The Taco Cleanse Is a Real Diet — and Involves Eating Tacos All Day

01/04/2016 at 01:31 PM ET

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Now, here’s a cleanse we can get behind.

Thanks to the self-proclaimed “taco scientists” and authors of the new book The Taco Cleanse, there’s finally a new trendy diet plan that aligns with our kind of New Year’s resolution.

Creators Wes Allison, Stephanie Bogdanich, Molly R. Frisinger and Jessica Morris developed the book after eating tacos for breakfast, lunch and dinner for 30 days straight—and are encouraging others to do the same.

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The scientists provide all the necessities for following a taco-based lifestyle including five recipes for tortillas (there’s a waffle version!), over 35 vegan recipes for fillings and all the fixings to compliment them.

While the detox plan doesn’t promise weight loss, there are plenty of other benefits.

“A taco consumed within three hours of waking, colloquially called a ‘breakfast taco,’ has been anecdotally proven to erase the ill effects of the previous night’s toxic indulgence. A midday taco frequently results in more positive physical effects,” reads the book. “The spicy taco consumed prior to sleep stimulates the nocturnal imagination and has been used by taco spiritualists to induce prophetic dreams.”

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So is the Taco Cleanse right for you? If the debut of the taco emoji was the highlight of your 2015, it’s safe to say the answer is definitely yes.

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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Kathy dobs on

Taco diet sounds good, I love your magazine!!!

homeskillit on

how can you NOT win with tacos!

Sceptical on

Wow, people are dumb. Would love to read the published research papers to support these claims (as well as other “detox”claims)

LocoTx on

Not one Mexican name as an author. *Fail*

herkalea on

of course , thats work😀

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Anonymous on

Are you kidding?! Please say you’re kidding!!!

Adam on

LOL, taco spiritualists?!?

Lennie Watson on

Almost a year ago I found a product called Omni Drops. My first week I lost 13 and a half pounds. I ate my own food I prepared myself. I’m down 90 pounds and still have about 50 to go. I think that works much better than tacos! Lmk if you want to loose the weight too!

Skyballs on

@Skeptical – you do realize that this book is satire and is poking fun at cleanses, right? Do you still need to see those research papers?

Mikey on

I stopped reading at “detox”.
I was hoping this was some sort of actual balanced diet plan involving delicious tacos, but it’s really just bullcrap. Thanks.

Jennifer on

It’s a CLEANSE diet, not a weight loss diet. Anyone whose eaten a lot of Mexican food should be able to figure that out even if it WASN’T right in the title.

Steve on

Mikey I stopped reading at “vegan.” You go on ANY vegan diet, you’re inevitably going to poop a lot. At some point you’ll also be pooping out organs, including your brain.

Aj on

Can you just hit the taco bell drive thru?

Guest on

The other day I made a “bacon taco” where the shell is made from woven bacon. I don’t think it will qualify for the cleanse diet but………O. M. G. was it ever good. Stuffed with bit of baked beans, scrambled eggs, spinach, tomato, cheese and sour cream – gotta do it one time!

jayleen on

A fool and their money are soon parted.

Peachy on

It’s just ridiculous. The concept of a taco being a detox type diet, considering the taco will probably be made from GMO corn… Eat the filling…replace the taco with a complex carb…rice/grains. Whole food diet is the best way to detox and start a diet. Eat all you want at first, then cut back when you stop losing weight. Simple.

Teri on

Wow….sad & pathetic

Guest on

If you ate tacos with all low fat ingredients, for three meals a day, you probably would lose some weight. It’d be boring because no fun stuff like guacamole and sour cream. It’s like that Subway diet. It worked…but then it’s founder started sleeping with 11 yr olds…

skb on

I’m going to town right now and buy the book and on the way home stop at Taco Bueno…. yahoo!!!

Ken on

After a couple days reference—>

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So, they close the restaurant before informing their employees?! Wow. I would be ticked if my boss did this. I guess it just shows what type of bosses these people really were.

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faiza virani-fazal on

Sorry, but tacos? Honestly, I cant figure this one out.
The taco base, which is cornmeal, itself is very constipating and all that meat?…and the cheese?
Dont take me wrong…I LOVE tacos, but the contents in it glue to your stomach and I would’t call that cleansing.
Well maybe the jalepenos….

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