Have you been tempted to try those colon cleanses that promise 20 pounds of weight loss in a few days? Do these really work? Unfortunately, the answer is, No! I have patients that ask me periodically if they should use them and I really don’t believe in them for weight loss at all. Theoretically, colon cleansers are supposed to help flush out toxins and waste. They will not help you lose any significant weight as they do not increase your metabolism or help you burn more calories. If you drink these cleanses and eat nothing else as they suggest, yes, you will lose weight but you will gain it back as you begin to eat again. Then because you haven’t eaten real food in a few days you have lowered your metabolism.
There are dangers of “cleanses”, there are some, however, that are just synthetic laxatives. They can cause diarrhea and you could also be losing valuable nutrients, good bacteria and water. Also you could also experience bleeding and allergic reactions to ingredients in the product even though they may state it is natural. Don’t mistake “natural” with “healthy”. You are in greater danger if you mix and take your own recipes for homemade colon cleansers. Also remember that some of the ingredients could get trapped in parts of your colon and may cause polyps. So the best way to lose weight is plain old diet and exercise.