Between air pollution, drugs, Zenith Detox alcohol, heavy metals and plastics in the environment (just to name a few problematic sources), our bodies can become overrun with toxins. These chemicals can actually make us gain and retain weight. A Detox diet will help us to lose weight because it allows us to take a break from ingesting any potential toxins. Many of these toxins cause us to gain and retain weight.
In the book "The Fast Track Diet," Ann Gittleman PhD writes about the impact of Detox on weight loss. She explains that our livers are our body's filters. They neutralize waste products as well as the toxins that we absorb from the environment. These toxins get into our bodies not just from the food we eat, but also from the air, water, make-up, the workplace, to name just a few sources. When our liver is overworked and becomes toxic it can no longer metabolize fats either. As a result, when we eat any fatty foods, the body does not process these fats properly. It simply "dumps fat and cholesterol back into the bloodstream."
Once we begin our Detox diet, our cells release toxins. Often our cells are still holding onto toxins from years ago. Drinking water is encouraged during the Detox diet as it flushes these toxins from our bloodstream. That is why you will see drinking lots of water and special detoxifying herbal teas as a vital element in Detox diets.