lose weight. You would be paying somewhere between $300-$500 for that latest “liver” cleansing diet which promises results. Most of them encourage you to skip food and use their product to substitute real food.

Most if not all the diets have some sort of period in which you can expect to results such as 1-2 weeks.

But there are some kits in pharmacies where you do it at home for about $50-$100. Some detoxes are healthy but most are not.

Why is it bad for you

After you finish you’ll binge eat. And its bad for your liver as your liver will do more of that work for you. Most of the detoxes taste like crap.

Some of the detox diets cut out certain foods and you need those nutrients to survive such as a certain amount of body fat.

According to Choice many people felt sluggish and tired. Some even felt bloating



There is no simple and quick way to lose weight. The only way to lose weight is to eat healthily and exercise. If you really need it then our advice is to see your doctor first. See what they say.