Today's myth: A detox is a good way to make a clean start

Fact: Most of the time, detox diets are more like a crash diet. They restrict certain food groups and sometimes deprive the body of adequate calories and nutrition for a short period of time. In fact, detox diets are notorious for causing weight gain: When the body feels deprived and then foods are reintroduced, our bodies will regain more weight as if in fear of another starvation or restriction. If a detox appeals to you, consult with your doctor on whether or not the benefits it promises are the real deal.

Health and Fitness Testing NZ Tips:

If you are wanting to make changes to your body composition and improve your health you are more likely to be successful (long term) if you make changes gradually. Placing a water bottle on your desk, increasing the servings of fruit or vegetables that you have per day, or taking the stairs instead of the lift are some examples of small changes in the right direction.

If you would like more specific eating advice we would recommend you consult a qualified dietician.