Don’t you wish you could be like Alice in Wonderland and drink a magic potion and you’d be smaller? Many diet aids claim to do just that. But before you go running to the diet aisle here are a few things you should know:
1. They are not evaluated or approved by the FDA. This means these products do not go under the same safety and efficacy scrutiny as a prescription you get filled from your friendly neighborhood pharmacist. If you are someone who has diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or any other health conditions or are taking any prescription medications you definitely want to check with a doctor first before you start to take anything.
As the weather warms and more skin starts to show, the promise of quick weight-loss makes cleanse diets and liquid fasts all the more appealing. But can a cleanse really deliver other health benefits? Most cleanses promise to flush out built-up wastes, rid the body of toxins and promote weight loss. However, many cleanses go even further, claiming that they will help you think better, get sick less often, have more energy, suffer from fewer allergy symptoms and sleep better. Can drinking a special juice really deliver on such high promises? Here’s a run-down on some of the most popular cleanses, accompanied by expert health opinions.
The Master Cleanse
Also known as the “maple syrup diet” or the “lemonade diet,” the Master Cleanse remains one of the most popular cleansing systems. It was created by alternative medical practitioner Stanley Burroughs in 1941, and consists of water, cayenne pepper, lemon juice and maple syrup, all mixed together into a kind of lemonade. Burroughs promoted the plan in his 1976 book, The Master Cleanser, but there are also a number of sites that detail how to best do the detox, plus different strategies of how to “ease in” and “ease out” of the cleanse. In the 1974 text, Burroughs recommends following this diet for a minimum of 10 days.
Valerie Waters is an American personal fitness trainer who lives in Los Angeles and has been offering fitness and workout regimes to celebrities for seventeen years. She is best known for being “Hollywood’s Hot Trainer,” according to US Weekly and for her amazing diet and fitness plan, Red Carpet Ready.
The Red Carpet Ready diet is a three-day detox program that helps uses lose weight rapidly, reduce bloat, and boost energy. The diet supplements are composed of three blends of herbs. There is not an exercise component to this diet.
Valerie has also created an exercise tool called Valslides. Valslides are portable foam or plastic disks that users can use to perform sliding moves that tone their abs, thighs, and butts.
Another day, another diet? It sure does seem that way. The latest diet du jour is the Lemonade Weight Loss Diet.
This 14-day diet is calling itself the new “Master Cleanse“, (which, in my book, isn’t something to brag about), and promises drastic weight loss of 5 to 17 pounds by just taking two tablets with each meal. The tablets contain a variety of vitamins and minerals, along with similar ingredients to the Master Cleanse, such as maple syrup, cayenne pepper and lemon. The manufacturer claims that the tablets aid digestion, speed the metabolism, reduce hunger and cleanse the colon.
Just like most crash diets these days, it has a celebrity behind it. Kym Johnson of Dancing with the Stars endorses the Lemonade Weight Loss Diet on its website and in a recent press release. With the holidays just around the corner, Johnson claims it’s her secret to keeping the weight off without giving up her favorite holiday foods. (more…)
Despite your best intentions for Labor Day, you partied your butt off, which means you downed more drinks and hot dogs than you can remember.
The ideal situation would have meant you nibbled on watermelon wedges and sipped club soda with a twist of lime all day, but it didn’t happen. So, instead of beating yourself up, let’s move forward, shall we?
I usually don’t like to use the word ‘detox’ because I feel it insinuates that your kidneys and liver need help to cleanse your body, which they don’t: they’ve been doing it since the beginning of time. After a few days, weeks or even years of filling your body with junk, however, sometimes you have to get a little strict with your diet and exercise to filter it out.
In order to bounce back from your BBQ indiscretions, you are going to have to start now, scale it back and keep reading. (more…)
Summer and lemonade go hand-in-hand. That may partly explain a current spike in interest in the so-called Lemonade Diet. While the Lemonade Diet, also known as the Master Cleanse or Maple Syrup Diet, has been around for about half a century, interest really began to rise after it became public knowledge that Beyonce followed the diet, losing 20 pounds on the Lemonade Diet for her role in “Dreamgirls.”
What is the Lemonade Diet?
The Lemonade Diet, created by Stanley Burroughs more than 50 years ago, is a fasting plan that will definitely shed pounds quickly. Its followers drink anywhere from six to 12 glasses of lemonade daily. There’s a recipe that includes maple syrup and cayenne pepper.
Tune in to the Rachael Ray Show on Monday, June 28 when Rachael discusses the pros and cons of the latest health craze: Cleanses.
On the show, Rachael leans on the expert help of Dr. Ian Smith, author of The 4-Day Diet.
His diet begins with a 4-day detox, which he says can be used to lose weight and boost your energy. The plan involves different foods each day, such as leafy vegetables, broccoli, lemons, chickpeas, fruits, berries, low-fat yogurt and cabbage soup.
Kate Hudson appeared on the the Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday, June 9 and confirmed that her secret to getting her weight back on track is counting calories. During her appearance she stated “I’ve been doing this calorie counting thing,” speaking to letting herself go from time to time and wanting to lose weight.
It’s true, celebrities indulge in food like the rest of us, and gain weight doing it. The question is how do they lose it all so fast?
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Detox and cleanse diets are all the rage with Hollywood stars. The approach is controversial, as many mainstream medicine and nutrition experts say that the body does a perfectly good job on its own in detoxing when you are eating a normal healthy diet, and staying fit.
But, that doesn’t stop many versions of cleansing and detox diets to pop up, particularly since they can piggyback on the power of celebrity endorsements, even if they aren’t outright paid spokespeople.
The latest celebrity diet news has come from Jennie Garth (90210) and her hubby of nine years, Twilight star Peter Facinelli. In a recent interview, Jennie revealed that she is doing a cleanse. The cleanse consists of just one meal a day. Her husband is doing the more hardcore full-body cleanse, which entails fasting for seven days straight without any food at all.
Tune in this Thursday, January 7 to the Rachael Ray Show to learn how you can lose weight in a pinch with The 4-Day Diet.
While quick weight loss diets and cleanses that promise to help you lose pounds in just a mere few days are considered fad diets, many folks desperate to drop a few pounds quickly swear by them.
Find out if the cleanse is safe and if it really works when the author of The 4-Day Diet sets Rachael Ray’s viewers straight, including sharing the secrets to seeing results fast.