If there’s one actress synonymous with fad diets, intense cleanses and strange health rituals, it’s Gwyneth Paltrow
Whether in interviews or more recently, through her website Goop, the Hollywood star seems to be hocking some new health trend every chance she gets.
But this week, the world learned something surprising about Gwynnie: she doesn’t quite practice what she preaches.
Though a long supporter of cleanses (there’s even an annual Goop Detox Cleanse), Gwyneth Paltrow says she’s “basically never cleansing” and that she mostly eats whatever she wants.
The surprising info was part of a recent podcast for Paltrow’s site, where she opened up about her health habits of late. In addition to sharing her cleansing habits (or lack thereof), she also said she has a smoothie for breakfast, a healthy lunch and then anything goes for dinner (though she does try to avoid highly processed foods and high-fructose corn syrup).
If you follow Gwyneth Paltrow or Goop, you know she used to be a big supporter of cleanses — so why the shift in attitude?
Turns out, experts aren’t on board with most of Paltrow’s health practices, including cleanses. Dr. Susan Biali, a medical doctor and wellness expert, says cleanses are actually quite dangerous, as they can damage organs like your kidneys and liver. In fact, there was one case of cardiac poisoning linked to an herbal internal cleanse.
While they usually result in quick weight loss (as most extreme low-calorie dieting does), the pounds often creep back as soon as the cleanser starts eating normally again.
Every expert suggests talking to a doctor before starting any type of cleanse (red flag, no?), and many argue that detoxes are completely unnecessary since our bodies detox naturally. (It’s why we have a liver, kidneys and skin after all.)
So all that said, it sounds like cleanses are nothing but a cash grab for Gwyneth and Goop.