Friday, June 8, 2007
Medical Reports: HEALTHCAST: Detox Debate
From fast food to makeup, toxins are all around us and, whether we know it or not, we're consuming them every day. Now a new controversial diet may help get rid of those unwanted chemicals in the body with one side effect: weight loss. But do the pounds really stay off? Seven's Christine Cruz takes a look at the detox diet in tonight's Healthcast.
WSVN -- Three months ago, Lisa Lenning decided she wanted to get fit for the sake of her health and her three kids.
Lisa Lenning: "My son, who is nine, goes to school and says, 'My mommy lost this amount of weight this week.'"
This was Lisa then and this is her now, 58 pounds lighter.
Doctor Channing Bolick put Lisa on his cleanse diet, which rids the body of toxins.
Doctor Channing Bolick: "The body will naturally surround a toxin with fat, so, if you get the toxin out of the fat, the body will naturally burn the fat."
The first two days of the diet include aloe vera-based mineral drinks, snack tablets to control blood sugar and water, lots of water.
Doctor Channing Bolick: "You take half your body weight, divide it in half and put ounces at the end."
The diet then starts slowly, adding things like protein shakes, light lunches.
When you get to the end, it's back to water, but nutritionist Meredith Luce and other experts question the theory.
Meredith Luce, registered dietitian: "Instead of doing the aloe vera and all the other various things that go along with it, getting realistic and recognizing that you've got to eat less."
Luce says it takes 21 days to break bad eating habits, and to cleanse for nine won't make permanent changes, but Lisa and many others say detox helped them lose weight.
"Look pretty, Mom."
And this mom is working hard to make sure those pounds stay off permanently.
Christine Cruz: "If you want to do your own mini detox, check with your doctor and then set three or four days aside and cut down on foods high in toxins like alcohol and processed foods. Make sure you exercise, so your body can sweat out any toxins left after your detox."
FOR MORE INFORMATION: