Nutritionists Agree: This Trendy Diet Plan Is Terrible for Weight Loss

Amanda Montell

So you've been eating a little too much junk food, indulging in more rosé than you care to admit, and now you'd like to de-bloat and drop a few pounds. Naturally, you go on a juice cleanse. It's what all the fit kids are doing, so it must be healthy, right?

According to nutritionists, it doesn't matter what the fit kids are doing, because—get ready for it—juice cleanses are absolute bogus. "People think juice cleanses are healthy because they put 'juice' and 'cleanse' together—how could that combo ever be wrong?" says registered dietitian Jenny Champion of Posh Paleo. Dieters tend to believe that juicing for a few days (or weeks) will help you lose weight, reset your metabolism, and get back on track after having fallen off the nutritional wagon. "People fall prey to the idea because they’re desperate to lose weight fast, an all-liquid diet has to shed pounds, and fruit is generally considered one of the healthiest foods on the planet," says Champion. But nutritionists say this logic is twisted.

"These trendy cleanses do not fulfill a lifetime of happiness and health, but rather a couple days," says Caroline J. Cederquist, MD, creator of bistroMD, a doctor-designed and chef-prepared meal delivery service. "Adding juicing into your diet can be beneficial to receiving vital nutrients; however, juicing should not be the only thing in your diet."

If you're still not convinced that juicing is bad for you, we have more proof. Keep scrolling for five reasons not to go on a juice cleanse.

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