As I dietitian, I’m frequently asked whether cleanses are safe. There seems to be a deep fascination with cleanses out there—they carry a promise of pushing a reset button and purging your body of all those “toxins” that supposedly are building up. Cleanses usually take one of two turns: juice cleanses (replacing all solid foods with freshly pressed organic juices) or water cleanses (essentially fasting and just drinking water, and maybe adding a dash of lemon juice, cayenne and maple syrup a la the Master Cleanse).
But does your body need a break from digesting food in order to cleanse itself more efficiently? And are cleanses safe?
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You might think that your quest to lose weight is at odds with your love of pizza, French fries and other calorie-laden foods. But with a few tricks, you can enjoy these and other “diet don’ts” while eating a healthy diet. Here’s how I do it:
While scarfing down several slices of pie is still a diet no-no, there’s no need to shun pizza altogether. One slice of regular crust pizza has 285 calories. Add veggie toppings to make it more virtuous (mushrooms and peppers are my favorites) and pair it with a salad. The veggies will bulk up your meal, making the single slice even more satisfying and the whole meal can still clock in at less than 400 calories (just mind your portion of salad dressing).
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Cooking Channel: Nadia, you looked amazing in the Bitchin’ Christmas music video we saw last month. Around this time of year, people are looking for ways to drop a few pounds. What was your secret to fitting into that shiny, red spandex body suit?
Nadia G: Tsaketa! We had a lot of fun on that one, and I was definitely watching what I shkoffed leading up to the shoot. But I never skip meals. As the old Italian saying goes: “A shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch, and your thighs still shake for dinner.” Skipping meals makes your body think it’s starving, so it holds on to fat for dear life, literally. Always eat three to five logically portioned meals a day to keep your metabolism up.
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