For those of you who love maple syrup…today is your lucky day! There’s a detox diet out there that apparently rids your system of toxins and makes you feel great. All you have to do is drink a watered down mixture of maple syrup, lemon juice and cayenne pepper. Wow, my mouth is watering just thinking of it.Ok…so not really. To me that sounds absolutely horrendous, but so many people try detox diets and swear by it. Beyonce, for example, apparently did a fast/detox diet and lost a lot of “weight.” Unfortunately that only encourages young women to try dangerous diets. So what are they? Detox diets are when someone temporarily gives up foods that supposedly contain toxins to flush out the system. It typically begins with a fast, then a liquid or extremely strict diet of certain vegetables and fruits. “Flushing out your system” is a nice way of saying you’ll be spending plenty of time in the bathroom. If you don’t want to wait for that, detox diets sometimes include:• Colonic irrigation • EnemasThere are many different types of detox diets. They vary from just liquid mixtures for a week or so (like described above) or a severely restricted food intake. Overall, detox diets have not been proven to be effective at all, may be damaging to your health and anything can contain a toxin! Your body is designed to get rid of toxins on its own. If your detox diet includes limiting fatty meals and incorporating more fruits and vegetables, then that’s great! But living on just liquid isn’t necessarily healthy and restricting foods for too long can lead to malnutrition. It just doesn’t seem worth the fuss. One more thing, detox diets are not designed to help you lose weight. You may lose weight, but it’s definitely not fat you’re losing.