Are detox diets necessary for fat loss?

Nah, not really.

Although it can help someone that is eating Doritos everyday, but only if they take up some long-term healthy habits as a result, of course.
By: Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS

A detox diet for fat loss won’t suddenly reverse the bad health status of someone that has lived the Western Lifestyle for 40 years.

It is what it is…2 days of not eating crap (although it’s often 2 days – or more – of not eating anything, which has its own detractions…).

So detox diets might seem like a good idea, and might even give you piece of mind and help kick-start a new program, but just realize that they are not a quick fix to your health problems.

The LONG-TERM FIX is dumping the Western Lifestyle, as I have said many times before.

Besides, if you think you can actually remove all the toxins in your body, think again. It can never happen. Every breath you take, every move you make, you are creating waste products in your body.

In fact, research studies have found that ALL of us contain surprisingly high concentrations of toxins in our blood, all due to AIR pollution.

So no matter how “great” your detox diet, you’ll never be able to combat toxins that enter your blood through your lungs.

And many toxins are fat-soluble – meaning they are stored in our fat cells for months, and slowly released over time – not just 2 days.

You’ll never truly detoxify…but enough of the science class, let’s get to the bottom line on detox diets…

So is living on a juice diet for 2 or 3 days going to kill you?

No. Heck, that’s probably healthier for you than a weekend in LAS VEGAS.

But is it going to add years to your life?

No, of course not.

So unless a 2-day detox diet is really off the wall unhealthy, they are generally neither helpful nor harmful.

All that matters is what you do on a consistent basis for the other 363 days of the year…year in, year out.

If you pick up motivation for healthy habits from your “detox”, then maybe it can help you.

But if you go right off the detox and back to the Nachos and Bud, then what was the point at all?

You know what I’m all about – lifestyle change.

It’s nothing radical, its nothing fancy or magical. If you want to succeed you simply have to make changes for good.

You aren’t going to make all the changes overnight or be able to stick to each one the first time you try it (Hey, I’m still trying to get better and healthier everyday, and I’ve been at it for all of my adult life).

Hard truth: It might take you years before you perfect your healthy eating habits and kick your cravings.

But as you do, you’ll have the rest of your life ahead of you for high-energy living thanks to healthy eating.

Eat well, live well,


P.S. Want to know how to change your eating lifestyle?

Get Dr. Chris Mohr’s Fat Loss Nutrition Guidelines that comes with Turbulence Training.

About the Author

Craig Ballantyne is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and writes for Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Maximum Fitness, Muscle and Fitness Hers, and Oxygen magazines. His trademarked Turbulence Training fat loss workouts have been featured multiple times in Men’s Fitness and Maximum Fitness magazines, and have helped thousands of men and women around the world lose fat, gain muscle, and get lean in less than 45 minutes three times per week. For more information on the Turbulence Training workouts that will help you burn fat without long, slow cardio sessions or fancy equipment, visit