What is the fruit flush diet

Is it possible for someone to lose weight just by eating a piece of fruit every two hours? If you are to believe the fruit flush diet followers, then this is quite possible.

A diet, which claims to keep you on a three day detox, the fruit flush diet apparently aids in flushing out toxins from the body. These 'toxins' supposedly accumulate in the body because of alcohol, junk food, artificial ingredients, and processed foods. Today, Dr. Simran Saini, Weight Loss Management Consultant at Fortis Hospital, tells us about the fruit flush diet and if it really is a healthy weight loss diet.

The main point of consideration for the fruit flush diet is to eat natural and unprocessed food like fruits and raw vegetables in a good quantity. The diet's followers claim that this flushes out our system of toxins, which we accumulate over a period by eating processed and unhealthy food items. So, the diet advises fruits or vegetables every two hours to feed the system in a healthy manner.

How the fruit flush diet works. The diet propogrates lean proteins in the form of whey protein shakes, which supposedly help the body enter the 'fat burning mode.' Secondly, the high intake of water and fiber in the form of fruits and raw vegetables makes the system burn calories at the benefit of optimum nutrition. This results in sudden weight loss as the body goes through a complete overhaul from its regular routine.

Food items one can/cannot eat in this diet. One can eat foods such as whey protein shakes, fresh fruits (all varieties), fresh raw vegetables, olive oil for salad dressings and lean protein sources (such as chicken and fish). One cannot eat dairy, caffeine in the form of coffee, tea, alcohol, diet and regular sodas, cooked vegetables, juices, fats in any form and sweets in any form.

A sample plan of the foods in this diet: - Day 1 (Pre-flush): Every two hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., drink a 6-ounce protein drink (avoid any sweeteners, artificial colors), followed by water. Dinner: 2 medium bowls of raw vegetable salad, with 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil. A serving of 4 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 a glass of water. Dinner: 2 medium bowls of raw vegetable salad with 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus half a lemon. All this along with a protein shake at dinner.

Advantages of the diet. A few advantages of this diet are: - Good to neutralize the effects of overindulgence in processed and fat loaded foods prior to commencement of a healthy eating program.

- Helps your system take rest and rejuvenate.

- Gives quick weight loss.

- A delight for people who like filling their tummy with fruits and vegetables.

Disadvantages of the diet: It is difficult to follow for those with hypoglycemia and blood glucose imbalances. Hunger and fatigue may result in low motivation for the dieter. The fruit flush diet may also result in nutritional deficiencies as only a limited variety of food groups are allowed. The diet promises quick results that may not reflect true, or healthy, weight loss and may not last long.

Verdict on the fruit flush diet. Even if this is considered good as a break from the usual processed food our generation relishes, the fruit flush diet is not a lasting or healthy way of eating. It is not sustainable and it's basis of being a 'detox' diet is not supported by scientific proof.

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