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Photo: Inna Dodor (Shutterstock) By now we all know that new year “detoxes” and “resets” don’t detox or reset anything. Depending on which you choose, they are either unsustainable diets or pure pseudoscience —often a mix of both. And yet, they still appeal. A “detox” in 2021 may be a week’s worth of smoothies and juices, often guided by a guru who makes big promises about how amazing you’ll feel after you spend a week drinking what you’ve purchased from them. Or it may be a challenge to eliminate certain foods from your diet—no sugar, for example. Whatever the mechanics, these are all restrictive diets branded as self-care. So let’s take a look at the reasons why people keep coming back to diet reboots and smoothie cleanses. Their marketing (even if it doesn’t look like marketing) definitely ticks some boxes for things that we want in our life: a sense of control, for example, or an antidote to the exhaustion of the holiday season. But there are ways to work on these goals without starving yourself. If you want more energy Increased “energy” is often touted as an effect of detox diets, and it’s true that some people experience a sense of increased focus when they haven’t eaten in a while. (People who practice intermittent fasting love to talk about this.) But it’s a temporary state, if it occurs at all, and it goes hand-in-hand with less pleasant mental states. People who complete a detox or reset will often […]