THE 50 MILLION POUND CHALLENGE COMPARED TO QUICK DIET FIXES
For years, cleansing diets and detox plans have been in the spotlight, fueled by stories of celebrities who followed these strict regimens to lose weight quickly for a movie or an awards show.
According to US Today, Beyoncé Knowles has reported losing 20 pounds on the Master Cleanse diet, a plan that involves eating no food but drinking a mixture of fresh lemon juice, organic maple syrup, cayenne pepper and water for her role in Dreamgirls.
Gwyneth Paltrow followed a week-long detox diet after the holidays, cutting out dairy, caffeine and processed foods and drinking a beet-carrot-apple-ginger juice, according to People magazine.
Oprah Winfrey blogged about her experiences on a 21-day vegan cleansing diet that was free of sugar, alcohol, caffeine, gluten and animal products.
Joy Bauer, a registered dietitian in New York City, says: “People are always doing cleansing diets and detox plan diets, and it’s disheartening because they are sophisticated, smart people who know better, but they are so desperate for a quick fix. You don’t experience long-term success on them. You may be less bloated. You may feel lighter. You may be losing some weight, but much of it is water weight.”