TRUTH HURTS, HATERS!
Icon extraordinaire, Lizzo, has recently come under fire on social media for her promotion of detoxing. The 32-year-old posted about her “progress” during a 10-day smoothie detox on her Instagram reels. According to the singer, she took part in drinking and unhealthy habits during a recent trip to Mexico that left her body feeling lethargic and unwell, thus prompting her to start the cleanse.
Amidst her posts, fans and critics alike have commented on her decision, and like with most issues, people were divided. One side claimed that the singer is free to do what she pleased with her body and that the attack more regarded her current weight and body image. One Twitter user wrote:
“y’all don’t let lizzo win… half of y’all are obsessed with telling her she is unhealthy because she’s a big girl, and the other half are mad bc she decided to do a smoothie detox. stop”
– @v7_mads on Twitter
Opposing users came at the 32-year-old, attacking her for her promotion of, what some have claimed to be, a harmful hack that could trigger those with eating disorders. Another Twitter user named @konekorai wrote that, while the singer may do what she wants with her body, “doing it in dangerous ways that have been shown to cause eating disorders isn’t the way to do it.”
Together, let’s break down detoxing and what effects it has on the body.
The term detoxification refers to the medical management of a person who has an addiction to certain drugs that are causing harm to their body. Because of this, according to an article from MedicalNewsToday, “detox” is not necessarily the proper terminology for this regime.
According to a study in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, commercial detox diets have been shown to improve your liver’s natural detoxification process and eliminate some organic pollutants from your body; it’s important to note though that these trials are hindered by flawed methodologies and small sample sizes. The same study found that the main reason why patients lost any weight during these juice cleanses was due to a significant drop in daily caloric intake.
There is also no universal definition of a “toxin”! While the detox drinks are not harmful themselves, they don’t medically detox like some claim they do. All that being said, these detox drinks can be healthy. These drinks can encourage the intake of fruits and vegetables, considering they’re fully composed of said items.
Starting a juice cleanse or detox can help you better implement healthy habits, but understand that it is not recommended as a long-term diet. This should only be done to help kickstart your weight-loss or a new diet, no longer than a few days. In fact, there is actually a good part of the population that shouldn’t partake in these cleanses, such as pregnant women, teenagers, or anyone with health conditions due to the drop in daily calories, according to blog HBFit.
Food is necessary for survival. Long ago, people consumed food with the sole purpose of sustenance and energy for their daily lives. As time progressed and new ways to consume food arose, from vegan to Whole30 to paleo, some people’s relationship with food changed. With the recent popularity of detox culture, some have seen food as the enemy instead of something that could help them. It’s important to listen to your body and understand what it can and can’t handle. While it’s okay to participate in a detox plan in moderation, the body knows itself best. So if your body is asking for a burger, then a burger is what it should get!