By Tami Charbonnet

“To cleanse or not to cleanse” is an increasingly trendy question asked by women searching for the ultimate key to weight loss and increased energy.  The answer: cleanse!

However, be aware that ridding your body of toxins such as caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, processed food and animal products is only a baby step toward long-term weight loss.  In order to lose weight and keep it off permanently, you must decide to change your overall lifestyle – permanently.

Both before and during your cleanse, implement serious long-term goals.  Make a list.  Start a journal.  What is your focus? Are you determined?  Why do you want to lose weight?  What is your plan when inevitable temptations arise?

Following strict dietary restrictions of a cleanse may help you lose weight.  However, adding back restricted toxins may lead to metabolic confusion and extreme frustration as you quickly return to your pre-cleansing weight.

Cleansing is a motivating experience, and it is a healthy way to detoxify your body.  But, before you cleanse for weight loss, be sure to make a plan or schedule an appointment with a registered dietitian.

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1. White tea the ultimate fat blocker

2. Collard greens fight high cholesterol

3. Wild salmon aids in healthy blood flow and rich in anti-inflammatory omega-3

4. Citrus rich in antioxidants that help flush out toxins

5.  Almonds rich in vitamin E, which is linked to a decreased risk of liver cancer

The best detoxifying cleanses to jump-start weight loss:

Candice Kumai’s Clean, Green, Healthy and Lean for Life:

On Juice™ Vitally Healthy:

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