Detoxes. They certainly cause quite a stir, with the jury still out on whether they’re actually necessary or very helpful. But if you’re like us, you still crave one every now and then after an indulgent holiday, long weekend or just a particularly busy month at work packed with too much desk time!
We ask celeb trainer Libby Babet from the BUF Girls for five of the easiest detox approaches she knows, ranging from 10 days to 12 weeks. Happy cleansing!
The 1, 2, 3 Detox
Duration: 4 weeks or more
Similar to: Beyonce’s 22 day plant-based cleanse
I love this detox because it has a focus on what you’re putting in, rather than what you’re taking out of your diet. All the 1-2-3 requires is that you eat one serve of colourful vegetables at breakfast time, two at lunch and three at dinner. One serve is roughly the size of your closed fist. It’s so simple but when you’re putting so many vegetables in, with a little protein and wholegrain carb alongside it, it’s tough to make room for too much else, which is of course the whole point! The 1,2,3 detox is also a good way to boost vitamins, micronutrients and fibre. The Booze Free Weekdays Detox Duration: 1-3 months Similar
The Booze Free Weekdays Detox
Duration: 1-3 months Similar
Similar to: Blake Lively’s alcohol-free lifestyle
All you have to do is commit to no booze at all between Sunday and Thursday, or Monday and Friday – your choice! And on the few days you do indulge, stick to just one glass of your favourite. Keep this one up for three months in a row and you’ll feel fresh as a daisy! Too hard? Start with just one month, you can definitely handle that. The Greens Before Caffeine Cleanse Duration: 10 days Similar
All you have to do is commit to no booze at all between Sunday and Thursday, or Monday and Friday – your choice! And on the few days you do indulge, stick to just one glass of your favourite. Keep this one up for three months in a row and you’ll feel fresh as a daisy! Too hard? Start with just one month, you can definitely handle that.
The Greens Before Caffeine Cleanse
Duration: 10 days
Similar to: Alessandra Ambrosio’s LuliTonix ‘Cleanse Til Dinner’
There’s nothing wrong with caffeine, in fact there are reports it can be a super healthy drink in moderation. But when coffee becomes a crutch and you get to the point where a large/strong mug barely gives you a buzz, a shake-up is in order! The idea of this simple cleanse is that for 10 days straight, you switch your morning caffeine hit for a supergreens supplement, green juice, serve of green vegetables, or low sugar green smoothie. It’s an extra serve of vegetables, vitamins, antioxidants and micronutrients, while giving your adrenals a bit of a break.
Eat, Stop, Eat
Duration: Up to you!
Similar to: Hugh Jackman’s 16:8 intermittent fasting plan
Intermittent fasting is worth experimenting with, but make sure you get professional advice before you dive into this one, as IF doesn’t work for everyone and there are a few rules you need to follow. For some people, short bouts of fasting can be a good strategy to lighten the load on their digestive system and give the body a chance to burn stored fat. There are many methods, like undertaking one 24-hour fast each week, or having two days where you eat a quarter of your regular calories, but we love the 16:8 method best, where you simply eat all your meals within an 8-hour window and fast for the other 16; for example, you might eat your last meal at 6pm and then have breakfast the next day at 10am. Try starting with just 1-2 days per week, or if 16 hours seems way too long, step number one is simply leaving 12 hours between dinner and breakfast, which should literally ‘break’ your ‘fast’.
21 Days Gluten, Dairy, Sugar & Red Meat Free
Duration: 21 days
Similar to: Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘simple but tough’ detox plan
Taking a short break from these foods can be helpful in reducing inflammation, easing bloating and clearing up your skin. It’s a simple little detox that leaves plenty of foods on the menu and is short enough to stick to like glue! Once your 21 days are up, you can slowly reintroduce each item on the list.
Always make sure you reach out to a health professional before starting a detox or cleanse program, particularly if you have any health concerns. Enjoy experimenting with different strategies and take note of what makes you feel good!