Source: USA TODAY
Put down that juice!
That’s if you believe trainer to the stars Tracy Anderson, who slams the juice cleanse fad as a “horrific” way to lose weight and get healthy.
Anderson, who is most famous for sculpting Gwyneth Paltrow’s incredible bod, tells Refinery29 that juicing is as bad as eating junk food.
“If you’re going to drink a non-organic green juice, you might as well eat a Twinkie. Or a half a Twinkie, at least,” she says. “There’s like 80 calories in it, there’s a bunch of chemicals in it, what’s the point? The only benefit (to juice) is that it’s pre-digested and the Twinkie’s not.”
She also warns of the long-terms effects of doing a juice cleanse as a short-term solution to holiday overindulging.
“Juice detoxes are the worst thing that ever became commercialized. They’re horrific for people’s health. They crash people’s metabolic rate. Now, the FDA says they have to be pasteurized. So, you’re drinking, basically, water that’s going to give you Type 2 diabetes, potentially.”
And, although both she and Paltrow subscribed to non-traditional diets/lifestyles in the past — raw and macrobiotic, respectively — Anderson says extremist dieters are “cultish.”
“People who are raw vegans age faster than people who aren’t… There are different philosophies. People who are extremists are dangerous — if you’re an extremist, and it works for you, fine. (But) trying to influence other people using vanity to become extreme for no reason is cultish. They’re so passionate or proud of themselves because they cut out dairy and meat and all of these things. And, they juice cleanse and they’re on some spiritual high level of living.”