21 Pounds in 21 Days: Martha’s Vineyard Diet Detox

By Mike Howard

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The title alone is enough to make even the most casual of skeptics cringe. It would appear the title is also enough to send people flocking in droves to their local bookstores (21 days debuted at #3 on the NY Times Bestseller list). Let’s take a look at what people will find beyond the very alluring cover…The contents of this book are every bit as outrageous as its title. According to the author, *”Dr.” Roni DeLuz – the cause of our ill health can be summed up in one word…toxins. Indeed, this glib obscurantist concept is the reason why we are so fat – not our poor food choices and overindulgences thereof (an afterthought) or our lack of intentional exercise (not even mentioned).

The first chunk of the book is replete with the same unscientific rhetoric and mysticism as other toxin-theorists before her – with the usual dose of alarmist hearsay for good measure. Amongst the items on the “evil” list: Deodorants, fluoridated water, artificial sweeteners and pesticides, to name a few. The book also extols the virtues of other scientifically questionable concepts such as food combining and eating for enzymes. Of course nowhere in the book will you find proof in the form of journal references to substantiate her claims.

The program itself consists of a 3-part detox program centered liquid meals (juices/soups) and supplements. And of course no detox diet would be complete without a colon cleanse (a colonic is recommended).

So let’s just pretend for a minute that losing 21 pounds in 21 days is reasonable/realistic/safe (I’m pretty sure it is none of the above). This is what you can look forward to less than a week into the cleanse, according to DeLuz;

  • Acne
  • Rashes
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Sleeplessness
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny Nose
  • Ear Aches

Wow – sign me up! Of course these symptoms are due to the “toxins” being released from our bodies – not the near-starvation level of calories. But sadly, many people won’t bat an eyelash at these undesirable side-effects if they will lose the weight as promised. DeLuz claims on her website that “It is not a starvation diet; it allows you to drink tasty, nutritious cocktails all day.”

I don’t know about you, but these “cocktails” are sounding an awful lot like Kool-Aid!

*Roni DeLuz holds “degrees” from Clayton School of Natural Healing and the American Holistic College of Nutrition – both schools are unaccredited. Her nursing degree is legitimate.

45 Comments

  1. Jan74

    The few occasions that I eat something that makes me sick, I drink hot water with salt to induce vomiting (I am not a bulimic nor have ever been). Drinking hot water with salt every morning would mean dry heaving every morning, so I guess my colon won’t be squeaky clean.

    That said, a glass of room temperature water on an empty stomach is good and encourages your intestines to work.

  2. karen

    I just ordered the book without knowing anything about the diet at all. I saw it on a tv program and thought i might like to see what the book said. I found it for 6 bucks on a discount book site so i figured why not.

    anyway, im curious–one girl posted that you could just buy products from a whole foods store or a gnc…has anyone actually tried this?

    someone else mentioned not being able to CHEW food–(now keep in mind i havent read the book yet) so what is it that you eat? or do you juice-ify everything?

    the most recent comment about how you get back into regular food is a good question. how do you transition back into regular food after the 21days?

    im interested to hear from people who have done it and had poor success with it. it seems like everyone on here either supports it 100%, or is a skeptic who hasn’t tried it.

    can someone list an average day’s worth of food/juice? im curious what a day’s meal plan looks like. (my book should be here within the week, but im wondering if i can get answers her quicker!) 🙂

  3. Mike H.

    Alright ablee I’ll bite, although I’m not terribly clear on the intent of your post. Arguing at the TV? I do it all the time – I’m a sports fan! I only start to worry when it argues back…

    If you want to talk intelligent discussion – I’m all for it. Yes, some people get their shirts in a knot when I say something unkind about something they have vested interest it. I’m guilty sometimes of not pulling any punches when it comes to things that are fraudulent, extreme and otherwise unsafe. I happen to have a “button” if you will for those who promote fast, temporary weight loss “solutions” without any evidence that they are safe and/or effective over the long term.

    I realize that not everybody agrees with me and that’s a good thing! I’d rather be loved by criticism than ruined by praise. I would hope, however that instead of ad hominem attacks, people such as yourself would engage in a discussion. If I’m completely off my rocker, than tell me why. But please don’t tell me I am wrong because “it worked for me/my friend/my neighbours dog…etc”. Provide some evidence of some sort. My original contention is that Roni Deluz does no such thing and neither has anybody else on this thread.

    Insofar as your point about answering “the one with the best support for the detox and actual experience to base her opinions on”… a) This person did not have any “support” at all in terms of evidence (which is all I’m asking for). And again I don’t care if they have personal experience or not. There is no way to verify this person’s claims, nor is there a control group or a blood/urine analysis to indicate “toxin” removal. And b) I haven’t had the time/inclination to respond to every comment on this thread that opposes mine.

    I’m in this to help people. I think that shedding a realistic viewpoint on sketchy systems/books/philosophies that prey on the emotionaly vulnerable is part of that. If I choose to counter your argument, however, it is out of expressing my viewpoint – not for the sake of arguing as you suggest.

    To your last point – I do in fact have a wife and yes, I do feel sorry for her too sometimes 🙂

  4. niki

    So what do you do after the 21 days are up? I’m guessing you slowly get back into your old ways of eating? How does it work?

  5. ablee

    I’m starting this program today and really looking forward to it. It’s funny that the only person Mike H. responded to was the one with the best support for the detox and actual experience to base her opinions on. Some people just like to argue with anything…I have a cousin who argues with the television…..no doubt Mike H. does the same. I just hope he doesn’t have a wife…….poor thing.

  6. stacy

    Right on Steph! I was on this diet July of 2007 and I lost 19 pounds in 21 days. Felt great, looked wonderful. After losing the 19 pounds I was no longer overweight. I was actually considered “normal weight” for my height, age, etc. I have gained 10 pounds back but I always have yo yo’d. Today I got back on it! I am not sure how long I’ll stay on it because it is a hard diet because I do miss food. Even though I didn’t feel as I starved myself, I just miss chewing food. And yes, I did it for the weight loss which there is NOTHING wrong with that but I too also wanted to cleanse my body of “toxins”. Whether it is true or not about not being the healthy thing to do, I sure did feel good and I felt that I was doing my body good as I did it. I enjoyed going to urinate and felt as if I was getting rid of bad things inside of me. Weird? Yes I know, but I liked the feeling. And as far as the negative comments that is just the way people are, but you’ve got to do what works and feels good for you and if doing this detox is what needs to be done than do it. I don’t have any regrets! It is actually something that I felt like I should be proud of myself for………not eating for 21 days, are you kidding me, how many people can actually pull that off? My husband was totally impressed with my willpower! And he had every reason to be, because it was hard to not chew anything for 21 days. But when all said and done I think anyone who does this for 21 days like myself deserves an award. Good luck to all who start it! You’ll feel better!

  7. steph

    I found this link while looking for a detox for myself and my husband. I have heard good things about it from people who have acutally done it. I am glad to see many people have had good results and now we will probably try it ourselves. My question is why do the rest of you care to waste your time and energy complaining about something that does not personally have any effect on you? These people are looking for a detox. And that effects you how?? It would make sense to me if there were people on here who had both points of view (people who TRIED it and did NOT like it and people to TRIED it and DID like it). Do you sit around googling trivial things you disagree with so you can argue and complain with people about it? Does it bother you that people are doing this and having good results with it? Go put your energy into some worthwhile cause somewhere.

  8. Sarah

    I have been on the diet for 6 days now and have lost 11 pounds. I’ve been waking without my alarm clock, have more energy, and feel a lot less out of it. It is certainly possible to follow the diet without buying the products from the website. You can simply go to your nearest Whole Food store, or even GNC to purchase the products. This book supports a healthy lifestyle and reinforces living a toxic free life. Look at how many chemicals, hormones, and genetically altered foods there are today! Our body was not built to handle so much even if we have properly working kidneys, liver, etc.. I won’t say that I have not missed eating at times. I actually work part time in a restaraunt as a bartender and the temptations are there, but the end result and my health are way more important than cheating on or going off of my diet. This diet is challenging, but the end result of improved health and well being will be certainly worth it!!!

  9. Tan

    I’ve been on this detox program before and lost weight, emotional weight…..and WAIT, I FEEL GREAT. Waited for another few months to go by, and guess what, didnt GAIN ONE pound.

    For the skeptic in me, I decided to try the program again, and guess what? Lost MORE weight, not that much emotional WEIGHT was left over……..

  10. JK

    Mike H. sure has a lot to say and a lot of time to spend on a site talking about something that he thinks is so ridiculous. I’m sure that this is not some miracle diet that has lasting effects and truly makes you a healthier person–if it truly were, everyone would be doing it, but in the same breath, I’d have to say that it doesn’t sound like a terrible idea to modify the plan and cleanse my body from the processed foods and other harmful toxins. Drinking lots of water and eating fruits and vegetables sounds completely refreshing–I think I’ll do that but take some vitamins as well and continue exercising.

  11. Shauna

    I am planning to buy the book this evening, so hopefully i can get a response by then, but my question is… After buying the book, can I do the program without buying additional accessories? Can I gather the information from the book and run with it, or will i be required to drop 200 bucks on additional products from Dr. Roni’s site?

  12. Sherri

    I have read all the comments, because I was looking for information on the program. I read the book and I started the plan three days ago. I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to loose weight from it, but my main reason for doing it is because I have been having health problems that doctors are unable to solve for over a year and the only thing they keep doing is offering me a new prescription to try out to hopefully reduce the pain, but not get rid of the mysterious problem. I have been on a lot of diets in my life and this is the first time that I have done a diet that didn’t give me a headache or require me to feel extremely hungry. It requires me to exert self control. I have read some very negative comments and while everyone is entitled to their opinion, I think many are missing the entire point of the program. It is evident that there is something wrong with the food we consume mostly now a days. Our children are not only heavier, they are physically maturing at an alarmingly fast rate. Don’t knock something until you at least try it. I have followed the diet, minus the colonics and so far so good. I have not been unusually tired, I have not been hungry and I do not feel sick. I have more energy, I’m not ready to run a marathon, but I have noticed that I have been doing more things.

  13. Meredith

    Jessica said:
    Wait a min – lets do the math here…to loose 1lb you must have a caloric decrease of 3,500 cal..if you normally eat 2,000 cal, that means that every day you have to burn an additional 1,500 calories while not taking in any at all…wow, that sounds healthy?[…]

    Laura said:
    It’s a shame that Ms. DeLuz cites in her credentials that she comes from schools which teach natural healing and holistic nutrition. It’s people like her that make it difficult for my regular doctor, and other rational-minded people to believe in the benefits of natural healing and holistic medicine. Because there definately are benefits to both. U[…]

    Just a thought on your thoughts. Natural and holistic medicine is a much more reliabe way of healing rather than being pumped full of prescription drugs that can carry a high risk of dependency. Further more, doctors are more willing to hand out prescriptions than they are to say that their patients could have a faster, healthier, and all around inexpensive method of improving their health. That may also come from a reliance on the pharmaceutical companies who are already charging a rediculous amount of money for prescriptions. As for the “rational-minded” comment, if it came down to me having a choice between taking one pill that costs $150.00 or brewing a cup of tea that cost a few cents, and they both have the same end result, you bet I’m going to be brewing the tea. As stated in another comment, it’s not meant to be a long-lasting diet. Whether or not you gain the weight back is dependent on how you choose to live your life afterwards in respect to your attitude towards food. In my opinion, it’s meant to be a motivational tool. Most of Americans aren’t willing to do something or change something if it doesn’t produce immediate results. And one final comment, as far as side effects go, I would rather take the side effects that come along with this detox, than the ones that come with some prescriptions that are out on the market. I would take diarrhea over a stroke or heart attack.

  14. Debster

    Not one person has mentioned that the body at a perfect pH balance can not carry, or get new disease. It will be functioning at it’s peak and this also most condusive to losing weight. When you are consuming the fruits and vegetables in these juices your body becomes more alkaline and therefor will create peak health reversing the syptoms and the weight. Likely though 21 lbs is a lot of crap unless of course you’re full of it. Then it’s important to get clean with juicing and giving digestion a rest. I am now on a juice feast of 45 days… Nothing but juices.WOW! I feel incredible and healthy and clean and ALIVE!

  15. sara

    JoLynn Braley said:
    I learned from Deepak Chopra that the intestines naturally have bacteria in them, and colon cleansing isn’t such a good route to take because you’re not only removing the “bad” bacteria, but also the good. That’s my 2 cents on this. ;)[…]

    Yes, that is true with colon cleansing-that is why after a cleanse you should take natural probiotic tablets or eat a bit of probiotic yogurt.

    Also-the best (and cheapest) colon cleanse to do is this:

    2 tsp non-iodized sea salt (not table salt)
    1 quart filtered (spring) water-warm

    Drink this every morning on an empty stomach. Your squeaky clean colon will love you for it.

    Yes, salt water is difficult to swallow (literally), but after once or twice you get used to it, and will be amazed at the results. 30 minutes later-clean colon. Don’t mistake the rumblings in your belly for gas-they aren’t-it will be liquid expulsion. Stay near a potty for a few minutes.

  16. Monica

    Mike H. said:
    Cynthia said:
    If you are not interested in the books claims, fine. It is laughable that I sit here as 100% proof positive that this works and works well, while I read such negativity about it form those who have no experience with it whatsoever. […]
    I find it laughable that someone would pass off their experience as 100% proof that a diet “works”.
    I respect that people have differing opinions on such things, but I stand firm that this is a plan to stay the heck away from. […]

    This is not a “diet” but a ‘cleanse’ Mr. Knowitall

  17. Mike H.

    Mika said:
    Anyone who has negitive things to say about should probably read the book first and then give it a try.[…]

    Again.. read the book and again, no thank you to starving myself.

    Mika said:
    It’s not about losing weight, it’s not a weight loss diet (the book also supports protein drinks to counter that if you want to). It’s getting people back onto a healthy lifestyle.[…]

    If it wasn’t a weight loss diet, it wouldn’t be called “21 pounds in 21 days”. Also, adding protein drinks at a very low calorie diet will still result in weight loss.

    Mika said:
    Besides toxins there are a lot of valid nutritional facts in here that everyone should know although they choose to be know-it-alls and dismiss it.[…]

    I’m curious as to what these might be – could you elaborate? I don’t dismiss things without researching them. When did it become a crime to aks for proof? Ms. DeLuz does not incled a SINGLE journal reference to substantiate her claims.

    Mika said:
    the book is just saying to eat and live healthier[…]

    …on starvation level calories

    Mika said:
    Routine excersise won’t hurt you, neither will a little veggie drink or extra knowledge.[…]

    I agree on both counts, but not within the context of an ulta-low calorie diet.

    I’ve tried to contact Ms. Deluz myself to offer her a chance to rebut my contentions. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss her diet with her.

  18. Mika

    I am about 1 week in to the detox and feel great. The jucies aren’t that bad to me and the soups are good. Anyone who has negitive things to say about should probably read the book first and then give it a try. It’s not about losing weight, it’s not a weight loss diet (the book also supports protein drinks to counter that if you want to). It’s getting people back onto a healthy lifestyle. Besides toxins there are a lot of valid nutritional facts in here that everyone should know although they choose to be know-it-alls and dismiss it. Honestly, you don’t even have to do the whole 21 Detox diet, the book is just saying to eat and live healthier. Routine excersise won’t hurt you, neither will a little veggie drink or extra knowledge.

  19. Shari

    My husband and I are going to give this detox thing a try. We both just want to be a little bit healthier for our daughter (and fitting into some of my old clothes won’t be such a bad thing). I am a little bit nervous, but how bad can eating just fruits and veggies really be. We already own a juicer so what’s the harm. I will let you know how it goes. We are going to start on the 21st (how weird is that). Keep your fingers crossed. I really just want to come out a little bit healthier with great skin : )

  20. Lisa

    As a primarily healthy, active, and food-conscious nearly middle-aged woman, I engaged in the MV Detox as a way to get my body back on track after six years of life trauma, graduate school, and starting a new path in life. I have to admit that my boyfriend and I both are doing it in a modified form and we are not starving or suffering any ill side effects. In fact, we are pretty much continuing to do things as before, although it takes a lot of prep to work full-time and stay on the detox. We are both needing less sleep, have more energy (we both still exercise strenously multiple times a week!) and just generally feeling better. Placebo? Maybe. How can eating strictly fruits and vegetables be any worse than a diet where you can eat as much red meat as you want???? But in any event I have found that it was worth a try. We have both lost about a half pound a day and plan to incorporate some of the principles from the MV Detox after we’re done. It’s not nearly as bad as some of you have made it out to be – and I NEVER go on diets. Maybe you are, however, so far from healthy that something like this is too far out of your comfort zone. Nothing fits everyone.

  21. Mike H.

    Cynthia said:
    Initial post about the possible side-effects are just that–“Possible”[…]

    “Likely” I think is a more suitable word.

    Cynthia said:
    It really is too bad that someone would post such a negative review of a 21-day plan without even attempting it for a weekend.[…]

    I would be hard pressed to think of ANY reason to even ATTEMPT such an extreme and unnecessarily restrictive regime. I’m not interested in starving myself when eating healthfully most of the time does the trick.

    Cynthia said:
    If you are open, intelligent and driven–this will improve your mind, body and spirit; as the book claims. […]

    Man, all this time I thought people failed on this diet because of its ridiculously extreme nature, the crappy science and the sheer misery people feel while on this regime. And to think that all this time it was because people were too closed-minded, dumb and unmotivated to reap benefits.

    Cynthia said:
    If you are not interested in the books claims, fine. It is laughable that I sit here as 100% proof positive that this works and works well, while I read such negativity about it form those who have no experience with it whatsoever. […]

    I find it laughable that someone would pass off their experience as 100% proof that a diet “works”.

    I respect that people have differing opinions on such things, but I stand firm that this is a plan to stay the heck away from.

  22. Cynthia

    I have been on this plan for 11 days and have had nothing but positive results. As an active, and well-educated, mother of two little ones; I can tell you I have more energy, require less sleep have no more sciatic pain, have shed 11 pounds and many inches. I have returned to my pre-pregnancy size, I feel younger and lighter and clear headed. Have been motivated to cross off some major to-do’s from a long list of things I have put off for years. Initial post about the possible side-effects are just that–“Possible”. I had none of these. It really is too bad that someone would post such a negative review of a 21-day plan without even attempting it for a weekend. If you are open, intelligent and driven–this will improve your mind, body and spirit; as the book claims. If you are not interested in the books claims, fine. It is laughable that I sit here as 100% proof positive that this works and works well, while I read such negativity about it form those who have no experience with it whatsoever.

  23. Bernard

    I will try it and I will let you know.

  24. Dani

    I think that most of the posts are forgetting the major objective of this book. It is not a diet, but first and foremost, a way to get healthy. In the first few pages, Dr Roni describes the horrific experiences that she herself went through for 7 years with doctors not being able to figure out what was wrong. I have myself experienced this same thing for 2 1/2 years, with no help from doctors. I have very real, very serious symptoms like elevated liver enzymes, severe abdominal pain, and a myriad of other weird blood test results and biopsies, with absolutely no conclusive answers…. just a whopping $10,000+ medical bill (that’s with insurance) and huge time loss from work trying to figure it all out! I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am willing to give it a shot to save my life… if I lose weight… that’s just a bonus. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. Maybe you are just not there yet…. good luck to all of you.

  25. Kelly

    I was a Severe Skeptic myself when I started. I did the plan stringently for 4 days and then with protein another 3 after that. I like to be outside alot and after 7 days I felt weak walking from one side of the yard to the other. No colonics as I believe they can be dangerous. I know the body is supposed to cleanse itself, but there was something nasty in my system that the liver wasn’t taking care of. My dr. thinks it may have been yeast. I lost 8Lb’s 3 weeks ago that I haven’t gained one ounce back and now I can do my treadmill for an hour instead of the 10 minutes that used to be able to. I have a ton more energy and am now able to excercise and feel like my old self again. I feel alot calmer too. Even without the weight loss, this was the best thing I ever did for myself.

  26. Lera

    I’ve been on the Martha’s Vineyard Detox diet for 9 days now. It is not easy at all. Although I have lost 9 lbs according to my scale, I’m not sure if it is muscle lbs or what. It is next to impossible to stay on the diet while working – as most of us normal people have to do. The vegetable juice tasted so bad I would gag each time I had to drink it and ended up using V8 with some greens juiced in instead. I e-mailed 4 important questions to the 21 Pounds in 21 Days website – a week later I am still awaiting my answers. What great support and customer service!!

  27. Laura

    It’s a shame that Ms. DeLuz cites in her credentials that she comes from schools which teach natural healing and holistic nutrition. It’s people like her that make it difficult for my regular doctor, and other rational-minded people to believe in the benefits of natural healing and holistic medicine. Because there definately are benefits to both. Unfortunately, there are so many hucksters out there, and we have so much crap to sort through, that we get tired and turn back to prescriptions and poor diets because that’s what we know.

    It makes me sick just thinking about all the people that will be running out to drink one of her concoctions instead of eating a nice apple and drinking a tall glass of ice water.

  28. Mike H.

    Hi Sonya,

    Thanks for your input. A couple of thoughts on what you wrote…

    Sonya said:
    I suppose it’s easy to dismiss the idea considering it is so foreign to the American Lifestyle.

    Which country/continents have a “lifestyle” whereby they eat near-starvation level calories. To me, a “lifestyle” or way of eating is one where people can enjoy sustained healthy eating habits without putting themselves through extremes. I agree that THIS concept is lost on many a North American but I would venture to say that extreme detox plans are not engrained in other cultures.

    Sonya said:
    As someone who has completed the program, however (and also who is knowledgeable in aromatherapy and nutrition) I have to say that the book deliveres what it claims.

    I have no doubt that following this regime will result in weight loss. My contention is the method in which it is achieved.

    Sonya said:
    Nowhere in the book does Dr. Roni DeLuz advocate doing this program as a long-term eating style. Instead she advocates going back to nature as a way of detoxifying and ridding ourselves of our food/chemical additives/colorings.flavorings/aroma addictions.

    I’m glad she doesn’t promote this as a long-term eating style because people would die. In terms of “detoxifying”, You would have to convince me that we need to “detoxify” in the first place. You would have to provide me with some blood tests indicating comprimising levels of “toxins”, after which you would have to provide me with a post-program bloodwork that clearly demonstrates removal of those toxins. Ms. DeLuz does not provide any proof in this regard.

    Sonya said:
    Upon completion, I have found that I did not lose quite as many pounds as she claimed, but my skin cleared up, my back problems are so much better as to be nearly gone, and that I do have the extra eneryg that I was promised.

    Would you consider the back pain and energy may be a placebo effect? Also, I’m glad you didn’t lose the weight that you were supposed to as I believe it to be an unsafe rate at which to lose.

    Sonya said:
    Perhaps you should read the book and try one of the shorter programs for yourselves — then you can have an educated opinion on the matter, and your opinons will actually carry some weight.

    After reading the book and reading about the numerous side effects (see original post), I feel I am “educated” enough to never want to try this diet. I am not not moved by glowing testimonials and other anactdotal accounts. Scads of research has shown that extreme diets have extreme failure rates. Take a look at some of the accounts of people who are on the diet. They report miserable side effects and most drop out. To me, this is no way to boost your health.

    Would you consider that just eating whole, healthy foods and exercising would be a viable substitue to this kind of program?

    Again, I thank you for your opinions on the subject.

  29. Sonya

    I suppose it’s easy to dismiss the idea considering it is so foreign to the American Lifestyle. As someone who has completed the program, however (and also who is knowledgeable in aromatherapy and nutrition) I have to say that the book deliveres what it claims. Nowhere in the book does Dr. Roni DeLuz advocate doing this program as a long-term eating style. Instead she advocates going back to nature as a way of detoxifying and ridding ourselves of our food/chemical additives/colorings.flavorings/aroma addictions.

    Upon completion, I have found that I did not lose quite as many pounds as she claimed, but my skin cleared up, my back problems are so much better as to be nearly gone, and that I do have the extra eneryg that I was promised.

    Perhaps you should read the book and try one of the shorter programs for yourselves — then you can have an educated opinion on the matter, and your opinons will actually carry some weight.

  30. Sharon

    While I do subscribe to the notion that food is medicine, and that certain foods work better with certain body types. I come from an Eastern culture, so all of this is very ingrained in the way we eat and take care of our bodies (under ideal circumstances of course). Having said that, this book is just another way to capitalize on the likes of the Master Cleanse, which operates on the same basic principles and can be obtained on the Internet after 3 seconds of googling.

  31. JayCee

    I think that most of these detox diets are just glorified starvation diets. By calling them a “Detox” people somehow justify the drastically unhealthy restriction of calories. With out the guise of toxin-mumbo-jumbo none of these authors would be able to get a starvation diet book published let alone on the best sellers list! I say call these diets what they really are.

  32. Jessica

    Wait a min – lets do the math here…to loose 1lb you must have a caloric decrease of 3,500 cal..if you normally eat 2,000 cal, that means that every day you have to burn an additional 1,500 calories while not taking in any at all…wow, that sounds healthy?

  33. Sadie

    Yes. It’s true that the body is designed to rid itself of toxins through elimination channels such as the liver and kidneys. However, these organs can and will become dysfunctional through years and years of abuse caused by bad eating habits, after which you will need to take additional measures to help your body detoxify itself.

  34. Nick Smith

    Good review.

  35. kitekrazy

    We are in the wrong business. Everyone should write a BS Diet Book. If Doctor Phil can do it so can everyone else.

  36. JoLynn Braley

    I’ve heard all about this diet, and in my opinion, it sounds quite expensive since colon cleansing is a part of it.

    I learned from Deepak Chopra that the intestines naturally have bacteria in them, and colon cleansing isn’t such a good route to take because you’re not only removing the “bad” bacteria, but also the good. That’s my 2 cents on this. 😉

  37. Courtney B

    The body releases toxins naturally already without help. It’s called sweating or going to the bathroom. Drinking a lot of juice won’t help.

    Watch this from the BBC:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/humanbody/truthaboutfood/flashapp/nonflash.shtml

    Click on “Does Detox Work?” It’s very interesting.

  38. Nic

    I am so sick of hearing about these so-called ‘detox’ diets. Calling things toxins seems so vague to me. What exactly are these so-called toxins? I think shennanigans. And why is it always liquid diets? Seems to me you can eat natural foods without using liquids and therefore having liquids come out (ew).

  39. Croc

    The sad fact is that there are plenty of people that will part with their hard-earned cash for this book. And supposing that any of them actaully manage to lose all that weight, what’s the betting that they will all have regained it within the 21 days following the program?

    I am sceptical of detox plans in general as the human body is designed to remove toxins all by itself. That’s why we have a liver, kidneys etc.

  40. RT the fitness guy

    Sad. I hope it works. I know a friend who did a Buddhist retreat and did a detox did like this and said that some of his health problems cleared up. Perhaps there is a balance in our body that just needs to be tweaked. 21 Pounds though – hmmm…

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