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Fat Flush Plan

Fat Flush Plan

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The Fat Flush Plan is a book written by Ann Louise Gittleman. This book outlines a weight loss system that melts fat from your hips, waist and thighs in just two weeks. The program also reshapes your body while detoxifying your system. Those following this plan should notice a sense of renewed energy and vibrancy. The Fat Flush Plan has a forward written by Dr. Barry Sears. The Fat Flush Plan starts by outlining five hidden weight gain factors including your liver, when fat is not fat, fear of eating fat, excess insulin and stress as a fat maker. There are three phases to the Fat Flush Plan.

This is a program designed to be maintained for the rest of your life instead of just briefly to lose weight. Each phase is covered in tremendous detail and there is also information on exercise, sleeping and keeping a journal. You will also receive information on how to shop while on The Fat Flush Plan and maintaining the program while you are away from home. There are recipes included in the book along with some tips on how to make your favorite recipe Fat-Flush friendly. The three phases of the program are outlined below:

  • Phase 1: The two-week fat flush
  • Phase 2: The ongoing fat flush
  • Phase 3: The lifestyle eating plan

This incredibly popular diet plan has been mentioned in the movies Last Holiday and Mean Girls. It has also been named one of the hottest diet contenders by O magazine. You will begin your Fat Flush Plan journey by taking a short quiz. This will enable you to figure out the cause of many of your unwanted pounds. From there you are able to move into the phases of the plan to make changes to your body.

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  • A program designed for lifetime use
  • Covers five hidden weight gain factors
  • Includes recipes
  • Offers help for following the program while away from home
  • Outlines three different program phases
  • Encourages keeping a journal
  • Exercise and sleep information included
  • First phase is very restrictive
  • Some may find it difficult to stick with the plan for a lifetime

There are three different phases that make up The Fat Flush Plan. Each phase involves some different eating principles and the program is designed for you to stay on it for a lifetime. Each phase allows different foods with phase one being the most restrictive. Phase one is two weeks in length. Phase two focuses on a more ongoing time frame for weight loss. This phase will also allow a bit more variety but you will still be losing weight. Phase two will be maintained until you reach your desired weight. The last step to The Fat Flush Plan is going through phase three which is the lifestyle eating plan. This phase gives you the needed guidelines to maintain your new weight and increase your well being. Below are some of the foods you will eat in the first two phases of the program:

Phase 1

  • Right after waking: Long Life Cocktail
  • Before breakfast: 8 oz. hot water with lemon juice
  • Breakfast: Spinach-dill omelet made with 2 eggs, spinach, and fresh dill; 8 oz. glass cran-water
  • Midmorning snack: ½ grapefruit
  • 20 minutes before lunch: 8 oz. cran-water
  • Lunch: 4 oz. broiled buffalo burger or chicken cutlet with herbs; steamed broccoli, zucchini and okra with 1 Tbs. flaxseed oil; 8 oz. cran-water
  • Midafternoon: Two 8 oz. glasses cran-water
  • 4 p.m. snack: 1 apple
  • 20 minutes before dinner: 8 oz. cran-water
  • Dinner: 4 oz. grilled halibut brushed with broth, dill, garlic, and lemon; Egg Drop Soup; braised greens in broth; 1 Tbs. flaxseed oil
  • Midevening: Long Life Cocktail

Phase 2

  • Right after waking: Long Life Cocktail
  • Before breakfast: 8 oz. hot water with lemon juice
  • Breakfast: Vegetable juice cocktail and Weekend Turkey and Egg Bake
  • Midmorning snack: ½ cup melon cubes and ½ cup ricotta cheese
  • Lunch: Friendly Italian Wedding Soup; ½ cup brown rice; sweet onion and celery salad with 1 Tbs. sesame oil, apple cider vinegar, and ginger
  • Midafternoon snack: 1 apple and 1 oz. mozzarella
  • Dinner: 4 oz. broiled sea bass with lemon, ginger and cayenne; warm asparagus; 1 small sweet potato drizzled with 1 Tbs. flaxseed oil

Exercise is definitely encouraged on The Fat Flush Plan, but the belief is less is more. The plan advises against doing strenuous exercise because it can endanger your health. With this program, you are encouraged to engage in moderate exercise rather than anything strenuous or high intensity. The exercises that are recommended can be done at home and fit easily into your schedule. You start with bouncing and brisk walking for phases one and two. Bouncing is a term used for jumping jacks. Resistance or weight training will not be added until you reach phase three. Below is the exercise plan that you would complete during phase one:

  • Warm-up and stretching: At least 5 minutes every session
  • Bouncing: 5 minutes, daily
  • Brisk walking: 20 minute, 5-7 times per week
  • Cool-Down: At least 5 minutes every session

The exercise plan for phase two is exactly the same for the warm-up, bouncing and cool-down. For the brisk walking, you bump the time from 20 minutes to 30 minutes still 5-7 times per week.


The Fat Flush Plan seems to be a solid plan for losing weight. There are several foods that are off limits when you start the program. Phase one may be difficult because of the strictness of the eating plan, but it only lasts for two weeks. This program has become extremely popular and it seems to get results. The Fat Flush Plan can help you lose weight and detoxifying your body at the same time.

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SO EXTREME - I need something that can be more long lasting and only 1100 calories to start I was always starving

posted Oct 4th, 2008 4:31 pm



This diet worked perfectly for me since I was looking for a quick fix, not sure I would be able to keep this up for a long period of time though

posted Oct 4th, 2008 4:29 pm


I've been on this program for about three weeks. I have poo-poo'd the no wheat/no dairy trend for about 2 years and yet as I prayed for a healthy, nutritious way to eat, "no wheat/no dairy" kept appearing at every turn. Then a friend got really excited about this plan she wanted to try: The Fat Flush Plan. I listened with skepticism at first but as she described what you would eat, my body started to buzz and sing -- I know this sound nuts and truly, I'm not but I decided to try it. In fact I got very excited about it, too. The hard parts: 1) The book is poorly organized and not well indexed so it takes some study and patience and note-taking; 2) It is time-consuming. You must incorporate the ritual of it into your daily routine. So feel worthy of that commitment!; 3) Expense. For me it was a shift from eating out, almost exclusively, to eating the Fat Flush way at home. I would say I'm probably breaking even, give or take. Now for the benefits: 1) I feel SO healthy from the inside out! Detox, detox, detox! I'm and aesthetician and my skin all over my body looks and feels amazing. I have more energy than I've had in a very long time 2) I don't do scales but I lost 12 inches (bust, waist, hips combined) in less than the 3 weeks I've been on it; 3) This is the first program I've ever been on that I believe I can commit to for life. I've been on several that said they were a "lifestyle" but this feels like it truly is. 4) It's exciting and fun. You learn about spices and herbs and how they impact your metabolism and I'm using some I've not used before. So for people having trouble with energy on this program or for any other challenges, I would suggest examining the directions to see that you are following them to the letter and also to consult your health professional.

posted Jul 22nd, 2008 9:46 pm


I followed the two week plan and lost 10pds. Felt great and got many compliments on my skin and hair. I am now in the 2nd phase and am struggling with PMS symptoms. They are less extreme than usual but still challenging related to caffine intake and chocolate.

posted Jun 26th, 2008 5:23 pm


ganna try it.. ive got that wedding im going to and need to look amazing for all the x's there... he he.. hope it works!

posted Jun 17th, 2008 4:52 pm

Shirley underwood

I have been looking on the net to see why I am so tired. I have been on the diet for two weeks and really like it. I am eating much healthier and feel good about that. However, I need to get rid of this very tired feeling. Hardly able to move sometimes, but just force myself. What?

posted Jun 7th, 2008 1:50 pm


I have been on this diet for 2 years and have maintained my sixty pound weight loss. The staff and others who have done the Fat Flush Plan offer amazing support. There are tons of recipes, food ideas and great-tasting snacks out there (you can find tons of info and help for FREE at www.annlouiseforum.com). Ann Louise is very accessible, which is a plus for me - I don't like to think there's some guru somewhere who may not even do the program. I have had good luck with the supplements and have found that the sales offered help me mitigate the cost. Though I have to have a friend in the US buy them and ship them to me in the UK. It's not a quick fix diet - no real diet is - it's a way of eating and living that is healthy and balanced. And yes, it's difficult to start, but easy to maintain once you get into the healthy habits. I don't know about the iVillage board, but the annlouiseforum.com site is very welcoming and helps you overcome struggles.

posted Jun 2nd, 2008 2:56 pm


I find most positive and negative descriptions of this diet are accurate. It is work and expensive. I also tried to follow it in the UK when I was on a trip, and I couldn't find cranberry juice for any money. On the positive side, when I am on the diet I have so many positive symptoms in addition to weight loss that I find the effort and cost is worth it. Skin glowing, check! Weight loss, check! I also lost the heart palpitations that I was getting as a part of pre-menopause. My allergies were much better. My desire to nap in the middle of the day went away, and I kept the weight off for two years. I am now back on the diet again, and fortunately I have not lost my taste for cranberry. I take calcium now that I don't drink milk. It is a way of life, not a diet. Although I imagine it can also be a very effective "wedding dress plan". This is not the intention. I encourage anyone who likes to cook and who has access to a health food store to try it.

posted May 5th, 2008 8:38 am


How long were you on the diet, Ninavo? Who did you have to go to to determine that you'd lost calcium? Would rather be fat than have yellow teeth and bone loss, but I find that on this diet my skin has a glow and people tell me I look very healthy.

posted Apr 5th, 2008 6:57 am


I did this diet and lost weight. I ALSO lost bone density (no dairy allowed and I don't absorb enough calcium from leafy greens and supplements) and my teeth started to yellow. Beware if you try to post any thing negative on her ivillage board about this they will delete your post and castigate you - blaming you for all the problems.

posted Mar 18th, 2008 3:04 pm


This is a fantastic plan and definitely NOT a "yo-yo diet" but a way to change to better eating habits for the rest of your life. It does require real commitment, but everything on the diet is based on sound nutritional principles and scientific research. And the pounds do drop away easily. Highly recommended if you want to look and feel great.


Hi You have to read the book if you really want to learn about great nutrition. We are what we eat. The plan totally detox you in the first week. It is hard. Yes of course if you were addicted to sugar, whites and garbage food. But I think is truly scientific. Go for it, be strong and learn real ways to be healthy. You will also learn to be careful with what you feed your family.


I totally committed to the Fat Flush Plan and lost 12 pounds in 18 days. It does work, although if you follow the recommendations it is very costly because of the organic raw foods and specialty items. The write up here talks about calories per week. I never counted calories or measured anything (except for the flax oil). Instead, I ate from the "unlimited" list; salad and veggies. I had two eggs per day, flax oil x 2 daily, flax seed x 2 daily, all the veggies I could eat (except corn, potato, etc), 2 pieces of fruit for snacks and about 8 oz of protein. Of course you must drink the cran-water, which I now love. You also have to get off the caffeine, sugar, salt and sweetners. Stevia is the only allowable sweetner. I felt awful for the first 3 days. By the second week, I felt great. I never went hungry, although I still craved Krispy Kremes. In moderation, this diet is a great way to eat for life. I eventually added; yogurt, steel cut oatmeal, flax bread, sweet potatoes and a few other goodies. Read the book thoroughly and try it for 2 weeks...if you follow the book, you will lose weight.


i read the mag MyFirst and they said you could melt away fat in 3 days On this fat flush plan. im on my second day now and wasn't sure if i could use dressing for my salad so i went to the annelouise.com and now i'm reading its a 2 week plan with insted flax seed, flax oil. now i'm discouraged and want to go binge on tomyum thai soup lol myfirstforwomen.com


I live in the UK and have tried this plan. On balance it would seem ok but when you actually try it - not so easy when you're a working mum. A lot of the products are very difficult to get in the UK and the nearest are not recommended by anna louse. On the whole, expensive, difficult to follow if you are working fulltime and the flax oil is discusting.


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