7-Day Detox Diet to Cleanse Yourself From Inside Out

by Apoorva Malhotra
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You may have heard about the detox diet by now. There are several variations available online, such as the 3-day or 7-day detox diet that claims to eliminate your harmful toxins from your body and clean your blood. At the same time, some claim to aid your weight loss efforts.

So what are these detox diets? Are they even effective?

Let’s take a look!

What is a Detox Diet?

A detox diet is a short-term dietary intervention to detoxify your body. Typically, it involves a prolonged period of fasting, followed by sticking to a meal plan comprising mainly of fruits, vegetables, juices, and water. Some variants contain herbs, tea, supplements, and enema.

Detox diet enthusiasts believe that a 7-day detox diet plan could:

  • Give your organs a rest during fasting periods.
  • Stimulate your liver to excrete any toxins.
  • Boost the elimination of toxins through urine, sweat, and feces.
  • Improve blood circulation.
  • Nourish your body with healthy nutrients.
  • Help with health issues such as obesity, allergies, digestive issues, etc.
  • Promote well-being by reducing anxiety or depression.

Upon the successful completion of the 7-day detox diet, you will feel lighter, more alert, and rejuvenated.

7-Day Detox Diet Plan

A 7-day detox diet emphasizes on consuming natural foods to remove harmful toxins and eliminate damaging free radicals.

A sample meal plan is as given below:

Monday

Early Morning (8 am): A glass of warm water with the juice of half a lemon

Breakfast (9 am): Omelet prepared from two egg whites and vegetables such as onions, tomatoes, and mushrooms

Mid-Morning Snack (11 am): A glass of cold-pressed, fresh fruit juice

Lunch (1 pm): Vegetable salad with paneer cubes, dressed in lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper

Mid-day Snack (4 pm): A cup of watermelon

Dinner (7 pm): Fat-burning cabbage soup or chicken soup loaded with vegetables

Tuesday

Early Morning (8 am): A glass of warm water with the juice of half a lemon

Breakfast (9 am): Vegetable oats

Mid-Morning Snack (11 am): A bowl of freshly cut fruits

Lunch (1 pm): Chicken breast or Chickpea salad with lettuce, steamed broccoli, and carrots, dressed in a homemade mayonnaise dressing

Mid-day Snack (4 pm): A cup of green tea and ten almonds (unsalted)

Dinner (7 pm): Baked potato with the skin on, seasoned with olive oil, salt, and pepper; served with a side of sauteed mushrooms

Wednesday

Early Morning (8 am): A glass of warm water with the juice of one lemon and a tablespoon of raw, organic honey

Breakfast (9 am): Breakfast smoothie prepared from a grapefruit, pomegranate seeds, and celery; and four almonds

Mid-Morning Snack (11 am): A cup of green tea

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Lunch (1 pm): A cup of lentil soup with a side of steamed vegetables

Mid-day Snack (4 pm): Baby carrot or carrot sticks with a tzatziki dip

Dinner (7 pm): Baked fish/tofu topped with diced tomatoes, and dressed with mustard sauce, olive oil, lime juice, and dried Italian herbs

Thursday

Early Morning (8 am): A glass of warm water with the juice of one lemon and a tablespoon of raw, organic honey

Breakfast (9 am): A cup of quinoa with blanched beans and carrots; and four almonds

Mid-Morning Snack (11 am): A cup of green tea

Lunch (1 pm): Moong bean sprouts mixed with finely diced tomatoes and onions, dressed in fresh lemon juice

Mid-day Snack (4 pm): A cup of Greek yogurt and four strawberries

Dinner (7 pm): Mushroom clear soup or egg drop soup

Friday

Early Morning (8 am): A glass of warm water with the juice of half a lemon

Breakfast (9 am): Banana, oats, and peanut butter smoothie

Mid-Morning Snack (11 am): A cup of green tea

Lunch (1 pm): Frittata containing mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, baby spinach, salt, and pepper (If you are vegan, you can substitute eggs with Bengal gram flour/Besan)

Mid-day Snack (4 pm): A cup of fresh orange juice

Dinner (7 pm): Baked sweet potato served with stir-fried broccoli and green peas

Saturday

Early Morning (8 am): A glass of warm water with the juice of half a lemon

Breakfast (9 am): Oats cooked in unsweetened milk and topped with strawberry slices

Mid-Morning Snack (11 am): A cup of green tea

Lunch (1 pm): A cup of fresh fruit salad with a dash of cream

Mid-day Snack (4 pm): A cup of green tea

Dinner (7 pm): Scrambled paneer/cottage cheese (vegan) or baked salmon, with blanched green beans and broccoli

Sunday

Early Morning (8 am): A glass of warm water with the juice of half a lemon

Breakfast (9 am): Fluffy quinoa with a side of sauteed vegetables

Mid-Morning Snack (11 am): A cup of green tea

Lunch (1 pm): Lettuce, red onion, and mushroom salad dressed in homemade mayonnaise

Mid-day Snack (4 pm): Baby carrots with hummus

Dinner (7 pm): Pumpkin lentil soup

Few Tips to Keep in Mind

While following the 7-day detox diets, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Drink sufficient amount of water to prevent dehydration, flaky skin, or constipation.
  • Consume raw, whole foods and avoid processed foods (including fruit juices).
  • Eating foods that are rich in proteins and fiber will make you feel full for a longer duration.
  • Do not extend the 7-day detox diet beyond a week.
  • Make it a point to get enough sleep and rest whenever you notice a dip in your energy levels.
  • Complement your diet with low-intensity, at-home workouts. The sweating that comes with exercise will get rid of toxins and give you glowing skin!
  • Foods to avoid include red meat, processed meat, cheese, butter, junk food, sugar, frozen food, soda/coffee, ready-made salad dressings.
  • Consult your doctor before going on a detox diet.

Exercises to Go With Your 7-Day Detox Diet Plan

Try out the following physical activities while you are on a 7-day detox diet:

  • Neck and shoulder rotations
  • Squats and lunges
  • Planks
  • Rope skipping
  • Yoga poses such as the Garudasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana, Ardh Matsyendrasana, etc.
  • Meditation

Final Thoughts

While the 7-day detox diet can help you achieve your ideal weight, it is a highly calorie-restrictive diet. Hence, the weight that you lose may not be sustainable as you simply burn your carb reserves and water weight. However, it is extremely effective for those struggling with obesity or having a poor relationship with food. At the same time, it does eliminate certain toxins from the body by cutting down your unhealthy eating habits.

Finally, focus on eating healthy and consuming nutritionally-dense, whole foods, and adopt a healthier lifestyle as they will keep you fit in the long run.

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