Detox? Are they safe post-WLS?

on 10/18/19 6:52 am
RNY on 02/28/17

As some of you know, my life has been insane physically, mentally and emotionally for many months culminating in our recent move. I have truly been burning my candle on both ends for a long time and now that the move is completed I am trying to adjust my routines and habits into a more supportive lifestyle. I have been mega hydrating (shifting from lots of coffee to at least 180 oz of water a day), eliminating the sugar and resting my body as much as possible. Unfortunately I've had alot of gastric problems and dense protein doesn't always agree with me but I've been lucky that Lactaid cottage cheese and CarbMaster yogurt goes down pretty well, both of which are good sources of protein and low in carbs.

I've had several people tell me that I should do a prolonged detox of my body. One person suggested drinking only celery juice for a week. I'm certainly not a registered dietitian, but I know full well that most detoxes aren't actually good for the body, especially post-WLS.

That said, have you done a detox? If so, did you find it helpful or healthful? Did you end up feeling better or worse? Do you know of any reputable scientific evidence of whether a detox is useful or safe for folks how've had WLS?

Thanks for your input!


HW: 248, SW (2/17): 244, GW (10/17): 125, CW: 117-122

RNY w/ Joseph Afram: 2/28/2017; Plastics w/ Douglas Forman: Extended mastopexy, Extended abdominoplasty-5/18/2018

on 10/18/19 7:07 am
RNY on 12/22/08 with

I think you never need a fasting detox. It is a fad. It is deprivation. It is soul sucking hard.

Girl your plate is full.

You get to eat and do other things that nourish you. gotta do some things that nourish your body and soul so you have enough energy to give back.

Fuck that fast and those people who are telling you it's a good idea.

on 10/18/19 9:47 am
RNY on 08/21/12

I could never have written a more correct, and eloquent, response.

6'3" tall, male. Maintaining a loss of 280 pounds.

Highest weight was 475. Consult weight 04/12 was 411. RNY on 08/21/12 at 359 lbs. Current weight 195.

M1 -24; M2 -21; M3 -19; M4 -21; M5 -13; M6 -21; M7 -10; M8 -16; M9 -10; M10 -8; M11 -6; M12 -5.

on 10/18/19 2:17 pm
RNY on 05/09/19

Read my mind.....

on 10/19/19 5:23 am - Brighton, IL

I second Deb. It's just another fad diet.



on 10/18/19 7:22 am

Hi Janet!

Detoxes are bunk. Plain and simple. Your body is a highly efficient machine. Your liver and kidneys are superheroes, and you are doing the absolute best thing for them with your increased water intake. If detoxes truly worked, we wouldn't have so many people on waiting lists for kidneys, livers, or so many dialysis systems.

I just turned 45, and after being on a diet since I was 11, and having this surgery 10 years ago, I am done. No more fad diets, no more magic pills, nothing. I have started feeding myself well (physically and spiritually) and stopped focusing on the numbers. It's just exhausting. Now, I will tell you that as a vegetarian en route to being a vegan, I have to be super conscious of everything I eat so that I can ensure I am getting high quality food.

If you are looking for something to give you a reset, I recommend looking into intermittent fasting. However, I would encourage you to read as much about it as you can, and to start slowly. I love it when I do it, but I make sure I am focusing on other things as well such as my breathing, my self talk and my frame of mind.

I realize I didn't answer your question about scientific research on detoxes, but...drinking nothing but celery juice for a week sounds asinine. Of course you would lose weight, you're not taking anything in!

Here's what I've added to my life, and it's been so helpful. If you are able, and interested, I would highly recommend doing some of the following activities:


Meditation (so many good videos on YouTube)

Yoga (even beginner, very gentle, corpse pose, child's's so relaxing)

Listen to some positive frequencies. 432mhz can be found in many relaxing melodies, again on YouTube or spotify. Even my dogs calm down when I have it going.

Most importantly, when you have a lot going kind to yourself.


Let it begin with me.

Sparklekitty, Science-Loving Derby Hag
on 10/18/19 8:45 am
RNY on 08/05/19

Cleanses are complete and utter bull**** and anybody trying to scare you about "toxins" probably has something to sell you. detox-is-bullsht/

If you really feel like you want to flush out your system, drink a boatload of water. Your liver and kidneys will appreciate the help.

Sparklekitty / Julie / Nerdy Little Secret (#42)
Roller derby - cycling - triathlon
VSG 2013, RNY conversion 2019 due to GERD. Trendweight here!

on 10/18/19 12:11 pm

I generally get back to basics, ,limit processed food with extra salt, increase water, stop the sugar, increase the green veggies. SLEEEEEEP properly- and POOP!

HW 295 SW 278 Surgery weight 225 CW 160 GW 150 LW: 118.8 RNY 12/15/2015, GB removal 09/2016, Twisted bowel/hernia repair 08/2017

M1 Dec 2015-13.0, M2-7.0, M3-14.5, M4-9.4, M5-7.1, M6 9.8, M7-7.6 ,M8- 7.6, M-9 5.5, M10-6.4, M11- 2.2, M12 Dec 2016- 5.8

on 10/18/19 12:19 pm
RNY on 02/14/18

Whoever told you to drink only celery juice for any length of time is a quack. Janet, given all you have going on, it would be surprising if you weren't having tummy troubles! Stress, anxiety, etc sometime**** us hardest right after we get through the precipitating issue -- this might be the first time in months your body has had the freedom to actually respond to all you've been through.

Be kind to yourself, stick to your good routines where you can and do not do any crazy detox! As everyone else said, they are pretty much bunk!

HW: 306 SW: 282 CW:144.8 GW: 145 (reached 2/6/19), next goal - 132.9


on 10/18/19 3:08 pm
RNY on 02/28/17

Best detox, destress ever!!!

HW: 248, SW (2/17): 244, GW (10/17): 125, CW: 117-122

RNY w/ Joseph Afram: 2/28/2017; Plastics w/ Douglas Forman: Extended mastopexy, Extended abdominoplasty-5/18/2018