Unnecessary, and even potentially harmful. That’s my opinion of sugar detoxes.
This isn’t a new fad but seems to be making a huge comeback. The promised benefits from a sugar detox include losing weight, higher energy, better sense of well-being, and more. Who wouldn’t be tempted by that, right?
But as we’ve covered before, I think you should avoid detoxes and cleanses, and sugar is no different.
The hosts of the Today show recently endured a 10 day sugar detox, and viewers likely joined them in the sugarless adventure. While some people champion the benefits from abstaining entirely from added sugar, I believe there are seven great reasons why you should NOT do a sugar detox.
1) Can actually lead to weight gain.
This one is going to confuse people because one of the main reasons to do a sugar detox is to lose weight.
Hoda Kotb, host of the Today show, said during her sugar detox, “I’ve gained two pounds since I’ve been on it” because she kept reaching for things like potato chips to satisfy her sugar craving she couldn’t fill. “I’m eating stuff I don’t really like” and “I had two cough drops before the show, because they tasted sweet” she went on to say openly about some of the not-so-great effects from the detox.
She later asked her co-host Kathie Lee, “Why am I gaining weight? Why?”