The Fat Flush Diet has been around for a few years, and though it may not be the most popular diet around, it is one that has proven to be an interesting option for those interested in weight loss.
The diet was developed by Ann Louise Gittleman, a nutritionist who specializes in holistic nutrition–she even has a PhD in the field. It was actually conceived way back in the late 1980s, when she released her book Beyond Pritikin.
The book talked about how the liver isn’t just the organ that detoxes the body, but it’s also a sort of “fat burning furnace”. The liver must be detoxified first in order for it to function as the fat burning furnace, but once it is, it will effectively burn off fat!
The Fat Flush Plan
The Fat Flush Plan is the eating portion of the Fat Flush Diet, and it involves three phases:
Phase 1: Detox Phase — In this phase, dieters are limited to around 1200 calories per day, and there are no wheat or dairy products permitted while on the diet. Part of those calories are to be consumed in the form of cranberry juice, and dieters must ensure to drink at least 8 glasses of a mixture of water and cranberry juice. The antioxidants in the juice helps to flush out the liver, ensuring that it’s primed and ready for the next phase.
Phase 2: Weight Loss Phase — In this phase, dieters eat with weight loss in mind. The number of calories you can eat increases slightly, and the food restrictions are a bit less stringent. You are allowed to eat a few more carbs than you were allowed in the Detox Phase, with the goal of keeping your body packed with energy for your exercise and active lifestyle.
Phase 3: Lifestyle Eating Plan — Once you have passed through the other two phases, you will have lost much of the weight you wanted to. This phase lasts for the rest of your life, and it helps you to monitor your food intake, balance your nutrients, and control your weight. You eat 40% carbs, 30% protein, and 30% fat, along with doing at least 30 minutes of exercise per day.
Is it Really Effective?
One of the main drawbacks of this diet is the fact that it starts out as a Very Low Calorie Diet. The human body CANNOT function fully on fewer than 1200 calories per day, and larger people (who need to eat more) will find that 1200 calories is just not enough. Even smaller people will struggle to keep up with the 1200 calorie allowance, and eating so few calories can lead to a number of health problems.
However, one good thing about the diet is that it promotes eating all healthy food. All junk food is eliminated from the diet, and sugars and sweets are highly restricted. Only natural, healthy foods are consumed, including natural fats and oils, seeds, nuts, veggies, fruits, and so on. It is a highly regimented diet, but it will help you to make healthier food choices.
Sadly, the diet doesn’t offer the same benefits that other, more balanced diets do, so it’s not the best option for you. The science is a bit outdated, and you may find that it will actually do your body a bit more harm than good.
That being said, it’s worth reading the book on the diet and learning about it yourself. You may find that it will work for you, particularly if you can handle the lower-calorie diet!