The word “diet” has been so overused over the years, that I feel I want to clarify its meaning, before going further with my point:

“Diet” actually means the sum of food consumed by an individual, which is different from “dieting” or “getting on a diet” – which is something most people do temporarily, with the intention of losing weight but never works in the long term.

There’s a clear distinction between a detox diet and a real maintenance diet.
A detox diet is a short cleanse program you follow to achieve a specific purpose, such as overcoming stressful situations, or losing weight.

I’m a supporter of certain cleansing diets, if done properly. You can achieve some good results without having to fast or go on a very restrictive diet.

Meanwhile, a maintenance diet is the diet you follow for the rest of your life.

A lot of people start out on a cleansing diet when they first get into a raw food program, and that works out great, for a while. They have 50 pounds to shed, so the detox diet enables them to get rid of that weight faster.

Most people, however, are not able to maintain a detox diet in the long run, as they start experiencing cravings and deficiencies – this is because a detox diet isnot a maintenance diet.

Know the difference. A detox diet is a low-calorie diet. This is important to understand, as there’s a limited variety of foods you consume on a detox program.

There just aren’t enough calories in a detox program to stick to it in the long term, though, but enough for a specific purpose, such as losing weight, like I stated before.

What I see happening in the wider healthy vegan and raw food movement, in general, is that a lot of people stay on a cleansing diet for too long, try to become ultra-pure and then try to refine their diet over time.

As a result, they become too sensitive and find it difficult to easily go back to a sustainable diet.

You should ask yourself what your purpose is in doing a specific diet. Is it to thrive in the long-term, or is it just to achieve a specific result?

If you realize you’re on a detox diet, that’s perfectly fine. You should have in mind a specific number of days or even weeks of a program that you want to follow.

Then be clear about when you’re going to go on a maintenance diet, which means consuming more quantities and variety of foods, to make it sustainable on the long term.

A maintenance diet needs to have a sufficient amount of calories and diversity of foods in order to bring you enough nutrients.

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Ariel Belloso

Ariel Belloso is a writer who transformed his health through the power of raw food. The former DJ and music producer's life changed forever in 2001, when his mother was diagnosed with leukaemia. Already a keen nutrition researcher, Ariel calculated that eating a raw, plant based diet could help his mother overcome her cancer. This became his motivation to learn more about natural health and the raw food lifestyle. Following her son's advice, not only did Ariel’s mother beat her cancer, she recently celebrated her 85th birthday! Using the knowledge gained from his years of ongoing study into natural health, Ariel has also managed to overcome several serious health issues himself, as well as helping many others regain their health and improve their quality of life. Ariel has written 5 books on the subject of natural health, nutrition, and fitness.

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