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7 celebrity detox diets

By: Laura Moss on Aug. 18, 2010, 12:30 p.m.
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Can a diet detox your body?

Here’s the theory behind detox diets: Our bodies are exposed to a variety of toxins — from air pollution to alcohol — that build up in our bodies causing bloating, fatigue and other ailments. Supposedly, detox diets cleanse us of these toxins, making us healthier.

However, there’s no evidence that these diets actually work. Ironically, doctors say they can do more harm than good by depriving the body of vitamins, minerals and electrolytes. In addition to these side effects, there’s also the drawback of frequent liquid bowel movements caused by eating plans that are skimpy on solid food and often call for laxatives.

So why are detox diets so popular? Because in addition to claims of health benefits and weight loss, they also have a star-powered following: Gwyneth Paltrow swears by The Clean Program, Beyonce says she shed 20 pounds on the Master Cleanse, and it's rumored Bill Clinton went on the Cabbage Soup Diet to lose weight before his daughter's wedding. What exactly do these celebrity diets entail? Check out our list of some of the most popular detox diets and find out. (Text: Laura Moss)