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Nutritionist Slams Gwyneth Paltrow's New 'Starvation-Type' Detox Diet: 'It's Basically No Food Or Nutrition!'

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Jan. 3 2014, Published 4:23 p.m. ET

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As much of the East Coast is battered with blizzard conditions, it might seem like a good time for a hearty bowl of oatmeal or mashed potatoes.

But Gwyneth Paltrow thinks fans should curl up with a nice mug of water -- with lemon if they're lucky.

Wannabe lifestyle guru Paltrow released her annual New Year's detox diet through her Goop newsletter on January 2, and it is heavy on water and spices and little else. Now, a top nutritionist tells exclusively that she's advocating a "starvation-type-diet" that could be seriously dangerous for anyone who follows it.

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Day One of Paltrow's diet, for example, starts off with a glass of "room temperature lemon water." At 8 am, dieters may indulge in a mug of herbal tea. At 10, for breakfast, it's still more tea with various spices and just two tablespoons of almond butter mixed with half a cup of almond milk. At 11:30, it's time for tea or lemon water again. And at 1:30, her recipe for lunch -- which serves four! -- includes just one cup of chickpeas, six cups of water, one large onion, juice from three lemons and salt and pepper. Three hours later, dieters can snack on a paté made from 3/4 cup of walnuts, one cup of lentils, one large onion and seasonings. Finally, dinner time is 1/4 of a stuffed squash.

Hungry yet?

"Basically, there is no food until about 4 in the afternoon, which for a 'winter' detox should be the opposite!" Dr. Fred Pescatore, MPH, CCN tells exclusively.

In addition, , "The only foods on tap are foods meant to make you eliminate waste one way or the other. It is essentially a three-day fast with a bit of protein thrown in."

"There is no doubt that this will make you lose weight," Dr. Pescatore points out, "as this is a starvation-type-diet  with lots of liquid to make you feel full, but nothing to nourish the body or soul. … It's basically no food or nutrition."

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Would-be-dieters would be better off, Dr. Pescatorewww.logicalhealthalternatives says, switching things up. "As for plain detox diets, the food is best eaten early, especially in the winter when we are hungrier in the morning," he explains. "Try working, being a mother, or just trying to exercise on this detox. You would never make it through the day!"

What do you think of Paltrow's diet plan? Let us know in the comments!



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