Now that 2010’s decadent summer dalliances with delicious cocktails, delectable chocolates and delightful pastries have come to an end, it’s time to lay the Pimms, picnics and barbeques on the beach to rest. Yes ladies, it’s detox time! Autumn offers the perfect opportunity to get that slightly misshapen summer bod back in shape so that it can fit into a killerific outfit for that end-of-the-year Christmas do. A detox, or cleansing, diet is not a weight loss diet but rather a way of removing potentially toxic substances from the body. The process of detoxification is not a quick fix weight loss solution but rather a step in the right direction to healthy eating, which may in turn assist with weight loss (if accompanied by exercise). Detox diets also often have quite severe restrictions and should be undertaken with care. Detoxing is usually a short term exercise and according to About.com: Alternative Medicine , detox diets:

- Minimises the amount of chemicals ingested (for example, by eating organic foods).

- Emphasises foods that provide the vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants that the body needs for detoxification.

- Contains foods, such as high fibre foods and water, which draw out and eliminate toxins by increasing the frequency of bowel movements and urination.

There are many types of detox diets and it is best to choose one that best suits your lifestyle and the needs of your body – always be sure find out as much as you can about the diet you choose before trying it out, and if you are unsure about anything, speak to your GP. Everydiet.org provides a list of detoxification diets, including the most popular diet at the moment, which is known as the Master Cleanse or the lemonade diet and was written by Stanley Burroughs in the 1940s and published in a book called The Master Cleanser. Celebs including Beyoncé, Demi Moore and husband Ashton have reportedly used the Master Cleanse to detox. To find out more about the detox diets celebs are using this season, check out ExtraTv .

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