The Simplest Diet Cleanse Ever: Foods to Lose


Americans get 7% of their daily calories from sugary beverages, which can wreak havoc in the body. This includes beverage sweetened with sugar (see below) or artificial or natural non-caloric sweeteners in any form (see below). The following items are not allowed on this plan:

  • Energy drinks (regular and diet)
  • Fruit juice (see Foods to Choose: Beverages for diluted fruit juice)
  • “Fruit” drinks
  • Soda (regular and diet)
  • Sweetened coffee
  • Sweetened milk and milk alternatives
  • Sweetened teas (regular and diet)
  • Tonic water


How to Sleuth Out Sugar and Other Sweeteners

There are many names for sugar, so flip the package over and look for any of these on the ingredients list: Agave, brown rice syrup, coconut sugar, corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, fructose, glucose, high fructose corn syrup, honey, maple syrup, molasses, and, of course, sugar.

Non-caloric sweeteners are also off the plan. Be on the lookout for the following items on ingredients lists: aspartame/Equal, monk fruit, saccharin/Sweet-n-low, stevia/Pure Via/Truvia, sucralose/Splenda.