The Trend: Going on a “diet cleanse” to lose weight.
Celebrities (like moms Nancy O’Dell and Gwyneth Paltrow) have long since popularized the trend of going on nutritional cleanses to “flush” their systems, feel lighter and lose water weight. Although the idea of a cleanse seems positive, it can actually be a risky diet choice, and can actually decrease the rate of your metabolism (while establishing a negative “good/bad” relationship with food).
We at Makeover Momma personally advocate practicing a balanced, consistent and patient routine with healthy eating, instead of going “on” and “off” of varied plans. (This can also send negative body images and misconstrued views about healthy living to your children). However, if you would like to naturally flush your system and reduce bloating, try increasing your water intake, adding teas that are natural diuretics to your system, and eating plenty of water-based produce (like cucumbers) and low-sodium soups.
* Trend Sound Off: Would YOU ever go on a dietary cleanse? Do you think this is a practical approach in the life of a mother?