The Fruit Flush Diet
Can you lose weight by eating fruit every two hours? The Fruit Flush Diet, often referred to as simply the Fruit Diet, is getting a lot of attention by promising an astonishing 9-10 pound weight loss in just three days.
“During the 3-Day Fruit Flush, your system is relieved of the digestive burden of eating other foods and can clean out its system while burning fat because fruit is nature’s perfect cleansing food," says personal trainer and certified clinical nutritionist Jay Robb, author of the Fruit Flush 3 Day Detox.
According to Robb’s book, which is available on his web site, nutrients in fruit help dissolve toxic buildup and the water and fiber content of fruit flush it out. He says following the 3 Day Fruit Flush will help flush out toxins that result from a diet of overly processed foods, artificial ingredients, alcohol, junk food, and more.
What makes this quick weight loss plan different from others is that it includes lean protein to spare the body’s muscle and help burn fat, says Robb, who is not a registered dietitian.
"When you eat fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean protein for 36 hours, you go into a fat-burning mode which preserves your muscle mass," he says.
He acknowledges that about half of the 9-10 pound weight loss you can expect during the 3-Day Fruit Flush will come from water, especially if your diet is very low in sodium. (Some experts think this percentage could be even higher.) But Robb says the fast weight loss is a great motivator for anyone starting a long-term weight loss program.
The Fruit Flush Diet requires only two steps. On the first day, you drink protein shakes. This is followed by two days of eating fresh fruit every two hours, plus a dinner meal of raw vegetables and a small amount of lean protein or a protein shake.
The diet provides about 900-1,000 calories each day, with about 100-125 grams of protein on day one and about 50 grams of protein on the other two days, depending on the type of protein powder you use.
Robb's 3 Day Fruit Flush diet is different from the diet he calls the Fruit Diet, a 14-day program with slightly more calories and an "accelerated fruit flush plan" consisting of unlimited fresh fruit during the day, plus an evening meal of protein, vegetables, salad, and healthy fats. But in general, whenever fruit is the foundation of a diet plan, it could be called a fruit diet. Some people follow an all-fruit diet for a day a week or three days a month.
The Fruit Flush Diet: What You Can Eat
Beyond fresh fruit, raw vegetables, protein drinks, and lean sources of protein, there is very little you can eat on the Fruit Flush Diet. Dairy, caffeine, coffee, tea, alcohol, diet and regular sodas, starches, cooked vegetables, juices, most fats, and all sweets are prohibited.