Fat Flush Plan

Overview

The Fat Flush Plan is a combination weight loss and detox diet. Developed by Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, a former nutritionist at the Pritikin Longevity Center, this plan promises to melt away fat in just two weeks while also detoxifying your body.

How Is This Diet Supposed to Work?

The basis of this diet is that we need to detoxify our bodies, particularly our livers, to lose extra weight. According to Dr. Gittleman, eliminating certain foods and adding others can boost the liver’s performance, flush fat, and accelerate weight loss.

What’s Involved?

Dr. Gittleman believes that there are five hidden causes of weight gain: liver toxicity, waterlogged tissues which cause bloating and cellulite, fear of eating fat, excess insulin and inflammation, and stress.Her fat flush plan consists of three phases:

Phase One: Two-Week Fat Flush

This is a cleansing program designed to accelerate weight loss from hips, thighs, and buttocks, while detoxifying the liver.
Calories 1,100-1,200 per day
Focus
Foods Allowed
  • Green leafy vegetables such as kale, collards, watercress, and broccoli; other non-starchy vegetables
  • Certain fruits
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Omega-3-enriched eggs
  • Fish, lean meat, skinless chicken, and turkey
  • Unsweetened cranberry juice diluted with water
Foods Not Allowed
  • Trans fats
  • Caffeine
  • Colas, diet sodas, alcohol
  • Aspartame, sugar, and many spices including curries, chili peppers, and black pepper
  • Any vinegars other than apple-cider , soy sauce, mustard, and barbecue sauce
  • Grains, breads, cereals
  • Starchy vegetables such as potatoes, corn, peas, carrots, parsnips, pumpkin, winter squash, and beans
  • Dairy products
  • All oils and fats other than flaxseed oil

Phase Two: Ongoing Fat Flush

This is designed for ongoing weight loss. Remain on this phase until you reach your desired weight loss, which can last two weeks to several months.
Calories 1,200-1,500 per day
Focus
  • Similar to phase one, with the addition of journal writing
Foods Allowed
  • Same as phase one, with the addition of allowing 1-2 friendly carbohydrates back on the menu each week, such as flax bread and sweet potatoes
Foods Not Allowed
  • Same as phase one

Phase Three: Lifestyle Eating Plan

This is the maintenance portion of the program.
Calories over 1,800 per day
Focus
  • Similar to phases one and two.
  • Also includes food combining. For example, not eating fruits and vegetables together, eating one protein per meal, or having flaxseed oil with dairy.
Foods Allowed
  • Same as phase two with the addition of more fruit and oils and limited dairy.
  • Can now work up to a maximum of four friendly carbohydrates per day.
Foods Not Allowed
  • Many of the foods that were eliminated in phase one remain restricted, including coffee, regular tea, diet sodas, alcohol, sweeteners, sugar, and white flour. Note that herbal teas are okay to drink.
In addition, the following dietary supplements are recommended during all three phases: dandelion root, milk thistle, Oregon grape root, methionine, inositol, choline, lipase, chromium, and L-carnitine. This diet also includes an exercise plan that consists of bouncing on a mini-trampoline and walking every day, plus strength training 2-3 times per week. The other main focus of this plan is getting enough sleep. Dr. Gittleman recommends having a bedtime of around 10 pm.

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