Tips for trying a detox diet

Hollywood stars swear by them while doctors are weary of them. Whether you've tried a detox diet plan or not, it is important to know information on any type of dieting plan before beginning.

WebMD defines a detox diet as "extreme, quick weight loss diet plans that claim to flush toxic chemicals from your body."

Even though detoxifying plans are popular, nutritionists and doctors say there is no scientific proof to detoxing. Frank Sacks, MD, a leading epidemiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health told WebMD, "There is no basis in human biology that indicates we need fasting or any other detox formula to detoxify the body because we have our own internal organs and immune system that take care of excreting toxins."

Celebrities like Beyoncé have been reported to have done the Master Cleanse to shed the extra pounds. This detox diet has the dieter drink a concoction of lemon juice, maple syrup, water and cayenne pepper – nothing else. Beyoncé reportedly lost 20 pounds for her role in "Dreamgirls," according to MSNBC .

Documentaries like " Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead " have helped popularize the juicing detox. Get yourself a juicer and stock up on fruits and vegetables, it's really that simple. No whole foods are consumed during the time period that you a lot yourself. Everything you consume comes in pure juice form. So that means no added sugars or sweeteners – pure juice.

Yahoo! News reported that when doing a juice detox, it should only be done for up to three days. If you plan on going longer, it's important to consult with your doctor.

Not all detox plans require a complete shun of food. Shape.com suggests modified detox plans like taking meat out of your diet or only eating whole, unprocessed food. This would mean not eating anything found in a package. Think fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and beans.

If eliminating foods from your diet doesn't sound like something that you'd like to do, try adding foods in.

Certain foods help detoxify the body while still consuming a well-balanced diet. The Global Healing Center lists these 10 detoxifying foods:

-Fruits
-Green foods
-Lemons, oranges and limes
-Garlic
-Broccoli sprouts
-Green tea
-Mung beans
-Raw vegetables
-Seeds and nuts
-Omega-3 oils

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