The body is always detoxing and cleansing – that's part of what your liver, kidneys, and lungs do – but sometimes it can use a boost. (Think post-weekend in Vegas, feeling sluggish or bloated – or just too addicted to a nightly dose of sugar, cheese, or alcohol.) Dr. Frank Lipman, an integrative doctor whose patients include Kevin Bacon and David Letterman, says you can hit the reset button on your diet – no starvation or liquefied salad dinners required. "If you feel deprived, you're not going to be successful," says Lipman. Follow these tips for a minimum of 10 days (if you can go two weeks, so much the better) to kick start a healthier way of eating, ditch your bad habits – and shed those last five pounds.
7. Don't Just Juice
Juices – even juices that are part of commercially sold cleanses – have a lot of sugar and also lack the fiber, which scrubs the intestines and binds to toxins, promoting their elimination. (Don't believe us about the sugar? Consider: BluePrint Cleanse's pineapple apple mint has 45 grams of sugar. A regular Coke has 39 grams.) Juices also leave you hungry and grumpy. "You're not nourishing yourself with juice, and it doesn't kill bad bacteria," says Lipman. If you must, stick to a single serving of one that is pure greens, no fruit added. Check labels; you want less than 4 grams (1 teaspoon) of sugar.
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