3. Lemonade Diet
The lemonade diet, also known as the master cleanse rose to notoriety after singer BeyoncÃ© Knowles used it to lose over 20 pounds for her role in the Dream Girls movie. Users are forbidden from eating food and instead drink a mixture of cayenne pepper, lemon juice, water and maple syrup for the entire duration of the â€œdietâ€. It promises to not only quickly shed pounds but also to offer detoxifying benefits.
But according to many nutritionists and Harvard research scientist Frank Sacks, detox diets don’t actually detox, nor does your body actually need to detox. He warns those eager to join the fad diet that, “Dieters end up in a worse place than where they started, and the weight that is regained is likely to be all fat.” The diet essentially starves the body of calories, slowing down the metabolism and encouraging weight gain shortly after the diet is stopped.