The Fat Flush plan is a detox diet aimed at cleansing your liver of toxicity, which contributes to weight gain and other conditions, including cellulitis, high blood pressure, and mood swings.
The program is typical of detox diets in that it claims to be able to cleanse your body of toxins, which this plan blames for causing “hidden weight gain.”
These liver toxins are said to also be responsible for skin rashes, high blood pressure, depression, and mood swings, along with a whole host of other conditions.
Type - Detox Diets
Are special products required? - Yes
Is eating out possible? - No
Is the plan family friendly? - No
Do you have to buy a book? - Yes
Is the diet easy to maintain? - No
So how does it work?...
The program is a two week detox diet advertised to be able to melt away hip, waist, and thigh fat by cleaning out your body’s store of toxins and taking with that some fat.
There are special supplements and a drink that are supposedly formulated to cleanse your system and promote weight loss.
The idea behind this detox diet is unique in that it points an accusatory finger at some unusual suspects for causing weight gain: liver toxicity, excess insulin, stress fat, waterlogged tissues, and fear of fats.
According to the author of the Fat Flush Plan , liver toxicity is the main culprit. It is characterized as essentially an overloading of the liver’s natural ability to filter toxins due to the abundance of caffeine, trans fats, various additives and herbs, medications, and the lack of fiber.
Excess insulin and stress fat are related to the body’s reactions to food and stress. Hormonal responses to eating can actually make you hungrier than when you started depending on what you eat (refined carbohydrates in particular are known for this).
You can also become hungrier when stressed, and the same hormone responsible for this deposits extra fat around the midsection.
The author says that the fear of fats in general is misguided and our focus should instead be on reducing saturated fats rather than being so radical as to eliminate all types of fats.
The Diet Plan...
The central features of the Fat Flush Plan are the supplements and the flushing drinks. One drink is made from unsweetened cranberry juice, psyllium fiber, and water. The other detox diet drink is hot water, lemon juice, and ground linseeds.
The author recommends drinking when you first wake up, 20 minutes before lunch, and 20 minutes before dinner. This is the “flush” in the Fat Flush Plan.
Unlike many detox diets or “flushes,” the Fat Flush Plan diet allows you to eat three meals per day.
The diet plan is divided into three phases, each with a different overall daily calorie limit. Phase 1’s limit is 1200 calories, Phase 2’s limit is 1200-1500 calories, and Phase 3’s limit is 1500 calories.
Phase 1 is designed to be the primary liver cleanse and where you can expect the quickest results. Phase 2 is just a transition into Phase 3, which is designed to be a permanent diet plan for life.
Foods that are included in the Fat Flush Plan are supposedly chosen for their detox capabilities, including eggs, cruciferous vegetables, onions, garlic, and several herbs.
Foods that are forbidden in the Fat Flush Plan include sugar, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, flour, wheat, dairy, shortening, and margarine. In general, simple carbohydrates are out.
Is it good for you?...
The science behind the idea of “liver toxicity” and detox for the liver is shaky. There is very little evidence to back up the claims, particularly those that blame liver toxicity for weight gain.
While hormones and stress can definitely play a part, like the author of the Fat Flush Plan admits, toxins are likely not a major reason for obesity and weight gain.
Therefore, the detox part of the Fat Flush Plan is not likely to give you any kind of miraculous “flush” from your body like you might hope after reading all of the claims of this diet.
The foods and herbs may be healthy, but they are not proven to have any special cleansing ability.
The liver and kidneys already do a really good job filtering out toxins, but if anything will help them it is definitely drinking more water.
Linseed oil is another good suggestion of this diet because of the Omega 3 fatty acids that it contains which we need but rarely eat (they are found in fish).
Eliminating entire food groups like dairy have questionable benefits to an average person’s diet, although people with food allergies would benefit.
In general, eliminating an entire group puts your diet out of balance and leaves you with a lot of deficiencies and holes in terms of vitamins and minerals.
The low caloric content of the Fat Flush Plan will probably help you to lose weight, but a more balanced approach might be preferable to most people, one that allows more types of foods.
• Scrambled eggs with spinach, green peppers, spring onions, and parsley
• Grilled salmon with lemon juice and steamed asparagus
•Salad of mixed green leaves, broccoli florets, and sliced or diced cucumber dressed with linseed oil
• Grilled pork chop seasoned with a pinch of mustard powder, with steamed kale
• Baked pattypan squash dressed with linseed oil
• 1/2 large grapefruit