Fat-Flush Plan

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Ann Louise Gittleman has created a common sense approach to the roll of fat in our diets and food planning.  As Gittleman explains in the foreword of her book:

“My own journey in trying to make sense of the complexity of nutrition twenty years ago when it became obvious to me that making fat the villain of nutrition was simply dead wrong.”

This book was published in 2002, so 20 years previous to that we were in the 80s mode of eating fat makes you fat. I believe the author has been a key “witness” to exploring the important role that certain fats play in our diet, stating again in the Foreword that “It takes fat to burn fat.”

Since the book focuses on weight loss, although the information would be helpful to anyone seeking good health, the author focuses on what she considers the five hidden weight gain factors including the following:

1. overworked liver
2. Lack of fat-burning fats
3. Too much insulin
4. The stress-fat cycle
5. And a discussion of “When fat is not fat”

By the time you read the information on these five factors, you will have a better understanding of your body and the role certain fats—fish oils, gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)— play in keeping you healthy.

As with most diet plans, there is an “induction phase,” the first two weeks in which the author focuses on getting rid of unhealthy fats. Again, as with some other plans, this phase focuses on detoxification. Actually, all the phases focus on these foods:

1. Powerful proteins – Eggs, lean beef, chicken, fish & whey to boost your metabolism
2. Amazing omegas (ex. flax black currant & borage oils)
3. Colorful, friendly carbohydrates (anti-oxidant rich fruits & veggies)
4. Thermogenic spices (ex. ginger, cayenne, mustard) to kick up your metabolism
5. Elimination of metabolism blockers (ex. wheat, milk and yeast)
6. Long-life cocktail from cranberry juice

The bulk of the book discusses all three phases of the plan: the two-week fat flush followed by the ongoing fat flush and then the lifestyle eating plan. The author all recognizes the importance of exercise, sleeping, and journaling ad well as how to eat while away, how to shop and of course, recipes.

Gittleman takes a common sense approach to her plan,, and according to her book, has met with a great deal of success.  Her chapter on answering questions, a chapter on resources, and a reference section complete the book into a neat package for anyone ready to tackle the diet.

I have included one of her recipes from breakfast, a fruit smoothie, since summertime is especially nice for smoothies because no cooking is involved and you can put it in a thermos to take to work or class or wherever you are going for the day. As Gittleman says below, it’s a nutritious fast-food breakfast, although I drink smoothies mid-day as well. In fact, I had one after returning from yoga at 11 a.m. and the ingredients were almost identical to this recipe! The only difference is that I used ground flaxseeds.

Fruit Smoothie


This is a refreshingly simple—and nutritious— way to start each day. Smoothies undoubtedly will become your staple fast-food breakfast.  They are a quick and easy way to get your daily dose of flaxseed oil. If you are in phase 3, you can also choose from half a banana, a small kiwi, or ½ cup of melon chunks for your fruit selection.

1 cup fresh or frozen fruits (berries, peaches, etc.)
1 scoop or 2 heaping tablespoons protein powder
8 oz. plain or filtered water
1 tablespoon flaxseed oil
½ tsp. Stevia plus to taste (optional)

Place all ingredients in a blender.
Blend until rich and creamy, approximately 2-3 minutes.

Look for Fat Flush Plan in book stores and online.

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