Detox your body and lose '1 Pound a Day'

Roni DeLuz, founder of Martha’s Vineyard Holistic Retreat, and James Hester outline a cleansing detox diet that they say will help you lose weight, feel better and rid your body of accumulated toxins. Read an excerpt.

No Chewing?
It's Easier Than You Think

Just the thought of a detox probably sounds like deprivation to you. Doing the 1 Pound a Day Diet Detox does take commitment, but the payoff is worth the effort. Unless you try it, you will never know how great you can feel and how fabulous you will look when you flush out all the toxins that are stressing your body. Consider it a one-month adventure in uncharted territory that leads to the fountain of youth. Time and again we hear from our detoxers that the cleansing month flies by. It is an exciting time. The changes they experience so quickly create momentum and motivation to keep going. You take time off or go on vacation to relax and restore yourself. It’s a start, but don’t you think your entire body deserves a major holiday, too? Give it a rest. That means more than just reducing everyday stress and getting enough sleep. You have to go deep to give your organs a break.

Mother Nature did not design your body to mop up the thousands of manmade chemicals that are poisoning you from the air you breathe, the water you drink, the food you eat, the cleaning and personal grooming products you use, even the clothes you wear. Toxic chemicals accumulate in your organs and make your body sluggish. Toxins affect the way your body metabolizes food and eliminates waste. The end result: those unwanted pounds. Unless you do something about it, toxic overload will overwhelm your body as it struggles to expel damaging chemicals, and you will eventually get sick.

Everything goes more smoothly when your house is in order. Commit yourself to discovering how light you can feel when you clean up from the inside out. You know how great it is to organize your closet and wardrobe and get rid of clothes you never wear that crowd your drawers and closets.

Putting yourself together in the morning becomes a pleasure instead of a mad dash with clothing, accessories, and shoes tossed everywhere. The same is true for your body. It functions more smoothly when toxins do not jam up the works. We are offering you a way to take care of your body like the prized possession it is. You will be amazed as your weight drops steadily. You will like what you see in the mirror — glowing skin, clear bright eyes, glossier hair. The 1 Pound a Day Diet Detox is the ultimate natural beauty treatment, but it has many other powerful benefits that will improve your life. People who have done the program have reported:

• Supercharged energy and less need to sleep or nap

• Better mental clarity, memory, focus

• Fewer headaches and backaches

• Reduction of arthritis, knee, and joint pain

• Fewer colds and a stronger immune system

• Reduction of cellulite

• Improved acne, eczema, and other skin conditions

• Breaking addictions for sugar, caffeine, and nicotine

• Slowing down hair loss

• Stronger fingernails and shining hair

• Reduction of digestive problems

• Restoration of regularity

1 Pound a Day will give you the tools you need to transform your life, to go from blah to radiant. Think of this cleansing detox as a jump start for lifestyle changes that will last forever.

The 1 Pound A Day Diet Detox not only cleanses the organs of your body of accumulated toxins but also nourishes your body on a cellular level. The terms “cleanse” and “detox” have become interchangeable, but there is a distinction. A cleanse primarily focuses on clearing the digestive tract, so that waste does not build up. Our detox eliminates toxins from the organs, the bloodstream, and the entire body, and replenishes the nutrients the body needs to heal and regenerate. This powerful detox uses fresh vegetable juices, pureed vegetable soups, homemade broths, teas, dried and liquid phytonutrients from green vegetables, and antioxidants to fight inflammation, improve joint health, and boost the immune system; probiotics to enhance digestion; and anti-aging compounds.

Get ready not to chew for twenty-one days, and then to add solid food in a very controlled way during the next nine. Not eating solid food for that length of time might seem challenging, but your organs need a rest. Your body needs to repair itself from toxic damage while getting maximum nutrition. Thirty minutes a day of gentle exercise will support the detox process. We are not suggesting that you do a hard workout at the gym or go to a fast-paced aerobics class. That would stress your body too much while you are detoxing. Instead, we recommend a thirty-minute walk or yoga session each day. You can break your exercise into two fifteen-minute walks or sessions if that works better for you.

In the purifying process of the detox, normal hunger disappears as your organs do the work of cleansing. When you provide your body with the nutrients it needs on a cellular level, you will be surprised to see that your appetite changes. Hunger pangs and unhealthy food cravings vanish.

If you are not yet persuaded that detoxing is for you, the first chapter, Why Detox?, will convince you how important a deep cleanse is for your health. If detoxing seems like something wacko that health fanatics do, that chapter will change your mind. By the time you finish reading it, you will be determined to flush toxins from your system, lose weight, and transform your life.

Excerpted from 1 Pound a Day. Copyright © 2013 by Gallery Books. Excerpted by permission of Gallery Books. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.