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ONLY ON KOLD: Juicing craze makes headway

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

In the battle of the bulge, blenders are now in the mix.

"I really never expected to change my diet and feel younger," one grandmother said as she jumped for joy.

"I was stuck there as a chunky lady, and I didn't like being that."

"It really has changed her." Teresa Legrand's grandchildren were the ones to suggest the idea.

"It wasn't anything special," Legrand said. "I didn't have any surgeries [and] I didn't go on any medications to do it. I just got healthy with what I was eating."

Legrand started juicing, making juice drinks of organic fruits and vegetables.

She went 50 days with just drinking the juice.

"Going off food isn't easy, we're all used to chewing," she said.

She has now integrated solid food back into her diet. She went from a size 14 to 4.

"For the first time in my entire life, my doctor said, 'You don't need to lose anymore weight.'"

"I lost 23 pounds and had just unbelievable energy," said another juicer Peter Glickman.

Glickman recently wrote about the master cleanse. He says it was developed in the 1950s, but that the liquid diet is back and the way to go.

"The purpose of the detoxification is to get out the toxins and other substances that make people tired, old irritable, unhappy and not function well and zap their energy."

To do the diet, you turn veggies like carrots, celery- anything really- into liquid.

And this is all you drink for days at a time.

But is the liquid diet just a quick fix? Is it even healthy?

A chiropractor in Virginia was recently reprimanded for going beyond his duties.

He put a patient on a weight loss program that included a 5-day liquids-only detoxification. The patient had an irregular heart beat and the diet caused heart palpitations.

"If you're a young healthy person, you're probably going to be OK- Probably!" Madge Zacharies said.

Health expert Zacharias has been looking into the juice diet craze and believes people are just assuming its healthy because it involves fruits and veggies.

"Understand we're juicing this: We're taking out the pulp, we're taking out the fiber. We're being left basically sugar, and yes, some vitamins and anti-oxidants, but it's not a way to live."

She believes juicing may not necessarily hurt a healthy person, but it's not really helping them either.

"It keeps coming down to the fact that it's a diet. We've got to do this for life and nobody is going to drink juice for life. Even if you could make the perfect juice, make it healthy, it's not a lifestyle."

Some people are staunch believers in the diet. Others said there needs to be more research on how it affects the body. Either way, most experts we found said you should check with your doctor before even trying it, as with any diet.

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