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Happy New Year! I'm guessing a lot of you will be resolving to continue on your weight loss journey in 2013. I just want you to know that I'm available to answer any and all of your nutrition questions to help you meet your weight loss goals.

Did you know that one of the top diets Googled in 2012 was the Detox Diet? I've been asked about these Juice/detox diets in the past and have always personally scoffed at the idea of them. But I would consider myself somewhat of a diet purist. If you want to lose weight or "purify" your body, there's no easy fix or miracle diet, it's plain and simple: portion control, healthy choices and exercise.

This is my personal opinion, so I decided to do a little research about detox diets to see if I was missing something in these liquid diets. Turns out, most people out there (that aren't working for one of these "detox" diets) are against these diets, too.

You see, your body is a pretty amazing machine. Not only does it distribute nutrients to all the parts of your body, it's also really good at filtering out anything that doesn't belong. And as long as you're healthy, this is the only defense your body needs to "detox" your body. I hate to break it to you, but that lemon juice and syrup cleanse doesn't do anything for you that your body isn't already doing, except maybe depriving you of valuable nutrients that your body relies on to thrive. In addition, foods like fruits and vegetables contain all sorts of antioxidants that also aid in protecting your body against toxins.

So the next time you're looking to cleanse your body of all the toxins, think about reaching for some celery or going for a run instead of turning to one of these liquid diets for a few days.

I hope everyone has a very happy and healthy 2013!

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@ 8:56pm ET on January 28, 2013
Oh my goodness. I was the girl who tried the lemon diet and yes I lost 10 pounds in 8 days but as soon as i started eating i realized I was gaining a half a pound a day... That diet does not need to be used at all... Great post, thanks.

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