Intravenous Drips: Not Just For the Hospitalized

Detoxing (the respectable way to refer to starving yourself to drop as many pounds as possible in as short a time as possible) has been cleverly co-opted by makers of "cleanse" drinks, like Blueprint (Tatiana Boncompagni's favorite, just $75 for a day's worth of vegetable water!), which has replaced last year's cayenne pepper and maple syrup "master cleanse" as the fashionable way to get skinny while pretending you're relieving your organs of toxins. The new issue of Allure dedicates an entire feature to "detox diets," with quotes from the pushers of drinks like Blueprint and their devotees. Sorry Allure, simply replacing solid food with liquid is passé—anyone who's anyone is removing the digestive system from the equation entirely and hooking themselves up to an IV.

A multi-vitamin intravenous "banana bag" drip, the kind normally used for medical emergencies, is reportedly the latest must-have accessory among the rich and vain, as it allows your body to obtain nutrients with no scary risk of calorie absorption—not to mention none of the BS of "detoxing" and "cleansing." According to "nutritional psychologist" Marc Banner, allegedly a "diet guru" to supermodels, a vitamin drip will "fill in the nutritional blanks. What's good is that if you're going to deprive yourself of food, then you might as well supplement your diet." Marvelous! Although not everyone does it full time. "They dabble with it," says J-Lo's personal trainer Gunnar Peterson. "You know, eating breakfast and lunch and then having an IV dinner." Well, some people just lack commitment!

Going bananas for IV: The A-lister's new diet craze involving an intravenous drip and a bag full of vitamins [Daily Mail]