The Fruit Flush Diet
The Fruit Flush Diet: What You Can Eat continued...
Dietary supplements are not recommended.
Here's a sample menu for the Fruit Flush Diet:
Day 1 (Pre-flush)
Every two hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Drink a 6-ounce protein drink (void of any sweeteners, artificial colors, or other ingredients listed below), followed by 8-12 ounces of water
Dinner: 3-6 cups of raw vegetable salad, with 1 to 2 tablespoons olive or flaxseed oil or 1/2 avocado, plus half a lemon or lime
3-6 ounces lean protein or egg whites
Days 2 and 3
Every two hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Eat one serving (approximately 100 calories' worth) of fresh fruit and drink 8-12 ounces water
Dinner: 3-6 cups of raw vegetable salad with 1 to 2 tablespoons olive or flaxseed oil or 1/2 avocado, plus half a lemon or lime
1 protein drink
Protein powders should NOT include:
- Calcium caseinate
- Sodium caseinate
- Acesulfame potassium
- Evaporated cane juice
- Artificial flavors and/or colors
The Fruit Flush Diet: How It Works
Here's how Robb explains the theory behind his weight loss plan: "Fruits and vegetables are lively to the system, and, as a result, the body is relieved of the digestive burden of other foods and can clean house by flushing away toxins and going into a fat-melting mode."
By eating fruit every two hours, you will stabilize blood sugars, he adds.
But the bottom line, some nutrition experts say, is that losing weight is fundamentally about taking in fewer calories than you burn. You will lose weight on the Fruit Flush Diet because it is so low in calories -- not because any toxins are flushed out by fruit, nutrition experts say. There is little evidence to support the notion that any detox diets are effective for long-term weight loss.
American Dietetic Association spokesperson Elisa Zied, MS, RD, says that if you don’t have diabetes, it is fine to eat fruit alone. But a better option, she says, is to eat some protein along with the fruit.
"When you combine protein with fruit, the fiber and protein work in tandem to stabilize blood sugar and make you feel more satisfied than eating fruit alone," says Zied, author of Feed Your Family Right!
Including a minimum amount of protein on days 2 and 3 and a more than adequate amount on day one should help preserve muscle mass while dieters are on the Fruit Flush Diet.
Robb recommends doing the Fruit Flush once weekly for 12 weeks or 1-2 times per month, forever, or whenever you need a tune-up. After completing the Fruit Flush Diet, Robb suggests following a balanced diet that focuses on natural foods with ample calories to meet daily nutritional and energy needs.
Exercise is not recommended during the 3 Day Fruit Flush because of the very low calorie intake, but is encouraged afterward, when dieters move to a higher-calorie diet, Robb says.