Many clients asked me about this miraculous diet we can find everywhere in the world...
The Hollywood Diet is quite simple: stop eating for 48 hours and get all of your body's nutritive needs from a juice drink. You can have water, but no caffeine, no alcohol, no food, and no smoking. You combine 120ml of water with 120ml of the juice and drink it slowly over the course of 4 hours. You do this 4 times a day for 2 days, following each 120ml of the diluted juice drink with 250 ml of water. Your total intake for the day, then, is 1/2 l of the juice concentrate, plus about 2,5 l. of water.
What's in It?
The official, bottled version ($25 !!) of the diet concentrate contains:
juices from pineapple, orange, apple, prune, white grape and lemon
extracts from bilberry, green tea, ginkgo biloba and grape-seed
A homemade version, popularized by Women's World magazine, includes:
This version probably contains slightly more calories per serving than the bottled product.
Is It Safe?
A very limited, doctor-supervised study of this diet, involving 27 volunteers, did not indicate any danger to the participants, all of whom reported significant weight loss over the two-day experiment.
If you look at the Hollywood Diet as a cleansing juice fast, rather than a weight-loss diet, it does provide some benefits. Freed from the need to break down solid foods for two days, the digestive system can rest and throw off some accumulated waste. As the body is not having to deal with incoming toxins, it is free to process those it has stored -- which accounts for some of the fat loss. The diet does encourage adequate hydration, which also helps the body eliminate stored toxins and metabolize fat. The adequate hydration combined with the diuretic effect of some of the juice ingredients can also help combat water retention.
Benefits of the diet can be summed up as:
As water is calorie-free, and the bottled drink product has 100 calories in 120 ml, the person following the Hollywood Diet is consuming a mere 400 calories a day -- a dangerously low number of calories. It would be very unsafe to continue this inadequate calorie consumption for more than two days, or to repeat the two-day juice fast more often than the recommended semi-weekly interval. (That is, two days on the diet, followed by two to three days of eating normally.)
Some of the ingredients in either version of the juice may cause allergic reactions or severe cramping.
The principles of the Hollywood Diet are somewhat enlightening. A diet low in toxins and promotes a simple approach to eating may provide the body with less of a burden, thus encouraging the metabolism to burn fat. However, it is important to note that this diet has only proven safe for very short periods of time. It should be not practiced beyond 48 hours. The Hollywood Diet can be a decent regimen to eliminate bloating and excess water so you are red carpet-ready in two days time, but this is not a program for long term weight loss.
How To Make Your Own Hollywood Diet Juice ?
It is much less expensive than the actual Hollywood diet. You might want to try it. The following is the recipe for two days, so you only get to drink half of it per day
1 cup Low-fat vanilla soy milk
1cup orange juice
1cup cranberry juice
1cup yogurt (the real stuff)
1/4tsp. wheat-germ oil (or 2tsp. wheat germ)
1/4 tsp. flaxseed oil
Put in blender and sip throughout the day, along with plenty of water for 2 days. Seems like you would be pretty hungry.
Here is another Homemade Hollywood Diet.
Again, this is a two day supply. You can split it in half and make half each day.
Juice of 8 oranges
Juice of 4 lemons
4 Tblsp. honey
2 apples peeled
2 cups of grape juice (can be store bought)
You can expect to lose 1,5 kg on this type of fast...