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10/01/02 - Tyler

Hollywood 48 Hour Miracle Diet: "Does It Work?"

Lose 10 pounds in 2 days. Got your attention, right? The Hollywood 48-hour Miracle Diet touts itself as a European spa in a bottle... a "miracle juice", scientifically formulated, to cleanse your body and help you lose up to 10 pounds or more in just 48 hours. Ah... but "Does It Work?"

It was an offer our Mark Scirto just couldn't say no to. "It's one of the very few things on TV I've even been curious about," Mark said.

"Important, for best results do not consume food," the back of the bottle says.

Mark started the diet at home on a Saturday morning, mixing with water, per directions. The instructions tell Mark to sip on the special blend of fruits, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential oils for 4 hours.

Two days later, we meet again. And guess what? Mark didn't lose 10 pounds in 48 hours. He lost it in 36 hours!

"I started early Saturday morning. And by Sunday at 3:30 in the afternoon, I jumped back on the scale and I had lost 10 pounds."

10 pounds... 0 problems.

"You feel better because you really feel like you're not sloshing around. You've lost so much water weight. Again on Sunday morning when I went to church I felt great. My clothes really did fit a little bit better," Mark said.

So "Does It Work?" We give the Hollywood 48 Hour Miracle Diet, a yes...

But there's a "but".

"It works. I don't believe there's any doubt that this particular product works," says Channel 7 MedTeam Dr. Ed Dominguez. "But it's not always safe to do it and that's the big thing. It's not always safe."

The bottle warns that you should consult your doctor first, but knowing people don't always heed those warnings, we tried to narrow down just who's at risk.

"it's gonna be people who are older-- generally over the age of 65," says Dr. Dominguez. "People who are taking any kind of heart medication or blood pressure medicine, clearly are not candidates for this... people with a history of kidney disease, people with a history of liver disease, people with a history of heart failure, diabetics." And that's just a partial list. The danger? "The biggest danger of getting rid of the fluid quickly is that your body is going to go through some tremendous shifts," Dr. Dominguez says. "You may wind up concentrating your blood a little more than it should be concentrated. You may wind up dehydrating yourself and that's probably the biggest risk."

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