In a culture that is constantly beating into our brains that weight loss equals happiness, it's no surprise that some women end up going to worrying extremes to drop a few pounds. Teen Mom 3 star Briana Dejesus, who revealed on Twitter a couple of days ago that in addition to the Insanity workout program, she's doing a seriously strict cleanse for 10 days to drop the rest of her baby weight, tweeted: "Master cleanse diet! Won't be eating any solid food for 10 days pray for me!"
Hmm ... is it just me or is any diet that completely shuns solid food and would even make you think to say "pray for me" probably a BAD IDEA?
Okay, okay, so Briana's fellow Teen Mom Catelynn Lowell did a 10-day juice cleanse recently, and celebs like Beyonce are reportedly fans of the Master Cleanse, which consists of lemon, cayenne pepper, maple syrup, and water (which IS tasty, but not exactly nutritious ...!). But that doesn't mean, well, anything!? Just because a star does it for the red carpet doesn't mean it is healthy or safe or effective.
Most nutritionists will say that, sure, you'll lose weight on the Master Cleanse, because you're basically starving yourself. (Good job.) But it's also dangerous to your health, because the plan is lacking all the essential nutrients: Vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fiber, and fat. And it's not rocket science -- weight gain is inevitable once you go back to eating real food. Hello, yo-yo dieting, which wrecks your metabolism! What's more, side effects could include headaches, fatigue, dizziness, sluggishness, diarrhea, nausea, or constipation. And furthermore, there's really no REASON for a severe cleanse like the one Briana's doing. Other than to use it as a not-so-stealthy guise for disordered eating (or lack of eating!).
Not to mention that it sounds like Briana isn't even enjoying what she IS putting in her body, having followed up her first tweet with, "Yuck! The master cleanse is so damn spicy!" Ugh.
I really wish these young women would wise up and realize you can really only look and feel your best by eating real, healthy, whole foods and working out. Of course it's not a quick fix, but it's the only way to get fit in a sustainable way without putting your overall wellness at risk.
What's your take on extreme cleanses like this?
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