Body cleansing and detox diets 101 So what are these new popular diets that have so many women constricting their daily food and drink intake? And how are they different from good old-fashioned fasting or deliberate starvation? Our experts say there isn't much difference. "Fasting is willingly abstaining from some or all food for a period of time. It is generally medically necessary or used for cultural, religious or ethical purposes," says Albovias. Most detox and cleansing regimens "urge dieters to consume supplements, concoctions, and/or restrict their diets to water and raw fruits [or] vegetables" accompanied sometimes with "laxatives or enemas to speed up the detox process," she continues. "They are similar in that they restrict calories and eliminate some or all food groups from the diet," says Albovias.
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