We’re now well into the last two weeks of the 6-Week Challenge and you might be thinking of ways to ramp up your progress with losing weight. One of the ideas that commonly gets thrown around is whether or not a dietary detox on the 6-Week Challenge will make a significant impact. First off, let’s explore what a detox is.
What is a Detox?
By definition, detox is simply a metabolic process of making something less toxic. The idea that you need a special detox diet has been built up by bloggers and marketers, but the truth is, if you’ve cleaned up your diet and are FTDI, your body is already in a state of gentle detox. You don’t need to take drastic measures to detox on the 6-Week Challenge because you already are!
How Can You Support Detox on the 6-Week Challenge?
Your body is naturally detoxifying on a nutrient-dense diet, but here are some extra ways to help support your body (and drop more weight) during the last two weeks of the challenge:
Drink your water and add lemon. If you’re not already getting your gallon in (we know you exist), get that water down throughout the day. Lemons offer liver support and also vitamin C, which aids in eliminating stored toxins from consuming a poor diet, so cut up some lemon slices to keep in the freezer and drop one into your water glass throughout the day.
Eat your veggies raw. Certain raw vegetables contain high levels of naturally occurring glutathione and sulfur which support your liver purge toxins released during weight loss. These include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, onions, and kale. Steaming them lightly without overcooking will also give you high levels of the good stuff, but raw is always better.
Drink dandelion root tea. Dandelion root tea has diuretic properties as well as detox properties to support the liver. It’s generally recognized as safe.
Drink green tea. The best form of green tea is a good quality matcha, which contains the highest level of chatechins; a powerful antioxidant which increases liver function.
Use lots of garlic. Garlic stimulates the liver to produce detoxifying enzymes which help filter toxins from the digestive system.
Consume more greens. There are powdered greens on the market that are excellent to help in this area, but also consuming raw power greens like kale, spinach and chard provides you with high levels of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll helps your body remove environmental toxins that we encounter on a daily basis.
If you’re looking for more ways to boost your weight loss, it’s important to discuss this with your trainer. There are dangers to crash dieting and your trainers can help make sure you’re safely losing the weight.