Cleanses & Detox Diets—Are They Safe? (Page 2)

Slower Metabolism

Certain cleanses are super-extreme: nothing but lemon water for two weeks—no, thank you! Almost all cleanse diets require you to drastically cut calories, which will slow down your metabolism. When you severely restrict calories, your body goes into a type of "starvation mode." It tries to hang on to the energy—read: fat—that it has. As a result, the weight you do lose will likely be a mix of water weight and muscle mass, not fat. Losing muscle mass slows your metabolism even further. Your new, slower metabolism will make you more likely to gain weight once you stop the cleanse and start eating again.

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