Bella Hadid’s Nutritionist Shares His Detox Tips


When Bella Hadid decided to get in the best shape of her life for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, she called Dr. Charles Passler. The notable New York nutritionist boasts a veritable who’s-who of model and celebrity clientele, who value his sustainable, no-nonsense approach to adopting—and maintaining—a healthy lifestyle. While the majority of us aren’t VS Angels in training, we all have New Year’s resolutions that we intend to keep. So we called the doctor too, and he was kind enough to share his outline for healthy eating and the right way to detox. Here, he explains how to avoid the most common pitfalls, the supplements we all need, and why Mother Nature is the ultimate hero:

Nutrition 101

“The object of any eating plan is to create a specific outline that will incorporate individual needs and lifestyle. The end game is to feel and look your best. Dietary changes and supplements are the key to the process.”

Most Common Mistakes

“Consuming too little food, over exercising, and not understanding the categories and importance of different foods groups. For example, if an individual takes in too few calories, the metabolism will shut down to conserve energy. If they over-exercise, the potential of increased hunger rises, creating a catabolic state where the body is desperate for energy and uses muscle for fuel. Not understanding that protein, fat, and carbohydrates are essential in a balanced diet: Protein is the building block for tissue formation and hormones, fat is used for energy, and neurological support, and carbohydrates are a primary energy source.”

Ease In or Go Full Throttle

“If you live a fairly healthy lifestyle with the occasional splurge, it’s ok to jump into an aggressive detox plan to kick off the New Year. If an individual has been overindulging in food and alcohol for an extended period of time, it may be best to ease into a detox by starting with a healthier eating plan first.”

Detox Essentials

“I define detox as removing unhealthy items from the diet and providing potential nutritional support for the process. Removing all processed foods and focusing on protein and vegetables is the best way to start for the first week to ten days. Adding foods back in a systematic, organized way allows the individual to have a sense of the foods they do or do not do well with. Initially, a plate should be filled three quarters of the way with non-starch vegetables, three to six ounces of protein, and a sprinkling of olive oil.”

Everyone Should Do It

“Because of the current state of our environment, the majority of people would benefit from a detox. Before undertaking a program, any current health conditions should be taken into consideration and evaluated by a healthcare professional.”

Dedicate the Time

“Most individuals will notice a difference in five to seven days. More major changes will depend on their starting point related to health and lifestyle.”

Physical Changes

“Better energy, hair, nails and skin health, clearer eyes, increased energy, and a better overall sense of well-being are just a few of the positive changes you can expect following a detox. “

The Key to Success

“Sticking to it is the most important factor in the success of any program—detox or other. The right mindset is essential if you want to make long-lasting changes.”

If You Only Do One Thing

“Drink a minimum of half your weight in ounces of water and remove all processed foods.”


“The three most important items for the majority of the population is a probiotic to support digestion, the immune system, and detoxification, magnesium to be sure the bowels are moving, and a a fiber supplement to help absorb toxins and ensure bowel motility. There are plenty of other detoxification supplements on the market that can help too—the basic key ones being zinc, vitamin c, and milk thistle.”

Additional Therapies

“Massage to increase circulation, infrared saunas to stimulate the cells to remove toxins, and light exercise such as walking to increase circulation.”

Cheat Days

“During a detox, cheat days are not a good idea as the concept is to remove the negative effects of having already “cheated.” During a healthy eating program, however, an occasional cheat, no more than once per week, is fine.”

Blacklisted Foods

“Processed foods made from ingredients that are not found in nature.”

The Golden Rule

“Nature is our hero—if a food can be plucked from nature, it is an excellent choice to eat.”


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