TheKidzMom

Q:

Hi, ... I've been told by my Doctor that I need to loose 60 lbs. So far I have lost 2 lbs. I've been hearing a lot about 'Aloe Vera Drinks', 'Fat Flushes' and 'Fasting for Health' and I've been thinking of trying them. What I'd like to know is ... 1. What are Fat Flushes? 2. Can Fat Flushes be used during a 'Fast'? 3. Are Fat Flushes & Fasting beneficial for diabetics? 4. What are the health benefits of Aloe Vera Drinks for diabetics? Thank you, in advance!

Amy Campbell

A:

Great questions! A “fat flush” is essentially an attempt to “detoxify” the body while promoting weight loss at the same time. The plan is basically a very low carbohydrate, low calorie (about 1100 to 1200 calories) plan. I would not recommend this type of diet, as it’s likely too low in calories to follow without medical supervision. Also, there is no medical evidence that the body needs detoxifying. If you were able to follow the plan, you would very likely lose weight, but then probably regain the weight once you came off of the diet. Fasting, in general, is not recommended for people with diabetes, especially if they take insulin or types of pills that may lead to low blood glucose. However, there is some evidence that “intermittent” fasting, whereby, for two days a week, you restrict your calorie intake, may be more effective for promoting weight loss than just cutting back on calories. This should not be undertaken without first consulting with your healthcare provider. With intermittent fasting, you still consume food, but in very limited amounts. For example, one fasting plan recommends consuming just 500-600 calories for two days during the week, while eating a “reasonable” amount of food on the other days. Aloe vera juice given to mice with either insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes helped to lower blood glucose levels. However, drinking aloe vera juice can be dangerous, as it is a potent laxative and can lead to electrolyte imbalances, which, in turn, can be harmful to your heart. As tempting as it can be to try “quick fix” weight loss plans, they often backfire in that they are hard to follow, can sometimes be dangerous, and usually don’t lead to any long-lasting weight loss. If you feel like you need assistance or more structure with losing weight, I suggest that you consider meeting with a dietitian for a weight loss plan that’s healthy, or look into a commercial weight loss program, such as Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig or Nutrisystem. Also, find out if there are any weight loss programs or support groups in your community.

June 11, 2013 at 10:05 am