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Dr. Oz: Belly-fat buster detox diet and vegan cleanse enhance weight loss

Dr. Oz's detox diet and meal plan boosts weight loss and burns belly fat
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Dr. Oz said detox diets and vegan cleanses accelerate weight loss and melt belly fat on the June 9 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.

In 2005, documentary filmmaker Joe Cross lost 100 pounds while following a 60-day detox juice diet. Not only did Cross lose almost two pounds a day without exercise on his juice cleanse, but his belly fat melted off.

Joe also got off all his medications, and his immune health dramatically improved (he rarely got sick, even a cold). Cross' incredible weight-loss journey was chronicled in the documentary, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.

Joe, 48, has easily maintained his weight loss for the past nine years, and discussed the health benefits of detox juice cleanses in his new book, The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet.

Vegan Cleanse Curbs Inflammation

Dr. Oz's guest was Dr. Alejandro Junger, author of Clean Gut. In addition to weight loss, Dr. Junger said detox fasts prevent heart disease, cancer, insomnia and depression.

Dr. Junger recommended a vegan cleanse if you're suffering from inflammation because vegetables fight inflammation, which are usually caused by potatoes, bread, and dairy.

His vegan cleanse protocol includes:

  • No animal products or dairy
  • No gluten
  • No nightshades
  • Three meals and two snacks a day.

Dr. Junger said his 3-day all-liquid cleanse detoxifies your body from the damage caused by too much processed food and busts belly fat. The 3-Day All-Liquid Cleanse involves the following:

  • Only liquid meals for three days (no solid food allowed).
  • Your diet will be three liquid meals and one liquid snack per day.
  • You should consume 14 to 20 grams of protein a day.
  • Your diet must include healthy fats.

Breakfast shake

Lunch shake

  • One apple
  • One cup of coconut water
  • One avocado
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Fresh ginger.

Dinner: A warm bowl of vegetable soup.

Dr. Oz suggested taking milk thistle to help your liver with the detoxification and a probiotic to promote the growth of good gut bacteria, which have been proven to accelerate weight loss.

Dr. Oz previously recommended Dr. Mark Hyman's 10-Day Detox Diet, which can help you lose 10 pounds in 10 days.