Chamomile not only stimulates weight loss, but also reduces bloating to a great extent. Loaded with calcium, potassium and flavonoids, chamomile's ability to detox the body helps in getting rid of toxins and excess water. These restrictions could ultimately lead to severe nutritional deficiencies, making such cleanses unbalanced and unsafe. Weight loss cleanses differ from VLCDs, as they often eliminate vital nutritional components — such as protein — without providing any guidance for replacing them during the cleanse. Interestingly, one 15-week study showed that short-term, rapid weight loss by way of a VLCD was more effective at lowering cholesterol and blood sugar than slower, sustained methods for weight loss .