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Why do cleanse detox diets remain so popular?

Just in time for swimsuit season, another “cleanse” diet book has been hovering near the top of the best-seller list. This one, called the “10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse” promises to help you “lose up to 15 Pounds in 10 Days!” So it’s no wonder that it is selling better than the Green Smoothie Bible, the Detox Diet, or the 3 Day Juice Cleanse, all published within the past six months.

Clearly, many people are embarking on these extreme eating — or rather, drinking — plans to lose weight. The diets usually involve drinking smoothies or juices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner consisting of leafy greens, fruits, and water. (The latest derivation has folks using blenders rather than juicers to retain the pulp and fiber.)

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