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The Fat Resistance Diet
The Fat Resistance Diet

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Detoxify and Lose Weight

By Dr. Leo Galland, M.D., and Jonathan Galland Don't think you have to starve yourself to flush away toxins. It's all about choosing the right foods.

Detoxify and Renew

The start of the New Year is the perfect time to make a fresh beginning, to renew yourself, and to get your energy back. Losing the extra holiday pounds is at the top of many New Year’s resolutions. But losing weight is not simply about willpower. You can support the body’s natural healing processes through optimum nutrition. One important process is detoxification. Detoxification plays a central role in weight loss and establishing good health.

Detoxification is a natural, automatic process that occurs in the body 24 hours a day. You can support your body’s ability to detoxify through positive lifestyle choices, such as enhanced nutrition, limiting toxic exposures, exercise, and stress reduction. In our book The Fat Resistance Diet we provide our basic approach in Chapter Nine: Detoxify—and Lose Weight.

Detoxify With More Nutrition, Not Less

When we talk about detoxification, we do not mean fasting, purging, or other procedures, and do not recommend these. Fasting can be dangerous and it undermines the body’s ability to detoxify naturally by depriving the body of adequate nutrition.

The point of detoxification is to help your body process toxins by giving it more nutrition.

Why is it important to help your body detoxify? Because toxins may be blocking you from losing that weight.

Toxins cause inflammation, leading to leptin resistance. When leptin resistance occurs in the body, excess weight is maintained. The Fat Resistance Diet was created to reduce inflammation, overcome leptin resistance, and allow metabolism to increase.

The liver is the major organ for detoxification. For the liver to function well in its job of detoxification, it requires nutrition: adequate protein is essential to this effort, and many vegetables and herbs can help. Our diet plan provides protein throughout the meal plans and nine or ten servings of fruit and vegetables per day.

Foods to Help Detoxify

There are special foods you can eat that help the liver function well to process toxins:

  • Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower
  • Sea vegetables such as hijiki, dulse, and wakame, which are from Japanese cuisine
  • Dark greens such as kale, collard greens, and swiss chard

For an easy and quick way to have more vegetables, we created our special formula of supplement called SlimGreens, and our whole family has been mixing it into vegetable juice or fruit juice. It contains a great mix of vegetables and fruits such as dulse, broccoli, kale, blueberry, cherry, and more.

Wishing you a Happy, Healthy New Year!

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Dr. Leo Galland is a board-certified internist who received his education at Harvard University and the New York University School of Medicine. He has held faculty positions at New York University, Rockefeller University, the State University of New York, and the University of Connecticut.  Interviews with Dr. Galland and articles about his work have been featured in Newsweek, Reader's Digest, Self, Bazaar, Men's Fitness, The New York Times,  The Washington Post, and many other publications. He has written three highly acclaimed popular books, The Fat Resistance Diet, Power Healing, and Superimmunity for Kids.

Jonathan Galland is a health writer for newspapers, magazines, and major news Web sites. He is frequently interviewed as a weight loss and health expert on the radio and has appeared on Martha Stewart Living Radio. His work has been featured on the cover of Fitness, Glamour, and Women's World and in publications such as The Washington Post, Body and Soul, Self, and The Wall Street Journal. Jonathan is co-author of The Fat Resistance Diet, with his father Leo Galland, M.D. Their book has been translated and published in Italy as La Dieta Galland and in Japan as Dr. Galland’s Metabolic Diet.

This article is provided for general educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice or counseling, the practice of medicine or the provision of health care diagnosis or treatment, the creation of a physician-patient relationship, or an endorsement, recommendation, or sponsorship of any third party product or service by the sender or the sender's affiliates, agents, employees, or service providers. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, contact your doctor promptly.

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