Lose 21 Pounds in 21 Days: The Martha's Vineyard Diet Detox
What It Is
Lose 21 Pounds in 21 Days: The Martha's Vineyard Diet Detox is not a
diet, but a detoxification program designed both to "cleanse" the
body and cause
weight loss. Author Roni DeLuz, a registered nurse and naturopathic doctor
(not to be confused with a medical doctor) says she created the liquid diet
when she was trying to heal herself.
Dieters are supposed to cleanse their bodies by drinking liquids every two
hours. They choose from a limited number of options including water, homemade
soups, juices made from
fruits and vegetables, and powdered antioxidant berry and green drinks
available from the author's web site.
In theory, once free of toxins, your body functions better and your
metabolism soars so you can shed those extra pounds. According to the author,
this "is not a so-called weight loss diet; it is a safe, 100% natural
healthy detox that allows you to safely lose 21 pounds in 21
The Lose 21 Pounds in 21 Days plan is based on three principles:
rest, reduce, and rebuild. "Rest comes from not chewing and ingesting
nutrients in liquid form. Eliminating toxins, resting the body and engaging in
elimination therapy, you cleanse and rebuild the body so it can shed
weight," says DeLuz.
Dieters choose between a two-day weekend plan, a seven-day plan, or the full
21-day plan, all with a similar schedule of drinking every two hours. DeLuz
recommends a 21-day detox yearly, a seven-day cleanup each calendar season, and
a weekend detox each week.
Supplements including enzyme capsules, an herb cleansing formula, and aloe
vera, as well as services like lymph drainage massages, cellulite treatment,
liver flushes, kidney cleanses, body wraps, detoxifying baths, and weekly
coffee enemas and colonics are part of the plan.
Exercise is included, as long as it can be tolerated and is approved by your
doctor. But the recommended physical activity is limited to walking,
yoga, a chi machine (a so-called "passive aerobic exerciser"), or
jumping on a trampoline, which is encouraged for lymphatic draining to help
your body "oxygenate," according to DeLuz.
After 21 days, dieters go off the detox plan carefully, because their
cleaned bodies will "no longer tolerate processed and junk foods, which
weight gain," explains DeLuz. The author recommends slowly awakening
digestive system with a daily protein powder supplement along with
vegetables, soy milk, 3-4 ounces of salmon, and 1 cup nonfat yogurt. More
nutritious foods are then added. Nutritional supplements (green drinks, berry
drink, and protein shakes) continue to be recommended in smaller doses.
What You Can Eat
Every two hours, you drink a designated liquid. And at the end of the day,
you've consumed 40-48 ounces of water, 32-40 ounces of herbal tea, 16 ounces of
vegetable-based soup, and 32 ounces of either a green drink made from
vegetables, vegetable juice, or a berry drink.