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Lose 21 Pounds in 21 Days: The Martha's Vineyard Diet Detox

Level of Effort: High

Besides limiting what you can eat, the plan also calls for getting a "high colonic" at the beginning of the plan and recommends getting lymph drainage massages, cellulite treatment, liver flushes, body wraps, and detoxifying baths. Again, there's no proof that any of this helps your body.

Limitations: You're probably going to eat very differently than you did before this diet or after it ends.

Cooking and shopping: You need to keep organic fruits and vegetables on hand, juicing and blending them into drinks and soups. If you don’t have the time to do all that juicing and soup making, DeLuz sells supplement powder that you mix with distilled water to create a shake.

Packaged foods or meals? Not required.

In-person meetings? No.

Exercise: DeLuz recommends doing very specific forms of movement, including using a Chi Machine and bouncing on a small trampoline called a rebounder to drain lymphatic fluids. Yoga, stretching, and 1-mile leisure walks are also part of the plan.

Does It Allow for Dietary Restrictions or Preferences?

Vegetarians and vegans: These allowed foods would work for you:

  • Juiced, pureed, or powdered garlic
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Celery
  • Collard greens
  • Eggplant
  • Kale
  • Beets
  • Onions
  • Radishes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Summer squashes
  • Most green vegetables
  • Tomatoes
  • Purple cabbage

Gluten-free: You'd need to check the diet's web site to see if the kit of products is gluten-free.

What Else You Should Know

Costs: If following the plan to the letter, you would also take enzyme capsules, an herbal cleansing formula, and aloe vera. DeLuz sells all of this on her web site in a kit for $199 plus shipping and handling.

A better, cheaper, and less punishing path to weight loss and good health, say nutritionists, is to eat a variety of fresh produce, lean meats, low-fat dairy, and whole grains while avoiding processed foods, salt, and too much alcohol.

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WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD on December 04, 2013

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