Gwyneth Paltrow's annual detox diet: is it worth a try?

Gwyneth Paltrow's annual strict January detox is coming to a close. While some of us may not have even managed to kick-start that New Year diet, we take a look at what's been on the menu for the beautiful actress and lifestyle guru, famous for her strict eating regimes and annual detoxes, to see if it's tempting…

Gwyneth's seven-day diet will, she hopes, help rid people not only of the extra pounds gained over Christmas but "heavy metals, fire retardants, and pesticides".

A typical day includes a glass of lemon water, followed by a beetroot smoothie for breakfast, lentil-based soup and wrap for lunch and a supper of "fried rice" made with chopped cauliflower acting as a substitute for rice.

Other key ingredients of the diet designed by the actress, one of the most devoted A-list proponents of a strict health and fitness regime, are flax seeds, dandelion leaves, chia seeds, liquidised almonds, kale, coconut flour and quails' eggs.

"Infrared sauna" sessions and colonic irrigation are also detailed as part of the January detox plan on her lifestyle website Goop. According to reports, working out with celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson, known for her grueling gym sessions, is the cherry on top of Gwyneth's get-fit January.

Needless to say, alcohol, caffeine, gluten, added sugar, dairy, soy, corn, tomatoes and potatoes are all off the list.

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"January always signifies detox time for us, and this year is no different," says the star about the plan.

"The more we research, the more concerned about environmental toxins we become."

She explains that she turned to "environmental thought leader" Bruce Lourie to come up with something which would help people “not only drop some accumulated weight, but to get rid of some of the heavy metals, fire retardants, and pesticides in our systems, too".

The lifestyle website goes on to explain that the recipes had cut out most forms of grain "without going overly ascetic" and incorporated a range of garishly coloured smoothies containing ingredients to give people "an extra kick in the pants".

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