Diet Directory – Popular Celeb Detox/Cleansing Diets

Yes, back to the Detox Diets…A topic I have mentioned previously. In order to raise awareness about the zillion diets out there (most which carry false promises of purifying your body of toxins, boosting your immune system and so on…) I thought I would give everyone a glimpse of what certain diets out there are about.
It is hard to keep up with them to be honest, hence every now and then, I will update my diet directory to keep you informed. Just a quick reminder that I AM NOT AN ADVOCATE OF SO CALLED DETOX DIETS & CLEANSES as there is no scientific evidence to prove that they work.
1. The Master Cleanse (aka the Lemonade Diet)

Consuming nothing but a lemonade drink for 7-10 days is the basis of the Master Cleanse. Dieters are allowed anywhere from 6-12 glasses of a concoction made of lemon, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. A laxative tea and salt water flush are also included.
Fast weight loss which is temporary. Cons: Deficient of most nutrients, should not be followed by people with certain illnesses and bathroom visits are frequent due to the laxative tea and salt water flush. You starve yourself. Symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, irritability have been reported.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Involves taking 1-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before every meal. It has been an old folk remedy which claims that apple cider vinegar helps with weight control, aids digestion and helps cure certain illnesses. There is no scientific evidence to prove its remedial properties.

Pros: Cheap. It is not harmful to include apple cider vinegar as a supplement with a low calorie diet. Small portion sizes are recommended, snacking is limited.
Cons: No conclusive evidence to prove its detox/weight loss properties. Some people have complained of acid reflux because of the vinegar. There are claims that tooth enamel could be affected.

3. The Clean Program by Dr. Alejandro J.

On this diet, you consume 2 liquid meals and one solid. Banned foods: Dairy, Meat, wheat-based foods, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, processed foods and condiments. The week long program also involves so called ‘detox methods’ such as skin brushing, hot baths, sauna and massages.

Pros: You eat a lot of whole foods including fruits and vegetables. You don’t starve yourself. Cons: Requires commitment, knowledge of raw food preparation, could lead to nutrient deficiencies if followed for a prolonged period of time.It is not cheap as you’ll need to pay for those massages and saunas!

As I’ve mentioned in my first post on this topic – Detox diets are the perfect bait for people wanting a quick fix. A lot lead to yo yo dieting and place unnecessary food restrictions. If you do come across a diet with a promise – consult a dietitian first!
If you have tried a detox/cleanse before – feel free to post a comment about your experience! I would be interested to know more…


Note: This was a section written by “yours truly” for Ahlan! magazine.

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