But my friend lost weight on a cleanse!
This is where things get a bit tricky, because most cleanses do work for people in some way or other. This is thanks to a beautiful mixture of the placebo effect and having a plan.
If you're the kind of person willing to spend money on a supplement, that might give you an incentive to take better care of yourself. Otherwise you're just flushing that money away. So when you get results, you immediately think it’s the supplement that produced the results, not the extra work you weren't doing before.
On top of that, most cleanses come with suggested eating and exercise plans, and the ones that don't are the suddenly ubiquitous juice cleanses, which lead to weight loss because, duh, you're just drinking juice. Not coincidentally, these eating plans almost always focus on eating lots of leafy greens and fruits, avoiding refined carbohydrates, fatty foods, and eating lean proteins.
You might be familiar with this concept -- it's called "a healthy diet."
I don’t care who you are, but if you switch from a diet high in sugar and processed foods to a healthy eating plan using the above criteria, you’re going to drop weight, feel less bloated, and look better. That’s not being cleansed. That’s just a byproduct of being healthier.
Just stop buying cleanses
Please, for the love of God, just quit. Tell your cousin who is trying to get you to do the Master Cleanse that you're better than that. Tell your girlfriend who's trying to get rid of her "toxins" that she's fine.
Cleanses are a waste of money, time, and effort. Sure, you may eat healthier when you’re on one, and that's certainly a positive side effect. But not if you view a cleanse as a short-term solution you can continually return to whenever you want to drop a few pounds or rid your body of mercury.
If you want to do your own cleanse, start drinking lots of water, eat colorful fruits and veggies, exercise, and don’t eat too much sugar or fat. It’s as simple as that.
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Tanner Baze is a writer and trainer who loves steak enough to maybe try to package it as a cleanse.