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How does the Hollywood 48-Hour Miracle Diet work?

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The Hollywood 48-Hour Miracle Diet works by severely limiting caloric intake over two days, according to Health Psychology. A liquid fruit blend and water are all the dieter is allowed to consume over a two-day period.

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One bottle of the Miracle Diet drink contains eight 100-calorie servings, enough for two days. The dieter is also instructed to drink eight glasses of water a day. Health Psychology states that the 400 calories allowed per day makes the diet unsafe without medical supervision. Although the diet claims to result in weight loss of up to 10 pound in two days, those pounds are said to come from loss of toxic waste within the digestive system and not a loss of fat.

For the dieter to lose fat, it is recommended that the Miracle Diet be repeated, alternating two days on, two days off for best results. On the days off the diet, the dieter is encouraged to eat fruits and vegetables, watch portion sizes, exercise a half hour a day, and avoid snacking. Health Psychology says that this advice is part of a sensible weight loss plan and is likely to result in a loss of 1 to 2 pounds a week even without the inclusion of the Miracle Diet.

According to Marya Wegenka at Vanderbilt University, the 48-Hour Hollywood Miracle Diet is not FDA-approved due to it having no fat, no protein, and insufficient vitamins and minerals. According to Wegenka, very low calorie diets may decrease metabolic rate as well as induce metabolic complications. She states that there is a small chance that the 48-Hour Hollywood Miracle Diet may induce gallstones in those who follow the diet. She describes this diet as a controlled form of starvation that may help people lose one to two pounds per week, far short of the ten pounds in two days that is advertised. There is also a risk of binge eating when someone comes off of any very low-calorie diet.

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