Juice cleanses are pretty much just starvation with tons of sugar.
Celebrities have been singing the praises of “juice cleanses” for years now. Basically, whenever you need to quickly drop a quick five pounds or so, drink nothing but juiced fruit and veggies for a few days and watch as the pounds melt away. And since you’re only ingesting healthy fruits and vegetables, you’ll be super healthy and have glowing skin.
“I went to SoulCycle, like, twice a day and was on a juice cleanse,” actress Ruby Rose told People. “Everyone was like, ‘Ruby, you’re not going to be able to make significant change to your body in three days,’ and I was like, ‘Watch me!'” But although cleanses sound great, they do more harm than good. Although you might lose a quick five pounds, you’ll gain it right back. “Be aware: A juice detox can crash your metabolism and lead to future weight gain,” Gwyneth warned.
In addition to, you know, starvation, cleanses lead to a lot of sugar consumption. “If you eat an orange or two, you get full,” Barry Popkin, a professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina, told Vice. “But if you drink a glass of orange juice, you could be drinking the amount of sugar in four to six oranges—or more than a Coke—and you don’t feel full afterward.”