When you’re looking to lose weight, any quick fix that promises instant results can easily lure you in. But while those heavily marketed detox diets sound appealing, most of them will end up leaving you hangry and—in the case of juice cleanses—heavier! Yes, you read that correctly: drinking your calories instead of chewing them can actually cause you to gain weight.
“At Fashion Week, some models went on a juice diet and didn’t tell me. Not one lost weight, some actually gained weight. That got me in big trouble,” personal trainer Justin Gelband, who trains Victoria’s Secret models Karlie Kloss, Candice Swanepoel, and Miranda Kerr confessed to Business Insider.
Models and non-runway-familiar folks alike often replace their meals with fruit and veggie juices in hopes of losing weight fast, but even if you’ve got a wedding to slim down for or just binged on junk food last night, juicing definitely shouldn’t be your quick fix of choice. When you replace whole foods with just juice, “Your body goes into conservation mode because it doesn’t know when its next meal is going to be,” which will slow down your metabolism and potentially cause you to gain weight, says nutritionist Ilyse Schapiro MS, RD, CDN.
So if you’ve got a hot date this weekend and wish to flatten your tummy in no time, step away from the juicer and try these 25 Healthy Ways To Detox Without Juicing instead.