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Kim Kardashian's weight-loss cleanse is working, but there's a catch

By Leah Groth ; Updated April 25, 2018

Kim Kardashian West is doing an intense cleanse in preparation for this year’s Met Gala in order to get into a tiny dress. But how sensible is this method of weight loss?

Since giving birth to her second child Saint, the mother of three has been very committed to health and fitness — and it shows. After giving her diet and fitness regimen a complete overhaul, West recently revealed her waist is the tiniest it’s ever been — just 24 inches — but that’s not small enough for her Met Gala gown. In order to prepare for this year’s swanky event, the reality star is doing the seriously strict 10-day Sunfare Optimal Cleanse detox diet. And it’s no joke.

“Right now, I’m on the third day of my 10-day Sunfare Optimal Cleanse! I’m SO excited to do this, you guys, but I definitely need to mentally prepare, lol,” she wrote on her app last week. “I have the Met Gala coming up and I’ve worked so hard working out, but I started eating a lot of sweets and I wanted to just change my food patterns to eat healthier and cut sugar out of my life as much as I can.”

According to Sunfare’s website, West’s $650 cleanse helps “break addictions to caffeine and sugar, detoxify liver and fat cells and boost metabolism.” It consists of shakes (some of them are chocolate!), proteins, fish and produce, with portion sizes “adjustable by client.” While solid-food entrees, such as chicken stir-fry with pad thai, spicy mustard salmon salad and venison meatballs, are part of the program for the first two and last four days of the cleanse, the reality star will be sipping on shakes — and only shakes — for days four through six. Yikes!

As of day four, West proudly announced she had already lost five pounds — and she hadn’t even started the liquids-only portion. “I didn’t see any weight difference until today, so that’s motivation I needed today,” she wrote on Twitter. “I am only 5'3" so this makes a big difference, and for the next 3 days it’s all liquids. Pray for me please.”

But are liquid-focused cleanses even beneficial (or healthy)? Some doctors, like Dr. Taz Bhatia, author of “Super Woman RX,” doesn’t believe they are the optimal solution. Her version of a killer cleanse involves switching to fewer inflammatory foods, removing sugar and adding more antioxidant green smoothies. “Detoxes and cleanses that force you to eat some whole foods, balance protein and good fat needs and provide the gut some well-deserved belly rest are ideal,” she adds.

West’s cleanse may help her lean out for the big gala, but as Dr. John Berardi explains, all the weight lost during the cleanse (usually water, carbohydrate stores and intestinal bulk) will likely come back as soon as it is over.

Dr. Berardi also points out there are also a variety of other reasons not to detox to lose weight — including how the low-calorie nature of detox diets can negatively affect your hormonal health. And as for eliminating toxins, he points out that our bodies are designed to cleanse themselves.

West is clearly no stranger to disciplined dieting, seeing as how she ate the exact same salad (Health Nut’s Chinese Chicken) every single day for a year. She is also a longtime devotee of the Atkins diet, eating lots of protein, high-fiber carbs and healthy fat with every meal.

Her sister, Kourtney, also shares her no-holds-barred approach to eating, recently gushing about her experience with the somewhat controversial keto diet, which supposedly forces your body to burn fat instead of carbs by maintaining a diet “low in carbohydrates and high in protein and healthy fats.” While on the diet she went next level by pairing it with intermittent fasting in order to improve overall health benefits — meaning she would refrain from eating for 14 to 16 hours after dinner.

While crash diets and liquid-focused cleanses may seem like a quick fix to reset your body and lose weight fast, they may not be the healthiest option. Before trying any trendy cleanse or diet, it’s always best to speak to your physician first. In the meantime, here are 12 foods to help you detox naturally.

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