Fat Flush: Diet Plan
According to the Fat Flush Plan, human liver is a unique body organ, which can either contribute to weight gain or promote weight loss. Does it sound strange? Well, it may really sound controversial, but Ann Louise Gittleman, the author of the diet, claims that liver overloaded with pollutants and toxins is the major roadblock for any weight-loss program. On the other hand, detoxified, cleansed and rejuvenated liver may become the primary fat burning furnace of the human body. That is why the major task of the Fat Flush Diet is to ensure quick and effective weight-loss by means of liver cleansing. So, let’s look what weapons are prepared by the Fat Flush Plan to help dieters detoxify their bodies and achieve success in their struggle against the excessive body weight.
Daily cranberry drink, lean proteins, green fiber-rich vegetables, flaxseed oil, GLA and CLA supplements plus cutting off the consumption of coffee, margarine, alcohol, sugar and refined carbohydrates, as well as grains, starchy vegetables and dairy products seem to be the major key constituents of the Fat Flush diet plan.
In fact, the ration of a Fat Flush dieter changes depending on the diet phase. Thus, the first phase, known as “The Two-Week Fat Flush”, is the most restrictive and tough period of dieting. The total calories intake is limited to 1100 – 1200 calories per day. It is the low-carbohydrate diet stage, when one is recommended not to eat grains, cereals, starchy vegetables, such as beans or potato, and, of course, no table sugar and alcohol. Consumption of any dairy products during the first two weeks of dieting with the Fat Flush is forbidden.
In order to promote detoxification of liver and the whole organism in general, a dieter is recommended to have “The Long Life Cocktail” (cranberries is the main constituent of this drink) daily or to drink a glass of hot water with fresh lemon in the morning after waking up. Besides, one should consume a lot of water (up to 9-12 glasses per day) during the whole day to eliminate all the toxins and waste products from the body. Ann Gittleman believes that during a day one should drink as much pure water in ounces as one half of his weight in pounds (e.g., a 200 pounds man should drink 100 ounces of water). This recommendation means drinking a glass of water every half an hour during the day.
Instead of trans- and saturated fats found in many highly-processed products or fried foods, Ann Louise promotes consumption of flaxseed oil. Two tablespoons of flaxseed oil and essential fatty acid supplements, such as gamma linolenic acid (GLA) and conjugated linolenic acid (CLA), should be taken on a daily basis.
The second phase of the diet or “The Ongoing Fat Flush” brings some easiness to the eating regimen of a dieter. One is permitted to re-introduce many of the carbohydrate products, and the total calories intake can be increased up to 1200 – 1500 calories per day.
When a dieter reaches his optimal body weight, he is welcomed into “The Lifestyle Eating Plan”, which is the third stage of a diet. Here a dieter is allowed to build his menu on the basis of 40/30/30 ratio, which means that 40% of the calories should be taken from carbohydrates, 30 – from proteins, and 30 – from fats.
Speaking about the protein sources, the Fat Flush diet recommends lean organic meat, fish, poultry, and eggs, which are especially praised for their ability to regulate the bile production in liver. One is encouraged to have up to 8oz. of protein and two eggs per day.
The attention of the Fat Flush Plan is focused on the certain spices and cleansing herbs too. Ginger, cinnamon, mustard, parsley and especially cayenne are among the recommended spices due to their proventhermogenic and diuretic capabilities. Milk thistle, licorice, dandelion, schisandra, and burdock belong to the herbs, promoted by the Fat Flush diet as the cleansing herbal remedies.
A few words should be said about the time regimen of the Fat Flush diet. Ann Louise Gettleman recommends eating every 2-3 hours. Of course, it means mainly snacks, and not full-size meals to be eaten every 2-3 hours. A couple of almonds, an apple or just a hard-boiled egg are OK to balance blood sugar and keep insulin level under control.
Finally, the last but not least constituent of the Fat Flush Plan to be mentioned in this article is exercising. Bouncing, brisk walking, stretching, and balanced resistance training are included into every phase of Fat Flush weight-loss program.