I personally did the Dr. Oz 48-Hour Weekend Cleanse back in 2012. After I completed it I learned some things. Before you try doing a cleanse yourself here are 5 things you might not know about doing a diet cleanse.
1. You can become very dizzy. Depending on your diet before you start the cleanse, you might become very dizzy and lightheaded while on the cleanse. I personally thought I was going to faint several times the second day that I was on the cleanse. The whole point is to clean out your body of all toxins. I wouldn’t suggest doing any heavy physical activity while on a cleanse and most importantly check with a doctor before you start one.
2. You might have a hard time finding ingredients. The cleanse that I was on called for a fennel bulb, caraway seeds, and quinoa. Three things I’ve honestly never had before. I researched on the internet before I went to the grocery and looked up what each item looked like. Surprisingly, when I got to the grocery store, I was able to find all the ingredients I needed. The fennel bulb was called “finocchio” though at the grocery store I went to. I suggest looking up each ingredient to see what they they look like and if they have an alternative name. When I was doing research on the internet, I did see other people commenting that they couldn’t find fennel bulbs at their grocery store, so you might have to hunt down the ingredients.
3. You will not lose weight. You shouldn’t be going on a cleanse if you are just trying to lose weight. As stated before, cleanses are literally meant to be done to clean out the body. Specifically, the kidneys and liver are the body parts that benefit the most from cleanses. Doing a cleanse is a great way to jump-start your weight loss, but you won’t be dropping pounds directly from the cleanse. Even if you do the famous Master Cleanse, also know as the lemonade diet, you will only lose water weight and will gain all the weight back not long after ending the cleanse. I wouldn’t suggest doing a cleanse if you are only wanting to lose weight.
4. You might need to buy kitchen appliances. I didn’t find out until about a day into the cleanse that I needed a blender to make a certain “meal.” That is my fault since I should have read through the whole cleanse before starting it. Some cleanses will want you to make smoothies or even juice vegetables and fruits. I went out and bought a blender, but I decided against the juicing because the cheapest juicer that I could find was around $100. I didn’t feel it was something I would ever use again, so I “cheated” a little. Instead of doing the “meal” that called for juicing, I made a smoothie out of the ingredients that were meant for juicing. I really suggest reading through the entire cleanse so you don’t run into a problem like this yourself. You may decide to choose a different cleanse if it calls for too many appliances that you don’t have.
5. “Normal” food will taste amazing after the cleanse. Forty-eight hours was enough for me. I don’t think I could have done a cleanse longer than that. After I was done with the cleanse, I had chicken tacos with fresh lettuce, tomato, and cheese. The food tasted so amazing. After that, everything that I had for the next couple of days tasted better than I could remember. This might be a problem for some. Because the food you eat after the cleanse tastes much better than before, it might cause you to overeat. Be careful when you start eating normally again after doing a cleanse. I really suggest trying to maintain a healthy diet. Fresh produce and healthy dishes will taste amazing after cleanses, so just try to stick to those kind of meals for awhile.