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Pros and Cons of the Fruit Flush and Similar Detox Diets

Updated on March 12, 2015
Fruit is not the only food individuals on the fruit flush diet can consume, but it is the primary one.
Fruit is not the only food individuals on the fruit flush diet can consume, but it is the primary one. | Source

If you want to lose weight and become more fit, the only safe and effective means of doing so in the long run is to be physically active and to eat a balanced, healthy diet. You should consult with your doctor before beginning any type of a flush, cleanse or detox diet, since some may not be nutritionally sufficient for good health. Programs like the fruit flush, which is one of the most well-known and popular flush diets, are not long-term diet solutions. However, in some cases this type of diet may have some short-term benefits as long as you do not stay on it for too long.

How It Works

People who work out will lose water and build muscle. The fruit flush diet helps to replace lost water and includes protein to help spare muscle. This three-day flush focuses on consuming raw, fresh fruit, which helps provide natural, slow-releasing sugars along with lots of fiber and water. Proponents of the fruit flush diet claim that it can lead to 9 to 10 pounds of lost weight by the end of the three days. Ideally, this quick weight loss boost motivates should motivate you to continue on with a long term weight loss regimen of healthy eating and regular exercise.

Without regular exercise and a nutritious, balanced diet, any weight loss from a flush or cleanse diet will be only temporary.
Without regular exercise and a nutritious, balanced diet, any weight loss from a flush or cleanse diet will be only temporary. | Source

What to Avoid

While you are on the fruit flush, you should avoid drinking coffee, tea, alcohol, or soda, as well as any other beverages or foods that contain caffeine. Most starches are also banned, as are preformulated juices, sweets, most fats and cooked vegetables. Since the diet is nutritionally limited, you should not stay on it for more than a short period of time, and then only if you have received approval to do so from your doctor, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Coffee is one prohibited substance during the fruit flush diet.
Coffee is one prohibited substance during the fruit flush diet. | Source

Day One

The first of the three days is the pre-flush. If you are on the fruit flush diet, you should drink a 6 ounce protein drink every two hours between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. This drink should not contain any artificial colors or flavors or any sweeteners. Follow the protein drink with 8 to 12 ounces of water. Around 6 p.m., eat 3 to 6 cups of a raw vegetable salad with 3 to 6 ounces of lean protein or egg whites and one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil.

Egg whites are a naturally rich source of protein.
Egg whites are a naturally rich source of protein. | Source

Days Two and Three

On the second and third days, every two hours between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. you should eat one serving of roughly 100 calories worth of fresh fruit, along with 8 to 12 ounces of water. Around 6 p.m. eat 3 to 6 cups of a raw vegetable salad that includes 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive or flaxseed oil or half an avocado, and half a lime or lemon. Accompany this meal with one protein drink.

Olive oil can serve as a source of the "good fats" your body needs to be healthy.
Olive oil can serve as a source of the "good fats" your body needs to be healthy. | Source

Conclusions

Since the fruit flush diet focuses on very natural foods with no artificial additives, the diet can help lower the levels of these chemicals in your body. However, much of the weight you will lose on the diet will simply be water weight, which your body quickly gains back. Since this diet and most similar cleanses or flushes are nutritionally incomplete (they lack many of the nutrients your body needs to function properly), they can be unhealthy if you stay on them for more than the recommended short period of time.

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      Mark Johann 

      3 years ago from Italy

      The good fats is what I like the most since my age now is the best age for exercise and diet and never get sediments when I reach the age of sixty.

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