The diet book "21 Pounds in 21 Days: The Martha’s Vineyard Diet Detox" contains a fasting program written by author Dr. Rone DeLuz, a naturopath, registered nurse, and certified hypnotherapist. She runs a rather pricey holistic treatment cent in the posh Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.
Her detox program became popular in 2007 when talk radio host Robin Quivers used her media clout to promote the program and share with the Sirius satellite listeners, as well as with Larry King Live, how she lost 20 pounds in ten days.
The program main consists of detailed recipes of various juice diet concoctions made from fruits and vegetables, with the addition of enzymes and colonics. The author believes that with a world filled with toxins, the only way to put our metabolism back in order is to get rid of the harmful toxins out of our body once a year. The book also recommends unusual exercise methods such as "jumping on trampolines" to drain liquid off your lymph nodes.
Although the book is available at $24.95, you could also shell out an additional $214 for a full kit that includes enzymes, a juicer, and a mini-trampoline. Note that all sales are final, and the company does not accept refunds.
Advantages and disadvantages
The program boasts of 100% all-natural recipes to not only lose weight but remove harmful elements from the body. And because the book contains a variety of recipes for a juice diet, it is more satisfying and less prone to "taste fatigue." However, to get maximum results you need to juice every two hours and the detox recipes should be followed strictly. And because this is a form of fasting, dining out is not an option. You may also experience flu-like symptoms in the first week of following the diet, but that can simply be part of detoxification.
Fruit and vegetable fasting is one of the most familiar methods of weight loss. And although there have been success stories, some experts argue that it is unhealthy to stay away from protein and good fats.