“Detox Diets, the ultimate healthy diets to loose weight fast and in a healthy way.” That is what we hear about these diets, but this is not so! “Detox”, if we break the word, de-tox which means devoid of toxins. These diets aid the process of removal of toxins from your body! In ancient India, the ‘Rishis’ and ‘Gurus’ used to fast for few days by maintaining safe distance from cooked food. This they did to detox their bodies, and stay fit. In modern times, the whole meaning of these diets has been changed and are being used as weapons of weight loss! Celebs are following these ‘detox weight loss diets’ and are happy about it, leading people to join in. We have put together a list of Celeb detox diets that will do your more harm than good.
The Master Cleanse
Also known as The Lemonade Diet, has been followed by Beyonce Knowles, Ashton Kutcher and Angelina Jolie to shed excess pounds. This is a strictly liquid diet comprising of 6-10 glasses of lemonade (made of water, lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper) a day for 10 days at a stretch! It also includes a laxative tea in the night. The point to be noted here is that why will you need a laxative if you are not eating solid food!
Martha's Vineyard Diet Detox: Better known as 21 Pounds in 21 Days claims that it is not a weight loss diet. Well the name itself contradicts the claim! Again a liquid diet full of soups and shakes, juices and herbal teas and not to forget, lots of water. Intake of supplements and coffee enemas are also suggested. Stella McCartney and Madonna have tried this diet but a lack of solid food for 3 weeks is a bit too much! Also who needs enemas of coffee? Think it over!
Liver Cleansing Diet
The 8 week program involves eating raw fruits and veggies, proteins and drink tea, raw juices, and lots of water. A distance from dairy products, alcohol, fried and processed foods has to been maintained. Although the diet itself can prove to be healthy and detoxifying but the lack of calcium can cause problems. So while going for this diet, keep Calcium supplements handy and consulting you physician is also recommended!
The 3-Day Fruit Flush Diet
The 3 day plan ensures a loss of 10 pounds! The diet allows only protein shakes for the first day and raw veggies and fruits, and a bit of lean meat, every 2 hours for the remaining 2 days. This diet cuts down your fat intake which will help you loose weight. But if carried on for longer periods, the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K will be missed out! So if you start this diet, don’t forget to stop it in time for your better health!
The Fast Track One-Day Detox Diet
A one day diet making you loose 3-8 pounds, excited? Reality check needed guys! its not really a one day diet but an 11 day one! It proceeds in 3 stages, the first ‘preparation stage’ lasting for 7 days, followed by a one day fast as the second stage and then repeating the first stage for 3 days being the ‘sequel stage’. While on your first stage you’ll be befriending the loo! The diet for it will consist of 1-3 liver loving foods (green veggies, oranges, eggs, Brussels sprouts and broccoli), 2 servings of lean meat, 1 colon loving food (carrots, apples, berries), some olive oil and plenty of water. The last stage is a shortened version of first stage except you have to consume low-fat yogurt with live, active cultures. For a short duration, it won’t harm you but be prepared to feel bloated and making the rounds!
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Dr. Joshi's Holistic Detox
Followed by Gwyneth Paltrow, the 21 day detox keeps you away from acidic foods to maintain the alkaline pH of your body. Therefore most fruits, red meat, wheat, caffeine and dairy products are banned. You have to thrive on white meat, gluten free foods, soy products, brown rice, green leafy veggies and lots of water. This diet can be followed only if you compensate your calcium and vitamin C absence through supplements.
This article was an attempt to break the myths in favor of detox diets being the ultimate healthy option. Stay tuned for more such surprising bites, till then follow the mantra eat healthy, stay healthy!