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Losing weight and getting healthier. (The Nutrition Detective).

There are easier ways to lose weight than to follow Ann Louise Gittleman's Fat Flush Plan (McGraw-Hill, 2002), but you won't be as healthy. Most diets will result in temporary weight loss, but nothing else. The Fat Flush Plan begins with detoxifying your liver, and this is very important if you want to burn fats and carbohydrates more efficiently. Your liver has more than 300 separate functions, and a sluggish liver is "normal" in people who eat a standard American diet. Her plan also addresses the importance of the "good fats"--essential fatty acids (EFAs) found in fish, flax, and walnuts. In my opinion, EFAs are the most important supplement to our diets.

This is a program, not another "diet." Follow it and you'll reduce your sensitivity to carbohydrates, called insulin resistance, and lower your risk for diabetes. You'll also stop craving sweets and starches. If you're a vegetarian, the Fat Flush Plan has its challenges. These can be overcome. In fact, when Ann Louise and I ate breakfast together a few months ago, we ate identical meals.

Vegetarians can modify this program to make it work. If you're serious about being both healthy and losing weight, take a look at this book. My only concern is the high animal fat and animal protein content. So I suggest adding tofu, tempeh, and beans. In my opinion, this is best for long-term use. You can easily use this program safely for two weeks to a month with high amounts of meat. Then decide on your next step.
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Date:May 1, 2002
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