TODAY   |  February 18, 2013

Can a detox diet help you look and feel better?

The Martha’s Vineyard Diet Detox is a 21-day juice and soup regimen that creator Roni Deluz, a registered nurse, says will help your skin, hair and mind feel better.  Madelyn Fernstrom, TODAY’s diet and nutrition editor, discusses some of the benefits and potential drawbacks of this detox program. 

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>>> "today's" kitchen. on the lighter side. this morning, we take a look at the martha's vineyard diet detox, a tough 21-day regime with juices and soups only for three weeks.

>> the author behind one pound a day. she's a registered nurse and has a phd in natural health . madelyn fernstrom is "today's" diet and nutrition editor.

>> we should mention, steve currently on the program. good morning to all of you. steve , your on it right now, like on day six.

>> i'm on day six right now.

>> what is it and what is it like?

>> for me it's a great way to get healthy and cleanse out my system and give it all a chance to rejuvenate and start over again. i've been putting a lot of bad stuff in it, processed foods . it helps me clear it out. side effect , benefit is that i'm going to lose weight . the real benefit for me is to get healthy.

>> the book makes clear people don't understand the toxins that our bodies take in all the time. this is sort of a way to try to reverse that, right?

>> absolutely. it's over 300 different toxins that we come across on a daily basis. so this is a program for 21 days only fruits and juices to transform you from the inside out. and not only do you lose weight , but the whole purpose behind this program is to get healthy.

>> how is it different from all the juice cleanse that are the big craze right now?

>> right now we tell everyone, this program is -- you have to be really careful. you just can't go out and drink five, six different juices in a day. you have to be careful of the sugar content. but the way i designed the program is for many years of studying the science behind detoxing. it's convenient. packages that we use are vegetable and fruit based. you're not drinking sugar all day but drinking vitamins and minerals and vital nutrients. the whole thing is designed for you to get healthy. you not only lose the weight but deinflame your body. your skin looks better, hair looks better. at the end of 21 days your focus and memory -- you just feel healthy and lighter.

>> i hear you saying yes to all these things.

>> i did it before but i only did it for 14 days. in the 14 days, my focus was really good. i was really sharp. but i lost 18 pounds, but i was really clear. i'm on it right now and i'm not lethargic or anything. you really do get the energy.

>> madelyn, are there concerns about going for 21 days without any solid food to speak of?

>> the issue is not solid food but the protein. the really low level of protein for a few weeks. after a couple of days, your body gets it from itself and that's the protein source like muscles. that's something to be aware of. if your body can tolerate that, you're a healthy person like steve , you're doing well on this. the important thing is to not extend beyond, as roni says, 21 days . you're reintroducing real foods and lots of protein. and that's why it's always important to talk to your doctor if you want to do this. as steve said last time he went on it for 14 days. you really have to listen to your body. when you're feeling great, you're do iing fine. if you don't feel great -- roni, i'm sure you've seen many people like this as well. you have to have a heads up. if you have any medical illness and you're not 100% a healthy person, heart issues, diabetes.

>> if i go 21 days without ice cream or fried chicken on the 22nd day i'm going to want some, right?

>> what's to keep you going from right back where you were 21 days earlier?

>> it's a lot of information. go to my website and grab the book and the program. the martha vineyard's diet detox. one thing you have to remember is in one day you get more nutrition in one day on this program than the average person gets in two weeks. on the third or fourth day, you're not hungry. after 21 days , you have to transition yourself back to a healthy lifestyle not for a week but for life. that's what the book is going to teach you. it's going to teach you how to be healthy forever.

>> have you been able to do that, steve ? can you go back to regular eating in a healthy way?

>> yeah, yeah, yeah. except this time i'll be more focused about it. and i didn't lose muscle tone last time.

>> i can tell that.

>> i got you boys in college.

>> you have to find a plan that works.

>> ronni deluz, madelyn fernstrom, thank you very much. steve will stick around and dish out some relationship advice. first your