There are tons of detox diets out. This is the one that Gwyneth Paltrow is doing for the New Year.
Although her daily diet is incredibly healthy, Gwyneth believes in the New Year detox. After collapsing last January at the end of a five-day live-food fast, she is at it again following a week long cleansing regimen. This time, though, she is following the advice of detox specialist Dr. Alejandro Junger. Gwyneth is also sharing the details, recipes and all, on her website goop.com.
The lovely, leggy blonde and mother of two writes:
It is that time of year, folks. I need to lose a few pounds of holiday excess. Anyone else? I like to do fasts and detoxes a couple of times during the year, the most hardcore one being the Master Cleanse I did last spring. It was not what you would characterize as pretty. Or easy. It did work, however. As I do not wish to subsist on lemon water in the middle of winter, I asked my doctor, a detox diet specialist, for the guidelines he uses to achieve a good detox that is not as hallucinogenic (in a bad way) as the Master Cleanse. He actually thinks that the Master Cleanse can be dangerous because the liver is not supported by the nutrients it needs.
To see what she is eating and why, just read more.
While her explanation sounds sensible, just reading over the menu left me feeling hungry and deprived. The majority of the meals are liquids — smoothies, soups, or juice with hardly any grains (read: carbs to fuel your brain) in the meals. The simplest way to explain is to list the foods she will be avoiding for seven days:
- No dairy
- No grains with gluten
- No meat or shellfish
- No processed food including all soy products
- No fatty nuts
- No produce from the nightshade family — potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant
- No condiments
- No sugar
- No alcohol, caffeine or soda (source)
While detoxes can be good for your health… this one seems like a new version of an anorexic diet. I think I would be more interested in what Paltrow DOES eat. Hopefully, this time she doesn’t pass out. If you chose to do a detox make sure that your calorie intake exceeds 1,200 calories. This way, you don’t ruin your metabolism and lose muscle mass.
(CES, PES, CPT, BS)