Detox and cleanse
Detox and cleanse are often used in tandem, as in, "Follow this three-day cleanse to detox your body!" That claim? Total bullshit, and for a couple reasons. Dr. Rachele Pojednic, an Assistant Professor of Nutrition at Simmons College and a Research Fellow at the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, Harvard Medical School puts it this way: "Your body is designed to cleanse itself naturally with these organs you have called a liver and kidneys (your intestines add a helping hand, too). But the real problem with a cleanse or a detox (besides the three to seven days of agony) is that it's an absolutely temporary 'fix' (and usually really expensive)."
To break it down for you, detoxes and cleanses are unnecessary agony that cost you a boatload of money. Instead of throwing good money after bad, Dr. Pojednic suggests the always solid, never appreciated advice to, "Play the long game of committed nutritious eating and physical activity, because health doesn't come in three-day spurts of juice, tea, and cayenne pepper."
Quick and easy
Sadly, changing bad habits and revamping your health is never quick or easy, no matter how many "experts" tell you it is… that is, if you'll buy into their latest, greatest program designed to solve all your problems in less than 10 days. As Josh York, founder and CEO of the mobile fitness concept, GYMGUYZ points out, "If it were easy, we wouldn't have an epidemic of obesity in our country."
And as it relates to "quick," short, high-intensity workouts can certainly be effective, but it takes consistency and effort that's maintained for weeks, months, and even years to see lasting results.