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.
8. Bring on the Fiber
Most Americans only get about half the recommended daily allowance of fiber (for men, it's 38 grams). Fiber helps you feel full, and it also scrubs the gut. Particularly high sources include lentils (15.6 grams per cup, cooked), artichokes (10.3 grams per medium artichoke, cooked), and broccoli (5.1 grams per cup, cooked).
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