"If you've been keeping up with the news on the weight loss front you will have noticed that the friends and family of dieters have been reporting that losing weight can turn you into a new person, but not necessarily in a good way," says Buckley. "Dedication to keeping weight off and our system toxin-free can take too much of our attention from the people who are important to us."
But it's not only that we become a little self obsessed when we diet. Losing weight can actually bring about certain changes in our personality. Zara explains that recent research at the University of California indicates that if you start a low calorie diet you could be triggering a release of cortisol, a stress hormone that has been linked to the production of belly fat. This is not going to ease any anxiety you have about losing weight."
Zara Buckley says there are also reports in the media that the dramatic shedding of weight detox diets can achieve can be accompanied by listlessness, lack of energy and depression. "Sometimes first hand experience of drastic weight loss can lead people to decide there are worse things than being a little overweight,"
Zara is collecting research data, news items and interviews about detoxing and publishing the results of her research on her website. "I'm hoping that if people can get a broad range of information on detoxing and weight loss they can save themselves some of the pain involved in taking on a diet that is not suited to their body or personality."
Zara believes that anybody who is motivated to start a detox diet to lose weight and cleanse their system should be prepared to adjust their goals to suit their health rather than their vanity. "When you are dreaming of looking like a movie star you are not anticipating panic attacks, anxiety and lack of concentration as parts of the package," she says. "So my articles on detoxing for weight loss will hopefully give people the power that comes with a balanced viewpoint."
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