The trick to losing fat is losing toxins, as these are stored in the fat cells! Excess sugars are deposited in your fat cells, so if you want to tighten up and detox at the same time, a few days of no sugar consumption will get you started!
Now, sugar comes in many guises and we have to be strict here to really be effective, so during these sugar-free days, no carbohydrates should be consumed either. You are basically moving your metabolism from glycogen to ketogenic for a few days, where fat is burned for fuel. I know that keto diets are all the hype, but they can be dangerous over the longer run and often rely on unhealthy animal fats, so I recommend a whole foods plant-based sugar-free diet for a few days to reset your system and break metabolic habits!
At home we do a 7-day sugar-free detox after every major trip to clean out the processed and heavy foods we consume while traveling. On average we both easily lose 3-5 pounds during that week, but you need to try it for yourself, as no two bodies are alike!
So what can you eat and what should you avoid? I have created a list of what to eat and what not that you can use as a starting point below. Make all your meals at home and be mindful while eating. Drink lots of fluids like fresh water and herbal teas and make sure you exercise to help the detox process along.
I believe that this short-term sugar-free period is a gentle way to detox your body without moving fully into ketosis, which can bring some unwanted side effects with it. Once you are feeling lighter and better, start introducing small amounts of complex good carbs again, as these are vital for long term good health!
You may also notice that your taste buds are changing and you may no longer have the taste for your former levels of sweetness or saltiness, which is a good thing!
Author: Ina Mohan, President of Health, Healing & Happiness LLC