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Spring Clean Your Body!

Detox Your Diet  No, we’re not talking about colonics and liquid lunches. “A detox can be as simple as removing processed foods and refined carbs from your diet,” says Alyse Levine, MS, a registered dietitian in Los Angeles. These items give you “fake energy,” which results in ups and eventual downs that Levine says hurt your workout and workday. Eating too many of these nutritional no-nos can have adverse effects on your weight and insulin levels and may lead to diabetes.

Start by cutting out refined sugar: soda, alcohol, anything with high-fructose corn syrup. Next, chop out the “bad” fats, those of the trans and saturated varieties found in full-fat dairy, red meat and fried foods. Finally, drink water only. “Eventually you’ll be able to have those bad foods here and there,” Levine says. “But it’s about getting you used to these better foods so that you might actually prefer them over time.”

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