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How to Detoxify Your System to Lose Weight

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author image Brynne Chandler
Emmy-award nominated screenwriter Brynne Chandler is a single mother of three who divides her time between professional research and varied cooking, fitness and home & gardening enterprises. A running enthusiast who regularly participates in San Francisco's Bay to Breakers run, Chandler works as an independent caterer, preparing healthy, nutritious meals for Phoenix area residents.
How to Detoxify Your System to Lose Weight
A one- to three-day detox can jump-start your diet. Photo Credit: Bootsy Holler/Blend Images/Getty Images

Starting a diet means cleaning out your refrigerator and pantry, but it’s also a good time to detox your body. Strict detox diets can rob your body of the nutrients it needs to function, but according to Katherine Zeratsky at the Mayo Clinic, “Some people report feeling more focused and energetic during and after detox diets.” She also says that although this effect might be psychological, a short detox diet can help jump start your weight-loss program.

Step 1

Always wash lemons before slicing and squeezing them.
Always wash lemons before slicing and squeezing them. Photo Credit: John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Put a few spoonfuls of fresh lemon juice in a cup of hot water. Use a hand juicer or just squeeze the lemons. Pour the juice through a mesh strainer to remove and seeds and pulp. Lemon juice contains high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants to help support your body through your detox.

Step 2

Drink at least 64 oz. of water while you are detoxing.
Drink at least 64 oz. of water while you are detoxing. Photo Credit: Purestock/Purestock/Getty Images

Fill a 64 oz. bottle with water. Add lemon juice if you don’t like plain water and keep this bottle with you all day. It is crucial to stay hydrated when detoxing, so try to drink the entire bottle before the end of the day.

Step 3

Apples and oranges are high in vitamin C.
Apples and oranges are high in vitamin C. Photo Credit: Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images

Snack on oranges, apples and grapefruits throughout the morning if you get hungry. It is well-known that vitamin C supports the immune system and helps your liver and kidneys to do their jobs of flushing out toxins.

Step 4

Vegetable soup is healthy and filling.
Vegetable soup is healthy and filling. Photo Credit: arfo/iStock/Getty Images

Heat a bowl of organic vegetable soup for lunch. Eat it slowly with a spoon. Soups tend to be filling, and the more slowly you eat, the easier you will recognize that you are full.

Step 5

Snacking on carrots and celery will help ward off hunger pangs.
Snacking on carrots and celery will help ward off hunger pangs. Photo Credit: marylooo/iStock/Getty Images

Munch on carrot and celery sticks in the afternoon if you feel hungry. Have a glass of unfiltered organic apply juice to help ease any sugar cravings.

Step 6

A big, green salad is a healthy detox dinner.
A big, green salad is a healthy detox dinner. Photo Credit: Comstock Images/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Make a salad for dinner with lettuce and raw vegetables. Mix together olive oil and lemon juice, and add pepper—but no salt—for a tangy, healthy, detox salad dressing. The point of a short detox diet is not to starve or torture yourself but to avoid all processed foods, refined sugars, chemical additives and the kind of starchy carbohydrates that cause insulin spikes.

Step 7

Herbal tea is soothing at the end to the day.
Herbal tea is soothing at the end to the day. Photo Credit: TongRo Images/TongRo Images/Getty Images

End your evening with a soothing cup of decaffeinated herbal tea or a cup of hot water with lemon juice. This diet can be followed for up to three days, though if you are detoxing for the first time, you might want to limit it to 24 hours.

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