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Ex-bulimic Candace Cameron Bure defends 5-day weight-loss juice cleanse

Ex bulimia addict Candace Cameron Bure slammed for doing juice cleanse for weight loss
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Candace Cameron Bure defended her decision to go on a five-day juice cleanse after being slammed by fans for promoting a near-starvation diet, insisting weight loss was not her goal.

"I'm excited to start my five-day cleanse not to lose weight, but to get my body back on track, ridding all the toxins and unhealthy stuff I've put in it the last few months," Bure, a recovering bulimic, wrote on Facebook July 14.

Candace said her eating habits had gotten off-track since season 18 of "Dancing With the Stars" ended in May, and the juice cleanse was merely an attempt to detoxify her body.

"Since being off 'Dancing With the Stars,' my body has struggled to find its balance after having danced up to eight hours a day and eating so clean," Cameron Bure wrote.

"After going back to my normal eating habits as well as extended overindulgent summertime vacation eating and normal exercise routine, my body has endured some confusion causing some minor health issues."

Battled Bulimia and Diet-Pill Addiction

Despite the lip service many people pay to the purported health benefits of juice fasts, most people do them to jump-start weight loss. The furor started July 14, after Bure announced her juice cleanse. Candace said she had planned to drink two Paleta juice-cleanse protein shakes and a light all-vegetable dinner.

Fans immediately accused the slender Cameron Bure of sending an unhealthy message about body image with her extreme low-calorie diet. One fan even called her a "sellout" and accused Bure of promoting the Paleta juice cleanse for money (which is highly likely, but something most celebrities do).

Candace's decision to go on a juice fast was especially disturbing to some fans, given her past as a recovering bulimic. Bure, who at 38 looks years younger, is in the best shape of her life now after overcoming the eating disorders anorexia and bulimia during her teens and early twenties.

Lost 22 Pounds in 2010 With Low-Carb Diet and Exercise

In 2010, the former child star lost 22 pounds, slimming down to 110 pounds through a portion-controlled, low-carb diet and regular exercise. Cameron Bure has maintained her weight loss since then by eating well and working out regularly.

Bure began dieting obsessively as a teen, suffered from the eating disorder bulimia, and experimented with diet pills. "I felt chubby," she wrote. "I didn't fit into a lot of my wardrobe. I know it showed on TV."

At her heaviest, the 5-foot-2 Candace weighed 132 pounds, which isn't heavy, but not optimal for unforgiving TV cameras. Bure said she had a hard time adjusting to being a housewife and mom of three after "Full House" ended in 1995 and she began living in Canada with her husband, Russian-born NHL player Valeri Bure.

But marriage and motherhood inspired her to embrace a fitness-minded lifestyle. Bure slimmed down to 110 pounds by following a low-carb diet that emphasized protein and vegetables and eliminated bread, pasta and rice.

The mother of three typically works out first thing in the morning, right after she drops her kids off at school, and is disciplined about following a healthy diet. Looking and feeling good keeps her motivated to stay on course.

"I like the way I feel when I’m in shape and I like the way I look when I’m toned," she said. "When I feel good, it makes for a much better start to the day.”

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