Avoid These Celebrity-Endorsed Health Trends, Experts Say

Since celebrities have to stay fit, they try out many different diet and exercise routines. When they try health trends, other people pick them up. But just because a celebrity does it doesn’t mean that it’s healthy. Some models, actresses, and even athletes promote habits that are unhealthy.

From the lemonade diet to “clean eating” to appetite-suppressant lollipops, celebrities have advertised a wide range of weird health trends. Some are only ineffective, while others could cause organ damage. Experts explain why you should never trust these celebrity health tips.

Beyoncé’s Master Cleanse Lemonade Diet Won’t Work

Beyoncé poses for photos while attending the
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In 2017, Beyoncé repurposed the Master Cleanse Diet from the 1940s, better known as the lemonade diet. It requires people to drink lemonade with maple syrup and cayenne for up to two weeks. Although the diet initially claimed to detoxify, Beyoncé uses it to lose weight. Registered dietitian Audrey Young says that it is dangerous.

Because the lemonade diet has little protein, you can develop nutrient deficiencies and a slower metabolism. There is also no evidence that it detoxifies the body. “At the end of the day, all you’re giving yourself is lemon and sugar,” says celebrity fitness expert Latreal Mitchell.