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It's magical how it aids in weight loss. Are you ready for this...IT'S LOW CALORIE. If you manage drink 2000 calories of juice somehow, it's the same as if you ate 2000 calories of lard.
As for cleansing...no. In fact, your bowels will pretty much stop pushing stuff out if you're on a liquid diet and you'll need to drink salt water or give yourself an enema. Lovely, eh?
Eat a day of raw foods (while getting enough calories from raw nuts, avocados and oils) if you want to spruce up your diet and feel regenerated.
If the liquids are not supplying things like protien, it is not going to be healthy. I wouldnt consider a liquid diet without running it past my doctor unless maybe to replace an occasional meal with a liquid supplement that provides balanced nutrients.
Personally would rather get those nutrients and calories from something that will satisfy my hunger.
I often diet, using protein shakes that are low in sugar - Muscle Milk is a good one (but harder to find for a good price). It's higher in fat, but more satisfying and doesn't mess with my blood sugar.
I don't follow the "two shakes and a reasonable meal" deal... I figure - I'm not going to drink my meals forever, so I should get used to eating regular meals that fit under my calorie needs for losing weight. But, I do enjoy them when I'm running late, or am in a hurry (as an effort to avoid fast food)... at least lower sugar ones have a more balanced nutritional combo.
I follow this rule - if it seems too good to be true, it's probably too good to be true.... there are NO quick fixes...
Also, cosmo is ****.
Any plan recommended by a magazine who's contribution to periodical wisdom consists of "are you a bad girl" and "are you with your soul mate" quizzes is probably something to steer away from. Fashion advice? Makeup? Personal Care products? Yeah, I might consult Cosmo (Vogue is better for that), but for diet and health related issues it is certainly not a bible.
As for the idea of a liquid diet itself, I have to ask where is your fiber going to come from? It certainly doesn't sound like it would be too healthy for your bowels.
I duno about the liquid diet.. but please people, don't stomp on the bible!!!!