Millions of people want to lose weight, and everyone wants to find the easiest, fastest way to do so with the least amount of work. The latest scheme for this is known as ‘body cleansing’, or a ‘cleansing diet’. They pull you in with seductive claims of how being fat is not your fault, and if you just take a few little pills you’ll be completely fixed and never have to worry about being fat again.
This simply isn’t true. Despite the claims of the advertisers, these detoxification schemes never actually work. For example, I recently saw a product advertised that claims to get rid of the “dangerous worm” Paragonimus Westermani, which supposedly lives in everyone and causes health problems and obesity. Only problem with that is, Paragonimus Westermani comes from eating freshwater crabs. Live. When did you last eat a live crab? I seriously doubt it’s as common as the advertisers seem to think.
The best thing you could hope for when following one of these body cleansing schemes is that nothing would happen, while in fact what is far more likely is that you would end up with some major problems. If you did get rid of all the bacteria in your gut, you would be completely defenseless to all the usual dangers that they normally protect you from.
Imagine your body is a castle, and the good bacteria are an army put in place to keep you safe from the bad bacteria outside of you. In return for using a small amount of the food you eat, they guard you from hundreds and thousands of deadly enemies that you can’t even see.
As a matter of fact, one of the ‘cleansing’ sites I looked at gave a picture of what they said were plaque spots on your colon. It would have been terribly convincing, except that they left on the little tag in the corner of the picture, which identified it as an image of candidiasis. Candidiasis happens to be a potentially deadly disease, which is caused by…. lack of bacteria.
Now, maybe it’s just me, but using a picture of a disease caused by having no bacteria, to try and get you to remove your bacteria, struck me as terribly silly. This person, I thought to myself, obviously doesn’t care about checking their sources or giving good information. Why should I place my health in the hands of someone like that? Why should you?
It’s entirely up to you of course, but for myself I would rather stick to good old fashioned dieting then take the chance on some new scheme that probably won’t work, and might even kill me. I know, I know, dieting is hard work. Well, anything truly worth having takes effort, and even if it’s too much work I’d still rather be fat then dead.
The cleansing programs offer a lot of big promises and claims, but they’re all either scams, or ignorance. If you want something that will really work, talk to your doctor or dietician, and stay clear of the crazy new schemes that haven’t a hope of working.
About the Author:
Author Johanna Williams is a respected expert in the fields of dieting and nutrition. After learning about a popular but mistaken weight loss
tehnique, she decided to put together a site to tell people which fat loss
products really work.
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