The Fat Flush Plan

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The Fat Flush Diet's unique, ground-breaking program targets cleansing the liver -- the largest, most versatile organ in the body -- and the one most essential to maintaining optimal body weight. Based on a satisfying, healthful, and cleansing combination of essential fats, balanced proteins, and quality carbohydrates, this detoxifying process boosts the liver's ability to function at its highest level, accelerating weight loss while improving your health. Usage: by Ann Louise Gittleman, Barry Sears (Introduction) (Hardcover) Ingredients: Book

The keys to overweight are liver toxicity, waterlogged tissues, fear of eating fat, excess insulin, and stress, asserts nutritionist Ann Louise Gittleman. Her Fat Flush Plan addresses these problems with a targeted diet.

The Fat Flush Plan, filled with nutritional analysis and detailed explanations, is not a quick read. Despite Gittleman's assertion that the plan is "as easy as 1-2-3," it is quite regimented. No white flour, white sugar, margarine, vegetable shortening, artificial sweeteners, or caffeine. The diet emphasizes essential oils (e.g., flaxseed and GLA), protein (eight ounces or more, plus two eggs a day), vegetables, thermogenic spices (e.g., ginger and cayenne), water, and diuretic beverages (eight glasses/day of diluted, unsweetened cranberry juice). In its first two-week phase, the plan is a rigid, low calorie (1,100-1,200 calories/day), low-carb (no grains or starchy vegetables) diet. Phase two lets you increase your calories to 1,500 and add two "friendly carbs." Phase three, the "lifestyle program," moderately adds more dairy, carbs, and calories. Gittleman promotes walking and recommends strength training in phase three.

The book includes 41 recipes such as Grilled Lamb Chops with Cinnamon and Coriander, Breakfast Egg Fu Yung, and Cumin Saut®¶ed Scallops. The Fat Flush Plan is recommended for dieters willing to commit to a strict plan for weight loss. --Joan Price

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Customer Reviews:

  • Not working
    The book gave a lot of technical knowledge on how the body works. However, the dietary suggestions in the book have taken a toll on my budget. I also purchased the weight loss supplements and they are not working. ...more info
  • I'm a fatty lets flush...
    If you eat less calories than you burn, you will lose weight. This book provides a program, recipes and plan to help you do that. Eating the recipes provided by this book is a sure fire way to lose weight. #1 because they are very low in calories. #2 because they are pretty bland and not that tasty.

    If you are looking for a kickstart to a diet\exercise program this would work great but I don't see anyone eating this way long term....more info
  • Reduce cellulite?
    A plan that helps you reduce cellulite! This book promises a practical plan for getting healthy that may do exactly that....more info
  • The Best Diet Plan Ever!
    Can you give up 2 weeks of your normal eating? If so, this diet is for you!

    I have tried every diet known to mankind including Jenny Craig. I spent tons of money and only lost to regain it when I quit the diet. The older I am getting the more dimples appear on my thighs. After only two weeks on this diet I lost 12.5 lbs and over 11 inches (4 inches of it off of my waist)! The dimples are already showing improvement.

    I have given up milk while doing the first two phases and I must confess that I am a "milkoholic". I also have never liked eggs before. However, the omega-3 eggs that the diet requires you eat--really do not taste bad. Also, when you quit eating carbs you no longer crave them. I feel like I am no longer a slave to cravings. I now have almost everyone I know on this diet because it is easy to do and you get results fast.

    In Dieting,
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  • Disappointingly close to the Sears "Zone Diet" and unnecessarily complex...
    This book is incredibly complex in its explanations and expectations of its followers. In the end, Fat Flush is very close to the Zone Diet. I would be very interested in a controlled outcome study of Fat Flush vs. the Zone Diet; and Fat Flush is more exacting. Good if you are obsessional and like something really complex....more info
  • WoW Great book
    I have used this book to revamp my eating habits and make a healthy lifestyle change. It works and it is not as hard as I thought. I love the way I feel. More energy, better eating habits, and I just feel great. By this book and try it, what do you have to loose--except the weight!...more info
  • Lost 10 lbs in a month
    This was a very well thought out book.Easy to understand and follow. I used all the recipes in the book, they were fantastic! This is the healthiest I have ever felt inside and out, and it truley did take away cellulite. Drink the cran water...Lost 10 lbs. in a month....more info
  • Very Useful!
    This book is more about flushing out the liver, than flushing out fat. But that is why I like it. This book explains why it is so hard for me to lose liver is clogged up. I have changed the way I eat and have lost weight, even over the holidays. This book is a very practical plan for getting healthy and losing weight. There are some great recipies in the back too. I really like the lime garlic salad dresssing!...more info
  • Great diet program!
    While I can understand that changing your eating habits can be difficult, I find the Fat Flush Plan to be relatively simple and convenient in comparison to most other diet plans out on the market. I know, because I study nutrition and have had multiple clients have dramatic results when following this plan as compared to other popular diet "trends."

    Every one is unique...We all have different thumbprints. One of the benefits of the Fat Flush program is that it targets the different weight gain factors that each person faces. For some, weight gain may be triggered by hormonal imbalances, for others, it may simply be due to stress. (And we all have stress, to some degree!) The beauty of the Fat Flush Plan is that it addresses several of the hidden weight gain factors and it details exactly what you can do to overcome these obstacles, achieving your personal weight goals and overall health and vitality.

    There are 3 phases to the plan. Yes...the 1st phase is the most restrictive. But I believe you will find that by phase 3, this plan is easy, simple and great for anyone! (Even for those who have hectic and busy lifestyles!)

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who is searching for an effective, cost-effecient, and safe way to lose weight and keep it off!...more info
  • Not realistic for most people
    While I found the writing style good and the information interesting, the actual diet was unrealistic, too restrictive and lacking fun basics that make other diets tolerable. I found myself longing for spices (how bad could pepper really be?) and questioning the validity of their restriction. I couldn't stand the ground-up flax seeds in my cranberry cocktail - the texture reminded me of trying to drink mud with little bugs in it (or what I imagine that to be).

    I'm not writing this to disparage anyone from trying the diet - if you can handle the restrictions and you have the self-control required, you might find this diet doable and rewarding. I tried the Fat Flush with a group from work - inspired by one woman who is able to do the flush again and again every year (she always gains the weight back). The rest of us, while successful for varying degrees of short periods, found the diet unrealistic for any long-term results - all of us gained the weight back and spurred by instant weight loss, some even picked up worse habits than they began with.

    The funny thing is I found much of the health information useful or interesting, but I got rid of the book b/c sitting on my shelf it reminded me of unrealistic goals and failure - not what I want out of a get-healthy plan.

    I'm writing this review so that others don't get sucked in by all of the positive reviews hoping for lasting results - 3 of us didn't have any....more info
  • Amazing book if you're willing to make the commitment
    Ok, I won't try to say that this is an easy eating plan from the outset. I had a lot of trouble initially keeping up with all the supplements, beverage requirements, and restrictions. I wasn't very good about getting everything in each day when I first started, but as time goes on, it gets easier.

    And if you can stick with it, the results can be utterly fantastic. I've lost 21 pounds in 5 weeks (and I have a lot more to lose), but like many, I've found that the other benefits almost eclipse the weight loss. Better sleep, better energy, beautiful skin (and this is coming from someone who has had problem skin for almost 20 years), incredible mood. It's a tough program in some ways--I have to laugh when I go to the grocery store now, there is so little I can eat. But the results really keep you going once you get through the initial phase.

    If you're committed to revamping your body and life, I don't think you could do much better than this book....more info
    I have a pretty healthy diet already but this book was a great education for me and I feel like gave me the down and dirty, nuts and bolts of really effective eating.
    I felt terrific on this plan, great energy, I lost weight in my stomach and thighs but my mental healthy was the most dramatically improved. I just felt better over all eating this way.
    Living with less salt made me taste my food and it also helped me realize that those food cravings I get don't mean I'm some pyscho compulsive eater but that it is a chemistry thing. That felt good to know too!
    This book gave me some much needed information and I refer to it often. ...more info
  • I Feel Great!
    I am a registered nurse and have a pretty good sense of my nutritional needs. Boy was I mistaken. This book made so much sense I felt I had nothing to lose but weight!!! This book has changed my life in just 3 weeks. I have lost 14+ pounds, I have more enery, I'm sleeping soundly and the best was so easy! I feel 10yrs younger, my knees don't hurt when I walk and my skin is glowing. I saw my twin sister yesterday and she was amazed at how great I looked. I've ordered her a copy and she's excited to begin this life altering experience. Thank you Ann are a lifesaver. ...more info
  • Finally Success
    If you are tired of diets that don't bring long term results this is the plan for you.
    I began the Fat Flush Plan in December 2006 after weighing the cost of giving up sugar and following a set plan that would require planning out my food ahead of time and being diligent with what I ate and being consistent with exercise. I decided I was ready to make the commitment. The first two weeks were difficult - getting used to preparing my food ahead of time and scheduling in regular exercise. However, a weight loss of 9 lbs. the first two weeks was all the encouragement I needed to stick with the plan. Seven months later and 56 pounds lighter I am now at my goal weight and doing the on-going Fat Flush Plan. This is a life-style change for me that is helping me keep the weight off!!! The book answered all my questions, gave me easy to follow suggestions for what to eat and how to keep my blood sugars balanced. Having been diagnosed as Insulin Resistant, I knew I needed to do something to get the extra weight off. Eating 3 main meals and 2 snacks seemed a lot, but I was pleasantly surprised to see the weight coming off. Over the course of 7 months I lost weight consistently, felt healthy and found the eating plan easy to follow. I highly recommend the Fat Flush Plan. The book explains the why's and how's, suggestions of how to keep a food diary and answers your questions. You have nothing to lose BUT excess weight!!
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  • Everyone has got to get this book!
    I just started on the plan and am so excited. The book is very informative and helps to make sense of the crazy things we put our bodies through. Not only is the plan easy to follow, but preparation is nothing different from our everyday diets. It is just a lot more healthy than what most of us busy people are used to sticking with. If you don't already have this book, buy it now! You will be so glad you did you will want to tell everybody. Buy them for all your family members too!. It will save you a lot of health problems in the future!...more info
  • Loved It - I Did It With Help!!!!
    After trying several weight loss programs including this one once before; I decided to try a program around the plan developed around the book with FemaleThiink and the author/creator Ann Louise Gittleman. Each week we were guided through the book and the program in a support group. The staff at FemaleThiink has done a great job highlighting how to put this book to the right use. Get the creator involved, monitor and support the whole process, and best of all I was allowed to get individual nutrition guidance from the creator of the plan. (I guess I was kidding myself thinking I was disciplined enough to get the book and follow it on my own). I lost my desired weight and have managed to keep it off. I realize I probably could not have done this without the help and support of the FemaleThiink Fat Flush Plan featuring Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman's education. They cover so much more than what's in the book and the support aspect is the key. I highly recommend this book. Make it a way of life not a diet....your body will love you for it!!...more info
  • Great, but - stock up on Crest White Strips...
    Love this plan - I already ate this way, for the most part: no sugar, white or wheat flour, lean protein, vitamins, lots of veggies - been doing it for years. But I need to take off the last twently pounds to my goal weight. I followed the plan for two weeks, doing the cran-water, and loved it - it truly makes you feel great and you don't crave "extras," as one reviewer put it. I was a little hooked on decaf lattes, for example, but now I eat NOTHING in-between. But - and here it is: I have found that the cran-water stained my teeth...yellow. I had bright white teeth and when I looked in the mirror this evening I almost fainted. What, I asked myself, have I been putting in my mouth more than any other substance lately? Yep. That's right. Cran-water. It doesn't stain teeth red, of course - it stains them yellow, 'cause that's what happens to teeth. And I know, also, because the cran-water stains our porcelain sink if we don't wipe it off right away. So I'm sitting here with Crest White Strips in my mouth, trying to get the stain off, and hoping it works. I suppose I'll just drink a couple of glasses of cran-water a day from now on. Drat! I loved it!...more info
  • Not easy but effective!
    I have just completed the first week of my 2 week "detox". My long term goal is to lose 20 pounds. In my first week I lost 5.5 pounds and 1 1/2 inches off my waist and 1 inch off my hips. I feel great and my skin looks wonderful.

    This is NOT an easy diet to just pick up and do. The book is essential and you will need to refer back to it often. I have found this diet easier than any other I've tried to stay one for a number of reasons. First, you need quite a few supplies such as supplements and speciality oils and foods. I felt like once I made the committment to buy all this stuff I needed to give the diet a fighting chance. I hate wasting money I guess. Second, this book explains the health benefits of everything you do/eat and I feel like I'm really doing something good for myself. Third, I am surprised but I really don't crave the things I can't eat. After the initial few days I haven't found it that hard to stick to. Of course, I'd love to have some off limits stuff but it's not killing me to abstain. You are supposed to eat and drink frequently enough so that I find I'm rarely hungry. Finally, the quick results are really motivating.

    If you are looking for a diet with fast results, this might just be it for you as long as you realize that it takes some planning, committment, and willpower to really work. ...more info
    Over the past seven years my weight keep on increasing. I tried multiple diet and workout programs without any satisfying result. By the time I am going to get married, I need to lose at least 30 pounds, and I am so blessed that I found this book.
    I follow the instruction and I lost over 20lbs in 2 weeks. The best thing is the weight has kept off for months now. The recipes in the book are easy to follow and taste good too. I would really recommend this book for everyone who is serious in losing weight. ...more info
    This book is not enough at all. May be because while i am desperate to lose as much weight as possible, I knew more even than what is in the book. But, I believe it contains valuable info....more info
  • Similar to Lindora and Dr. Oz' You On A Diet
    Buy You On A Diet from Dr. Oz - it's an easier read and very similar, i.e., a lifestyle change to low carb low fat eating - plus the supplements and other tricks to keep your metabolism humming. If you need help/supervision, try Lindora if you live in CA. This is a medically supervised diet clinic that does the same but with support and daily or weekly weigh ins and counseling. All of them teach you the basics of a healthy lifestyle - these are not diets - they are avenues to changing your lifestyle, which is the only way to keep weight off....more info
  • Cleaning Queen
    This is the easiest book to as it says and you will lose...uh? win the diet fight...
    You MUST get all supplies ahead of day one and prepare large salads and snacks and the soup that is listed in the recipes....boil eggs...get bottles of cranberry water ready and clean out all 'off the list' will feel as good as you look and it is only for 2 week....14 days to a new you....why not?
    It's great to be a loser...12 pounds in 2 weeks and I am back to my perfect weight....more info
  • An excellent plan, if you are tough enough!
    How bad do you want to lose it? Because this diet is like boot camp for bulges and cellulite. If you are able to stick to it, you WILL see dramatic results. I am not going to lie, it is tough; the first week is absolutely brutal. But once you get rid of the sugar you won't believe how good you feel! I was sugar free for a few months, and at my son's second birthday party, I tried a sliver of his birthday cake and the sugar made me dizzy and gave me a horrible headache. Once you cut out the refined process foods and get them completely off your palate, you won't believe the natural sweetness of organic, fresh fruits and veggies. What I loved most about this book is that Dr. Gittleman took the time to back her claims with her life's research and work, and she explains things scientifically, but in a way that is understandable. Also there is a wicked awesome online forum, google it and go there for support if you decide to start the plan. Good luck and get ready to flush that fat!...more info
  • The Fat Flush Plan really works!
    This book is very informative. I've learned so much about the foods that I've been eating and why I couldn't lose the weight or keep it off. I've lost 12 pounds so far and plan on losing the last 10 and keeping it off!...more info
  • Save $100+ and your energy. Here's what helped me....
    I hope another woman reads my review and gains from my experience........

    I bought her book collection, chunky supplements and then went to Whole Foods for more of her required flax seed & unsweetened cranberry juice.... Wow. I should have known better beforehand, but I was desperate to make a life change and lose weight. I guess I thought the more severe it sounded & "better for me", the more I could get behind it. For point of reference; I am a female, was 39 years old at the time, 5'6'' and 153 pounds.

    If you buy the book and get on board with this nonsense, the first thing you'll do is spend a tiresome amount of time in your kitchen grinding up fresh flax seeds & Stevia to make her essential unsweetened cranberry juice concoctions. This will die your teeth pink over the following weeks and give you canker sores. I eventually tried drinking the stuff with a straw to get it down easily. Ah, but when you do crunch down on anything you didn't swallow, you'll feel like you're chewing on hard-shelled little beetles. That is just the start..... The tasteless recipes and lifestyle changes were pure chaos to me. If you have a husband and/or any normal eating people around, they're going to look at you like you've lost your marbles. I felt like an idiot micro-managing my diet to the degree that the book requires. I think what the book does is to stop you from wanting to eat at all. Your kitchen will become a place you dread going in to. A real food-loving woman cannot live like that and not be absolutely miserable.

    I did then lose my 30+ pounds over 12 months -by myself!!! What did I do? I bought an elliptical trainer and the DVD box set of "Sex & the city". Instead of watching tv and sitting on the couch every night, I worked out to an episode (just one at first) to get started. (I'm too self conscious to try another gym membership). I figured out what my heart rate should be at for my age & weight and kept at that fat burn level while on my elliptical trainer (and yes, that one element does make a huge difference!). I used to go as fast and hard as I could and not have good weight loss results. An inexpensive heart monitor is all you need. Buy one of those with your $100 instead of this goofy book and her pills. I also slowly worked my way up from 4 pound to 8 pound dumb bells to tone my arms and started doing sit ups.

    My diet: The most substantial result came from when I started to pay attention to how little protein was in my diet. Once I got my protein intake up to 55 grams a day via glasses of milk with milk & egg protein powder (not soy or hemp protein!), I noticed my body to begin to look good really fast! What else? I would strongly advise is NOT to do is to limit the reasonable foods you can and can't eat. I had tried the Adkins diet and failed a year prior; why? Because I love my toast! I don't have to eat a whole loaf to be happy, but if I want to stay sane then I have to have bread in my diet. I also like cheese a whole lot, so I allow myself cheese, too. If you want to stay sane and able to be thin & fit long term, then you must exercise and let yourself eat. If you stop obsessing and let yourself at least taste something when you want, then you probably won't have a binge-fest. I did make a conscious effort to stop eating so many chips (chips and salsa w/bowls of queso). I have tried to create some better options around THAT I ENJOY EATING. After a full year now, I can tell you it really is the lots of little things like that at the end of the year add up to 20+ pounds.

    To recap: Get your protein levels up, heart beating at the right fat-burning rate when you exercise and DON'T deprive yourself food-wise ANYMORE!

    I hope this saves someone else out there the time and money.

    :-) Smiles from Texas!
    Amy...more info
  • Are you serious about your body?
    The way Dr. Gittleman shares information about WHY the food choices, supplements, and meal combinations work so well is a must for anyone who loves their body and wants it to take them a long way down the road.

    Yes, you can lose a great deal of excess pounds and unnecessary body fat, but knowing how the liver is so vital to these processes has opened my eyes to the reality of how much damage we do on a daily basis through our lack of awareness.

    PLEASE make this a part of your life. You'll never regret this purchase!...more info
  • Worth Your While . . .
    Quite simply, the best diet plan I have found. It gets four stars rather than five, because--quite frankly--diet books are not fascinating. But Gittelman's recommendations are sound, if a bit strict. Other books I have read on nutrition back her up. When I practice the FFP, I feel much healthier and sleep better. The weight loss is not as quick as I had hoped, but I always feel as if I am doing something good for my body. She has great suggestions, like using flaxseed oil and omega-3 enriched eggs. I even like her regime of diluted, unsweetened cranberry juice and lemon water in the morning. But I cheat with a salt substitute and decaffeinated herbal tea. So I don't use her "stuff" religiously, but her basic guidelines are sound....more info
  • Expensive and difficult to follow, with marginal results.
    My wife and I both carefully reviewed this book, and set out to follow it to the letter. That requires buying a lot of expensive ingredients and suppliments, but we figured it would be worth it. We were diligent about following all the instructions, which is not easy to do. You have to get used to a life with any salt or other seasonings, and you better enjoy the taste of flaxseed oil, because you're going to be eating a lot of it! For the first couple of days, we both lost weight - mainly because we were urinating almost constantly. By day four the weight loss slowed, then stopped, then started to reverse back up again. Please believe me when I tell it was not because we were cheating or not following the diet - we were really good about it.

    The bottom line, for both of us at least, is that this is just another fad diet with limited results, and appears to be mostly water weight loss, which comes right back again. We never got the energy boost the author promised, and never really got the weight loss either.

    I remember a doctor telling me once that if you want to lose weight, you simply need to reduce your calorie intake and increase your calorie burning (excercise) to a lower level than what your body needs to maintain its weight, and the pounds will come off. We're all hoping for the quick fix, like this diet promises, but in reality what that doctor told me is the only way to really lose weight - portion control and excercise.

    Save your money. This book will end up sitting on your shelf gathering dust (probably alongside the Atkins book, The Zone, The South Beach, and all the others), and all the expensive flaxseed and suppliments and other stuff you invested in will quickly hit the trash can. Unless you have a tremendous amount of willpower and are willing to radically alter your lifetime eating habits, this diet simply doesn't work....more info
  • fat flush plan
    This plan is rough for the first few days! Had the most intense migraine I have ever had for first day, lightened up over the next 2. Foggy headed for 1 more day. But now I feel fabulous. I have never felt this healthy and full of energy before....more info
  • Good style of eating, but hard to maintain
    I bought this book a few years ago, and it worked out very well. I lost 15 lbs in 2 weeks without ever working out. Then when I started working out I lost another 15 lbs the next week. However, this an expensive style of eating to maintain. I call it a style of eating, because it really wasn't like a "diet" to me compared to every other one I had been on. But with what my husband and I make, I just couldn't afford to keep buying the expensive foods. Since I stopped using the book I still use flax seeds in things when I remember, and drink lemon water and cranberry juice often, but I have gained back every pound and then some! I would recommed this book to people, but with a disclaimer staing "be prepared to pay big bucks!" However, if you are overweight/obese and have many health problems that require you to take medications, this book would be well worth the try and the money. Because for a lot of people I know, they've eventually been taken off of their expensive medications. And eating healthy is always safer and cheaper than taking prescription meds every day. And no one should expect this to be a quick fix, nor any other diet! It takes hard work and determination to stick to any healthy eating plan. If you eat junk for years on end, and then begin to eat healthy, wether or not you follow this particular plan, you can expect to lose some amount of weight, it will vary with for everyone. But if you just go right back to eating the way you were before, obviously you're going to gain the weight back! It took me a while to realize that, but at least I did realize it, right? By the way, why are naturally, healthy, good for you foods so expensive compared to overprocessed junk food?...more info
  • Not for those who just need to lose 10-15 lbs
    As a 44-year old woman who exercises regularly, eats very well and takes a handful of supplements everyday, I just wanted to lose a few pounds in my chest and waistline. I was not overweight to begin with. However, I had this book on the shelf and decided to give it a whirl. I didn't make it through Phase One. I thought it wouldn't be too bad since I don't like sweets and I rarely eat anything with high-fructose syrup or sugar. I also only eat whole grain "good" carbs and I used to be a vegan so excluding dairy would be no problem. Even foregoing my wine was easy. However, I found this diet too restrictive and the recipes bland and boring. Come on!!! I love curries!! Isn't tumeric suppose to be good for you? I was extremely lethargic for the whole time and had to take 2-hour naps during the day. My head hurt tremendously and I was foggy, unfocused and dizzy all the time. Let's not even discuss my mood swings and periods of craziness. With my blood pressure being somewhat low, I was concerned that I was not getting enough sodium. One day I was so out of it that my husband suggested I drink a V-8 juice which has alot of sodium. I drank 1/2 a can and felt better in almost minutes.

    I was so fatigued that I had to forego my daily 1.5 hour bike rides. Clearly this is counter-productive to losing weight. Overall, I would not recommend this diet to anyone who isn't overweight and just wants to lose a few pounds. I think I'll just go back to eating well and exercising but I'll just eat smaller portions. ...more info
  • Save on future doctor bills!!
    I want to join in with the other Fat Flushers who have stated with absolute conviction that this plan works. I lost 15 lbs. on this plan. I don't want to use the term "diet" because this book is intended to be a lifestyle change. This book has helped me to detox my liver, cleanse my colon, and be more aware of what goes into my body. I started the Fat Flush Plan because I wanted to lose weight. After reading this book, some of what she said really scared me because I knew it was true. I could tell by the way I felt. This book helped me to get rid of that awful feeling. I succeeded on the Plan because I used the sample menus and adjusted them to my liking. To be honest, there are quite a few foods for which I don't care. I have taken as my own a lot of Ann Gittleman's recommendations. Most of my food is organic and fresh. I don't eat any processed foods anymore. If I can't find what I'm looking for in the grocery store, then I go to my favorite health food store. I fix a lot of her recipes. My favorite is "Yummy Meatloaf." Of course, I love the smoothies. This book has opened my eyes to a lot of things that damage our bodies,and it gives the tools on how to repair them. By drinking the cran-water, my cellulite has greatly diminshed. For anyone thinking of starting this plan, or is in the midst of it, you have to stick with it. Adjust the menus to your liking and don't skip a meal. The first phase of the plan is probably the hardest. Once you're through that, you'll be glad that you did it. I didn't feel hungry or deprived, and I didn't have any cravings. I was a coffeeholic, but I've been able to get rid of that addiction. These changes have made me more energetic; my attitude is a very positive one; and my skin looks better. In another review, someone made mention of Ann Gittleman's products. I use them, and have been quite happy with them. The whey protein is excellent. They are a tad bit expensive, but the way that I look at it is that purchasing these products and eating healthy is money well spent on avoiding doctor bills in the future! So, I highly recommend this book!...more info
  • Can Be Discouraging
    This diet has some good points with regard to nutrition and I liked the over all idea. Cranberry juice, flaxseed oil, etc. are all things that you find in my kitchen so I problem, we can do this. Then I tried to follow the meal plans and pack lunches for my husband and well, I just found how difficult this can be. My husband is so tired of chicken for lunch and by the time he gets home we're both craving crazy-high sugar things that we normally don't. We live a pretty organic and healthy lifestyle, but this diet had us discouraged and frustrated. Going on any diet can be a drag, but I was hoping this wouldn't be that BIG!

    I am happy that it's worked for some of you! You have a stronger constitution than I do!...more info
  • fat flush
    I have learned the only way to cleanse your body is to fast for one day. Diets do not work. ONLY WILL POWER....more info
  • The Truth
    This diet is really really great. I lost almost 20 lbs last summer in the course of about 2 months...15lbs in the first 2 weeks. But, once I went off the diet, and quit exercising as much, the weight crept back on. That is the only really sad part about this diet is that once you start eating bread and normal foods again, you gain the weight back. Also, from not drinking milk and then drinking it again, I would get the worst stomach aches. It's hard to go out to dinner and get something exciting to eat on this diet, but it realy is worth it to loose the weight. I am about to go back on it again for the second time, and I hope that it works. I tried during my school year (in college), but I was too stressed and too busy to keep up with the cooking and make things that weren't boring night after night, and fast. Now that I have time, it won't be a problem.

    It's worth a shot. Atleast when you loose the weight, you can feel proud of yourself, and keep up the work to keep it off....more info
  • Way of Life
    I confess: I'm a Fat Flush addict. I read this book, took notes and started immediately. I lost 7 lbs the first day (water weight, but it counts), I continued losing: a total of 20 lbs and have maintained that weight loss for a year! I now know what I can eat and in what quantities. I now have the information I need to make good food choices. This eating plan has become a Way of Life, I highly recommend it. 10 stars!The Journal and Shopping guide is a great resource, also. The Fat Flush Plan The Fat Flush Journal and Shopping Guide...more info
  • Not For Working Women
    I had been sucessfully eating right and exercising for about 3 months, and I was consistently losing 1/2 pound per week. But when my sister told me how she lost 12 pounds in two weeks on the Fat Flush I thought, I only have 10 pounds to lose, so what a great way to lose it quickly. I bought the book and read it through. ALG bases many of her food restrictions on single studies, and short studies at that. As a scientist I was very disappointed by her jumps to conclusions and willingness to accept any study that proved her already assumed result. There have been so many updates to this book, it's clear she got many things wrong. She has also changed her mind about some of the stuff in the book. I think she jumped to publish a little too quick. There are also some foods that are restricted on this diet just because ALG doesn't quite trust them, or she doesn't "feel" they are good. No study, no citations, just feelings.
    Yet, I tried it anyway. I thought, it's only two weeks, I can make it through. I bought all the food and supplements, which added up to a lot of money. I followed the diet religiously, I have done juice fasts in the past, so it wasn't that hard. But let me tell you, it takes a lot of time to prepare all that food. I was constantly making my boyfriend and I late for work. I used a lot of the recipes in the book and from the cookbook. I prepared many things in advance, made double batches. I started eating raw veggies because it was easier, which made me constipated, bleh. The worst part of this whole plan was how I felt: tired, irritable, weak, and nauseus all my waking hours. I think the high amount of fat in the diet got to me. It took me 2 hours in the morning to get through all the morning food and prepare my food for the day. What ended this diet for me was when my boyfriend pointed out, "You know, with the amount of time you spend getting all that food ready, you could probably run for an hour, and lose the same weight, and you'de be much happier."
    Just like all fad diets, there are good things, but they are lumped with a lot of stuff that may or may not work. Yes, you should drink 8 glasses of water a day, and cutting down on your salt, sugar, and refined carbs is a great idea. But any plan that reduces your calories to below 1000 is going to make you lose weight, but most of them won't make you sick. ...more info
  • The Fat Flush Plan
    I bought the Fat Flush CD. Ever since I hit 40 I have gained weight and had trouble losing it. I have tried many diets only to fail. This CD was so informative that I now understand so much about my body. You learn how your body works and what it needs to burn fat.
    You will learn why we can't lose weight and why we can't lower our cholesterol. The information is invaluable. Get your liver and Lymph system in shape and you will lose weight and feel great. The first two weeks are tough, but as time goes buy you lose your cravings. I have been off wheat for over five weeks and I not only feel better, but my muscle pain is gone! and so is my underlying fatigue. It is the first time in years that I don't crave sugar or carbohydrates. I am actually excited to have my cholesterol checked!...more info
  • Liz
    Awsome plan!

    lost 10 pounds in just two weeks, so now I am only 5 pounds away from my ideal weight, and I keep dropping down on the plan's "Phase 2". I had platoed with the Weight Watchers program. Last year it had worked for me, - though losing 15 pounds took me 4 months, and I was expecting the same results this year (I gained the weight back after not counting the points over the holidays, since I really didn't change my food choices significantly, just cut down on the amounts), but I simply couldn't get past yo-yoing up and down the same 1-3 pounds.
    This book made it clear to me that I would not go anywhere with my addiction to granola bars, cereals and pastas. Since the plan cuts all of those out, I didn't think I would last on it for two weeks, but I did, and it seems so easy to continue after changing habits for just two weeks.
    It works, and I find the recepies delicious and satisfying, - no more cravings!!! ...more info