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‘Caveman’ Diet Best to Lose Weight, not Detox Remedies: Expert Tips

Vendors with wild cucumbers to sell (IANS)

Vendors sell vegetables (IANS)

In an experiment by SkyNews of UK, four viewers were roped in to survive on four different diets and among them the one with Paleo or caveman diet like the ancient man has lost maximum weight in 21 days or three weeks, said Sky News.

Besides the Paleo diet, the four participants were made to increase their physical exercise like running, brisk walking and other activities that consume more energy.

The viewer who was given the caveman diet emerged as the winner losing the most body weight in 21 days.

Citing the UK dietician Rick Miller who always vowed for vegetarian food than quick-fix options like Detox remedies such as vegetable juices, pills and abstaining from certain foods may make one feel happy about not indulging in over-eating but the absence of proteins is equally bad for the body.

A spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association (BDA), Miller brushes it aside saying, “Detoxing is nonsense… It’s a complete fallacy that the body needs to detox. Removal of waste products and toxins is a continuous process and we don’t need to periodically flush them out. The body does a perfectly good job of eliminating any substances on its own,” he reminds.

With crash dieting people sometimes lose water weight and also muscle mass but losing body fat should be the focus, he insists.

In the Skynews experiment, the Paleo, or “caveman” diet by Philip Wark, 38, saw that he lost the most weight 1.4lb, with the least body fat of 1.2%. Other diet participants showed exactly opposite result.

Safira Ali, 32, lost the least of body weight 5lb and also the higest percentage of body fat at 8.3%.

Another Hywel Roberts, 33, followed the “vegetarian” food and lost 11lb weight, and 2.9 % in body fat.

The fourth one Michelle Okpocha, 47, followed the “diabetic” diet and lost 6lb in weight and 3.7 % body fat.

According to Miller, the vegetarian and diabetic diets demanded the least change and hence more likely to be successful in the long term.

Tips from Rock Miller:

  1. Quit Smoking: Smoking damages liver, which is key to cleanse the body.
  2. Cut on Alcohol: Alcohol over period damages liver and can cause cirrhosis or scarring of the liver and fails.

  3. Eat balanced diet: Amything more is dangerous and so is food, though it is more tempting. A balanced food with vegetables, fruits in your diet helps in the long run.

  4. Be Active: If not rigorous exercise, at least spend 150 minutes per week (2hours 30 minutes) in a brisk walk or play rigorous game like squash or football for 75 minutes in a week to keep your liver healthy, he advises.


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