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Gwyneth Paltrow wages weight war with 300-calorie detox cleansing diet

300 calories a day? That's what Gwyneth wants you to eat.
300 calories a day? That's what Gwyneth wants you to eat.
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Did you gain weight over the winter holidays? Gwyneth Paltrow feels your pain and wants to help. She's created a new detox menu with the input of nutrition experts, reported Channel 24 on Jan. 6.

"You know we love a good detox," Gwyneth announced via her Goop newsletter. "This January is no exception. We created detox recipes that won't leave you feeling cold and hungry during the winter months, with guidance from Dr. Alejandro Junger."

A proponent of cleansing frequently cited by Gwyneth, Dr. Junger is the author of "Clean -- Expanded Edition: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body's Natural Ability to Heal Itself" and "Clean Gut: The Breakthrough Plan for Eliminating the Root Cause of Disease and Revolutionizing Your Health."

The detox diet that Gwyneth recommends "allows us to harness our energy, hit reset on our food intake, and stay healthy and energized," she says. It's three days in duration, and requires eliminating "dairy, gluten, shellfish, anything processed (including all soy products), nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant), condiments, sugar, alcohol, caffeine and soda."

Despite all those "do not eat" requirements, Gwyneth wants the world to try it because her plan is warming, filling and doesn't feel like a sacrifice," reported the New Zealand Herald on Jan. 6.

So what can you eat?

  • Start the day with room temperature water and lemon, followed by a herbal tea and special shake.
  • For lunch, nibble on a balsamic miso root salad or chickpea or carrot soup (no bread.)
  • Dinner: Coconut poached salmon, quinoa stuffed squash or pan-steamed chicken and broccoli for dinner.

"Adjust the times to your schedule and the meals to your taste," suggests Gwyneth.

It comes out to about 300 calories a day, and is insufficient in terms of calories, protein and other nutrients, New York nutritional medicine expert Dr. Fred Pescatore told Radar Online.

"The only foods on tap are foods meant to make you eliminate [waste] one way or the other. It is essentially a three-day fast with a bit of protein thrown in," said Dr. Pescatore, author of "The Hamptons Diet: Lose Weight Quickly and Safely with the Doctor's Delicious Meal Plans."

Although he agrees that the detox approach promoted by Gwyneth will result in weight loss, he is concerned about its safety and long-term results.

"There is no doubt that this will make you lose weight, as this is a starvation-type-diet with lots of liquid to make you feel full, but nothing to nourish the body or soul... It's basically no food or nutrition," said Dr. Pescatore.

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