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Are These Detox Diets Safe?

Not surprisingly, doctors advise against all-liquid diets because they provide so few calories and nutrients, you run the risk of everything from fainting spells to dehydration. As for claims that such plans flush out your system? "Ridiculous," says weight-loss doctor Jana Klauer, M.D. "Our liver and kidneys take care of that just fine." Moreover, by cutting protein from your diet, you lose muscle mass, which may lead to short-term weight loss but also ends up slowing your metabolism. Your best bet if you simply must have quick results: a detox plan that includes some real foods, like fruits, veggies and whole grains.

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