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Monday, April 20, 2009

Does The Fat Flush Diet Plan Work Or Is Just Another Fad?

The Fat Flush diet plan was devised by nutritionist Ann Louise Gittleman who believes that the keys to being overweight are liver toxicity, waterlogged tissues, fear of eating fat, excess insulin, and stress. Despite Gittleman stating that her plan is “as easy as 1-2-3”, the Fat Flush diet plan has been described by one reader as “incredibly complex in its explanations and expectations of its followers”.

The Fat Flush diet plan instructs followers to avoid white flour, white sugar, margarine, vegetable shortening, artificial sweeteners and caffeine and emphasizes 8 ounces or more of protein including two eggs a day, healthy fats such as Omega 3 and 6, vegetables, spices, water, and 8 glasses a day of diuretic beverages.

Like the South Beach Diet and similar diet programs, the Fat Flush diet plan is divided into three phases with the first phase being extremely restrictive. In phase one of the Fat Flush diet plan, you are told to consume 1,100 to 1,200 calories a day, which for many people will be far less than what their body requires. You also eliminate grains, bread, cereal, starchy vegetables, dairy products, alcohol and oils/fats (except flax seed oil).

After two weeks on the Fat Flush diet plan, or four weeks if you have more than more than 25 pounds to lose, you gradually increase your calorie consumption and add healthy carbohydrates and dairy products while avoiding the bad foods mentioned while following certain rules, such as having one protein food with each meal, not eating vegetables and fruits together, not having milk and meat together, and not drinking water with meals.

The Fat Flush diet plan claims that it "melts fat from hips, waist and thighs in two weeks" and that it reshapes and detoxifies the body. However, there are no clinical studies to support the Fat Flush diet plan’s effectiveness for taking weight off and keeping it off. Detox diets usually have very little evidence to support their wild claims and most experts do not buy into the whole concept of “fat flushing”.

Therese Franzese, M.S., R.D., director of nutrition at Chelsea Piers Sports Complex in New York City, says you cannot detox your liver or speed up your metabolism with specific foods. She also says that any weight loss that results from the Fat Flush diet plan stems solely from a calorie deficit.

In terms of physical activity and exercise, the Fat Flush diet plan recommends walking and bouncing on a mini-trampoline in the initial phases, with weight training coming in phase three. While I agree with the weight training recommendation, I'm left wondering how walking and a mini-trampoline, as the Fat Flush diet plan suggests, can be effective for a world where at least 400 million are obese.

Another factor to take into account is that the Fat Flush diet plan would be very challenging you are vegetarian or vegan as animal proteins play a big role in this diet. In addition, the Fat Flush diet plan can be costly since you have to shell out big bucks for supplements, powders, and oils, in addition to more fish and meat you may be used to buying.

In summary, the Fat Flush diet plan teaches some very important lessons such as the importance of drinking water, consuming healthy fats, eliminating junk carbs and caffeine, and limiting alcohol. However, like many diets the Fat Flush diet plan makes the mistake of recommending a low-carbohydrate and low-calorie initial phase which for many people can have lasting health consequences.

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