We sat down with New York Times bestselling author and creator of the Fat Flush diet, Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS to learn more about her latest book, The New Fat Flush Plan. Here’s what we learned:
The classic Fat Flush was first published over 15 years ago and was really the book that launched the diet/detox revolution. What gives Fat Flush such longevity?
The book challenged all the rules of weight loss with unique Fat Flush protocols that got faster and longer lasting results than any other diet book on the market. It introduced a new theory of obesity by promoting how the right fats make you thin and how harnessing the fat burning power of the liver could supercharge healing for every body regardless of hormonal and stage of life challenges.
When people begin the Fat Flush lifestyle, they not only see the pounds and inches slip away, but they are amazed at how much better they feel. They have more energy, more drive, and the ability to end their day feeling accomplished instead of depleted of energy. Fat Flushers sleep better, have glowing skin, even moods and better hair, skin, and nails. Fat Flush is not just an eating program but a full-fledged lifestyle approach of satisfying foods, high quality supplements and healthy habits, and I believe that is why there are so many “veteran” Fat Flushers out there.
Why did you decide to update your protocols now?
Now was the perfect time to give Fat Flush a face lift for a variety of reasons. One is that Americans have fully embraced the concept of slimming smart fats in the diet with the popularity of coconut oil, avocados and butter. Cleansing diets are now mainstream—a concept Fat Flush championed over a decade ago. A whole new generation is ready for the Fat Flush phenomenon. It has even been expanded to include more options for the vegans and vegetarians, and it has been freshened up with a brand new 3-Day Tune-Up for even more stellar results for those that need a quick fix, have plateaued or need a kickstart for the new year.
What are the most surprising new insights?
The most unusual insight is the “new thyroid cure” which is introduced in the book. This new cure is connected to a frequently found digestive glitch that many unknowingly suffer from. When this glitch is addressed through special Fat Flush foods and nutrients, not only will hypothyroidism improve but constipation is relieved as well as bloating, leaky gut, and the inability to detox sufficiently. The book features many unexpected reasons why your weight loss resistance is not your fault and brings into play seemingly unrelated factors like a messy microbiome, food sensitivities and “false fat.”
Who will the new book appeal to?
Anyone and everyone wanting to look and feel their best! Whether you want to lose a substantial amount of weight or you simply just want to feel better, Fat Flush will deliver. No matter your age, stage, or gender, this program will detox your entire body, boost your body’s ability to utilize the nutrients you put in to their full potential, and ultimately lead you to a healing lifestyle where you don’t depend upon will power. I also love seeing people do Fat Flush together. There’s power in having an accountability partner (or group). It’s been really gratifying over the years to see the many dynamic mother-daughter duos we’ve had. Our Facebook group, Fat Flush Nation, is very active.
What are some of the key updates?
There are many exciting new features, some of which I have touched upon:
- NEW Three-Day Ultra Fat Flush Tune-Up for quicker cleansing and results
- NEW health revelations linking the gallbladder and liver to thyroid health
- NEW hidden weight gain factors that explain why it’s not your fault you’re fat
- NEW meals, menus, and shopping lists
- NEW tips for managing insulin, hormone, and stress levels
- NEW slimming smart fats and sweeteners
- NEW gluten-free tips for those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance
How do Paleo diet trends compare?
Fat Flush takes Paleo principles to a whole new level. We share the basics: fats, pasture-raised meats, nuts, seeds, legumes, fruits, and veggies. But Fat Flush goes beyond just diet to provide simple rituals for daily detox and liver support. This also boosts high quality bile production for optimum fat digestion and cleansing.
What are some surprising new Fat Flush staples?
My personal favorite is the delicious (and easy) new Fat Flush bone broth recipe. These broths are all the rage right now for good reason, and it only seemed fitting that we had our own. I’m also a huge fan of the new oil choices for the smoothies—now including the original flax, as well as coconut and MCT oil. Giving the signature smoothie more variety has been really fun and we’ve received an outpouring of positive feedback.
What is a typical day on the plan?
During a typical day you’ll begin with a refreshing cup of Fat Flush Lemon Water and then enjoy an energizing breakfast to begin your day. Maybe you’ll have a smoothie with a tropical twist, Fat Flush whey pancakes, or scrambled eggs with bell pepper. During the mid-morning, you’ll enjoy a snack, like a handful of fruit or sliced avocado. You’ll have a nice, relaxing lunch—maybe a colorful salad or a beef and veggie satay, followed later by another snack of your choice. For dinner, you’ll choose one of the many family-friendly meals that will fill and satisfy everyone at the table. Of course, you’ll also be sipping on your 8-ounces of the famous Fat Flush signature—Cran-Water—along with taking your supercharged Fat Flush supplements. In addition, you’ll work in light to moderate exercise at your pace and enjoy Fat Flush relaxation staples like aromatherapy baths and journaling.