Even Hollywood stars sometimes need to slim down in a hurry, whether it’s because they have an upcoming movie with lots of love scenes or simply because award season’s looming ahead. In recent years, cleanses—liquid-based diets focused on the consumption of minimal calories—have become the go-to quick-shape-up tool for everyone from Béyonce to Gwyneth Paltrow.
“Cleanses do offer a quick fix for dropping pounds,” acknowledges dietitian Marissa Lippert, RD, founder of Nourish NYC. “But they are entirely unsustainable. As soon as you go off them, you gain the weight back.” Still, many are drawn by the cleanse claims of losing weight while giving users the feeling they’re flushing their bodies of the toxins accumulated during last weekend’s Margarita fest.
“Sensible cleanses are fine in the short term—a few days,” says Lauren Slayton, RD, a nutritionist and founder of Foodtrainers, a nutrition consulting company in New York City. “They can be a good way to hit the ‘reset’ button,” if you’ve been overindulging.
While experts caution against cleansing too long or too often, you can use these liquid diets like celebs do: to jump-start your long-term commitment to eating better.
We’ve looked at the top seven cleanses favored by celebrities, breaking them down by how they work, duration, and cost.
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