One need only type the word “cleanse” into Google to discover all the latest buzz surrounding detox diets that are filling the minds of dieters and Google’s search-engine result pages in 2016. After gorging on sweets, alcohol, and other fare from the holidays, people tend to turn to a way to detox their bodies and jump start their diets in the New Year in order to lose the weight they put on during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Whether it’s a soup cleanse, beauty cleanse, the weird new taco cleanse, or the trusty juice cleanse making a resurgence, cleanses are once again the rage.
As such, articles such as “Editor-Tested: Kerry Washington’s Beauty Cleanse” by InStyle are listed by the publication as what’s hot right now, with the green smoothie juice drink reportedly helping assistant editor Claire Stern take off 5 pounds. After Stern turned to nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, who authored The Beauty Detox Power for help with her eating patterns, Claire jumped on board the beauty-detox diet.
Stern gave up lots of information about the way she currently eats, and learned that eating so many grains and complex carbs — like starchy veggies, breads, legumes, rice and pasta — didn’t help get them yet broken down quickly enough when eaten with protein. A change in diet would dramatically change the way she looked and felt, advised the expert.
“Hours later a meal plan was in my in-box. It consisted of hot water with lemon, a probiotic vitamin, and Snyder’s trademark Glowing Green Smoothie for breakfast, a salad and veggie-based soup for lunch, and a protein with vegetables or veggies and one grain for dinner. Apples, baby carrots, and coconut-milk yogurt were sanctioned snacks. Should sugar cravings strike, I was to eat a few pieces of dark chocolate containing 72 percent cacao or more. The plan omitted dairy entirely.”
As for the types of starchy vegetable that fall under the category of containing a higher starch factor, veggies like yams, potatoes, corn, and peas can be blamed. For those types of veggies that fall under the “non-starchy” label, look to asparagus, lettuce, cucumbers, mushrooms, peppers, spinach, and the like.
Although juice cleanses have been popular for years, the New York Daily News reports that cleansing with soups might be healthier. Juices contain lots of sugar — and even though many times the juice cleanses involve loads of natural fruit sugar, the juice cleanses are still blamed for bringing too much sugar concentrated all at once into a diet. Instead, the soup cleanses are called cleanses that can be done with real food, as long as the soups contain nutritional contents.
As reported by Time, a juice cleanse can have several unintended results — some good, some bad. Although weight loss might come due to water-weight loss, so can sensitivity to cold, as well as caffeine withdrawals. Discovering any allergies might happen, too, if the person who goes on a juice cleanse slowly introduces back categories of food that they’ve given up, and realizes they have a reaction to some of them, such as dairy, for example.
Perhaps one of the oddest new cleanses is the taco cleanse, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. The taco cleanse is vegan, and it’s a trendy cleanse that features kale, tempeh, avocados, and tortillas.
a taco cleanse that’s entirely vegan? what’s the point?! https://t.co/52NOa97pFL— Henry David Throwed (@tehdago) January 3, 2016
As featured in the book titled The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life by Wes Allison, the cleanse claims to have found a way to jumpstart diets with foods people crave that won’t leave them feeling hungry and “hangry” all at once.
“Tired of the same old cleanse? Instead of feeling rejuvenated are you feeling depleted, anxious, and cranky? (Not to mention… hungry?) A group of vegan taco scientists in Austin, Texas, know just how you feel, and now reveal their one-of-a-kind cleansing journey that anybody can follow and stick to—the Taco Cleanse. While the typical cleanse works by depriving you of your favorite foods, the plant-based Taco Cleanse rewards your body with what it naturally craves: tortillas, refried beans, guacamole!”
[Disclaimer: The Inquisitr strongly recommends you consult your physician before beginning any diet or exercise program. The Inquisitr does not endorse any of the diets or diet techniques mentioned in this article.]
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