Cheryl and Beyonce use same cleanse regime

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Cheryl Cole‘s former bodyguard Craig Balkam, 42, got to know the singer well when he looked after her last year – in the UK and the US.

The 6ft 3in minder, nicknamed Big Craig, began working alongside Cheryl, 28, in June 2010 and claims she went on regular purges to keep herself in trim.

‘She did these “lemon cleanses” where she wouldn’t consume anything except lemon juice and water with a dash of cayenne pepper and maple syrup, Craig confided in a friend, reports the Sunday Mirror.

The maple syrup liquid diet hit the headlines in 2006 when Beyonce used it to lose 20lb for her role in the movie Dreamgirls.

Also known as the lemon detox, the regime was devised more than 30 years ago by naturopath Stanley Burroughs.

There are different versions, from the extreme one – 2 weeks with no solid food
and just the drink – to a lighter one, with only one meal a day replaced by
the concoction.

Beyonce took the more draconian route.

‘It was a liquid diet where you lose weight really fast,’ she explained at the time. ‘But I put the weight back on as soon as I finished.

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