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Fast Track one Day Detox Diet: Better Slow Down on the Detox Claim

Updated on March 5, 2017
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Dean Traylor is a freelance writer and teacher. He is a former journalist who has worked on various community and college publications.

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Ann Louise Gittleman’s fad diet, The Fast Track One-Day Detox Diet, has a misleading title. The diet doesn’t take one day to complete, and it’s more about flushing “toxins” from the body. It may have short-term success as a weight loss program, but this diet depends too much on the concept of detoxification -- which has never been scientifically proven to be beneficial.

The Fast Track One-Day Detox Diet actually takes eleven days. In some cases -- as websites promoting it have claimed -- it can shed up to eight pounds in a short time. The diet program consists of three stages.

The Three Stages

The stages are as follow:

  • Stage 1: The Prequel, which includes seven days of Detox support foods, will prepare the body for the one-day fast.
  • Stage 2: It’s the one-day fasting phase (the act of depriving one’s self of solid foods). It involves drinking Gittleman’s “Miracle Juice” throughout the day.
  • Stage 3: Called the sequel, this stage includes three days of incorporating “supportive” foods into one’s diet that's meant to keep the weight off. The final stage seems to indicate that the diet will have long term benefits for the dieter.

...things used for cleaning or brushing were renamed or repackaged as “Detox” for selling purposes.

The main ingredient that’s meant to flush out the system of toxins is the Miracle Juice. According to ABC’s 20/20 broadcast on the subject, Miracle Juice is a concoction of unsweetened cranberry juice, orange juice, and lemon juice that’s flavored with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.

The diet portion for Stage 1 and Stage 3 center around eating lots of fruits and leafy vegetables, topped with flax-seed and powdered psyllium husks that, according to 20/20, is commonly found in laxatives.

The Concept of Detox

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Detoxification (or Detox) is the belief that toxins and chemicals from environmental factors, foods or medicines are making people unhealthy. Often, the term Detox is confused with drug rehab. Detox referred to in drug rehab has nothing to do with Detox diets. The type that’s mentioned in Detox diets like Gittleman’s program center around cleansing or flushing certain chemicals out the body’s vital organs - in particular, the colons, livers and lymph nodes.

According to Kathleen Zelman, WebMd’s Weight Loss Clinic writer, a Detox diet will promote the use of herbs, pills, potions, colonics and fasting to rid the body of impurities.

The Fast Track One-Day Detox Diet doesn’t incorporate any pills. Instead, it relies on vegetables, Gittleman's Miracle Juice, and the one-day fasting upon which the name for the diet program came from.

... It is about a healthful diet, and we have science to back that up. But that isn’t sexy [for dieters]."

— Dr. David Katz, Yale University

The word “Detox” sounds exciting and important; it’s a word that gets thrown around as a selling point for many diets and health regiments that are sold to the public. However, the problem with “Detox” is that it is not scientifically proven to work or to have any medicinal powers.

According to the British website Sense about Science, several scientists and engineers who have studied Detox diets such as The Fast Track One-Day Detox Diet have found that:

  • Diet and holistic medicine companies seem not to have the same definition of “Detox.”
  • There’s little or no evidence offered by various companies to back up the Detox claims.

Many items, especially very common and mundane foods, or things used for cleaning or brushing were renamed or repackaged as “Detox” for selling purposes.

The Verdict

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The Fast Track One-Day Detox Diet is a short-term weight loss. For that reason, trying the diet is not considered harmful; however, it’s not proven to be beneficial either. Also, its long-term effects have never been proven, and if someone was to stick to such a diet, it has potential of leading to health problems.

There are better, scientifically supported diets out there. Anything with the word “detox” should be regarded with a lot of skepticism. Possibly, a quote from the 20/20 interview on the subject with Yale Medical School’s Dr. David Katz, an expert on nutrition, has the best assessment of this diet and others and why they’re so popular:“You know it’s not about cutting carbs and it’s not about drinking miracle juice. It is about a healthful diet, and we have science to back that up. But that isn’t sexy [for dieters].”

© 2017 Dean Traylor

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