Detox “Madness” Is Not Good Science, Says Weight Loss Doctor

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Author and weight loss doctor Dr. Myo Nwe, as she releases her new weight loss book Fat-Me-Not, challenges what she sees as widespread overuse of detoxification as a means for weight loss. As co-founder of the Ace Medical Weight Loss Center, she says such methods do not provide a path to proper weight management, and can be dangerous.

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It might sound like a magic bullet for weight loss, but all you loose is water weight. And what it deprives you of can be more important.

Dr. Myo Nwe of the Ace Medical Weight Loss Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina has written a book about the sciences of digestion and weight management, where she warns that the ongoing use of detoxification products and programs are counter to a healthy diet, and a considerable waste of money in terms of weight loss.

Nwe’s book, “Fat Me Not” examines how the weight loss industry interprets, and frequently misinterprets scientific findings to develop programs, products and strategies aimed at making money from the epidemic of obesity. One area she finds especially disturbing is the widespread overuse of detox products.

“Basically, detox is a bowel stimulant; in other words, a glorified laxative,” she writes. “It might sound like a magic bullet for weight loss, but all you loose is water weight. And what it deprives you of can be more important.”

Dr. Nwe’s book asserts that the human stomach may be the most important organ to understand when it comes to weight loss, and she examines the chemical process of digestion that is impacted by some detoxification methods.

She writes, “Some so-called detox juices are made up of ingredients intended to stir up our gut: something acidic, something spicy like pepper, and with stimulants like concentrated sugars to flush your bowels. When you have several bowel movements due to intense stimulation of the stomach, you actually lose the gut’s digestive chemicals along with important electrolytes.”

“Weight loss this way is very unhealthy and dangerous,” she asserts. “You run into dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, and even heart irregularities.”

“The individual ingredients in some of these products may not be bad, but the effects on proper digestions can be detrimental,” she continues. “I have seen people admitted to the intensive care unit due to severe electrolyte abnormalities.“

“Even though you may lose few pounds during a prolonged detoxing, what is lost is mainly water, not fat.”

“Proper detoxifications can serve a purpose,” she adds, “but not as part of a sensible weight loss strategy.”

“Fat Me Not” compares various dieting strategies against the latest scientific findings on digestion impacts weight gain. For more information about the Fat Me Not book visit

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