Wish there was an easy way to reverse weight gain and energy drain this time of year? Kellyann Petrucci, ND, has you covered! Her new five-day detox uses principles of the famous keto diet to ignite mega-fast fat burning while simultaneously flooding your body with special nutrients that restore stamina and radiant health.
“We’ve done clinical testing, and women are losing 5, 10, even 11 pounds in just five days. They also report feeling rested, restored, and revitalized,” reveals the nationally renowned natural-health expert, author of Dr. Kellyann’s Cleanse and Reset ($21.99, Amazon) and six other bestsellers. Bonus: “You’re triggering changes that increase metabolism permanently, so you keep burning off fat long after the five days are over!”
Keto — The Gentle Way
Traditional keto diets replace the sweets and starch we normally eat with fat-rich foods — a trick that slashes the production of blood sugar, the body’s go-to fuel. Our systems respond in a very slimming way: They begin turning stored fat into an alternate fuel called ketones.
University research shows this process causes fat to burn about 900 percent faster. Ketones also block hunger, boost mood, and significantly increase energy. You’ll get all those benefits on Dr. Kellyann’s detox. So why tweak the original keto formula? “If you’re already run-down when you start, a traditional keto plan will make you feel worse,” she explains. “My version is built around liquids like smoothies and soup, which are far easier to digest, taking a lot of stress off a body that’s already worn out.”
On top of that, she adds, research shows we absorb up to 90 percent more nutrients from liquids than solids. “Your body uses these nutrients to speed metabolism, eliminate toxins trapped in cells and heal itself,” Dr. Petrucci notes. “That’s what makes this such a reinvigorating way to slim down. The more you heal, the better you feel!”
The type of protein you get during Dr. Kellyann’s detox is another key. “I’ve been prescribing collagen and collagen-rich bone broth to my patients for decades because no other protein stimulates faster fat loss,” she says. Turns out, the amino acids in collagen help us turn more of the food we eat into calorie-burning muscle instead of fat. University of Arkansas testing found collagen significantly boosted weight loss and metabolism even in women over the age of 70. Meanwhile, during a separate study at a private lab, folks who simply added collagen to their regular meals lost 10 pounds of fat! No wonder top docs are raving.
“The nutrient-dense foods you’ll eat on Dr. Kellyann’s cleanse are nothing short of transformative,” says University of Iowa nutrition authority Terry Wahls, MD, author of The Wahls Protocol. Adds Harvard-trained wellness expert Amy Shah, MD, “Do your body a favor and try this quick, easy, science-based cleanse. You’re going to love the results!”
Dr. Kellyann’s Keto Detox Plan
Use Dr. Kellyann’s basic detox menu for five days, enjoying smoothies at breakfast and snack time, a detox shake for lunch and detox soup for dinner. (Find collagen powder for the drinks along with convenient shake and soup mixes at DrKellyann.com.) Sip all the water, black coffee, and tea you like. Post-detox, favor options that are unprocessed and lower in carbs. As always, get a doctor’s okay to try any new plan.
Upon waking up, sip a glass of water (either hot or cold) with the juice of 1⁄2 lemon and any herbs you like. Dr. Kellyann says this hydrates and gives you a nice dose of vitamin C — two factors that help shift your metabolism out of “sleep mode.”
Blend 1 cup water, 1 scoop collagen powder, 2 handfuls of greens, 1 serving fat (like 1⁄4 avocado and 2 Tbsp. nut butter), stevia or monk fruit sweetener, spices and ice to taste. Enjoy as breakfast and again at midday.
Keto Detox Shakes
Blend 1 scoop collagen powder, 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk, 1 serving frozen berries, 2 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder, stevia or monk fruit sweetener, and ice to taste. Enjoy for lunch.
Keto Detox Soup
Simmer 2 cups bone broth (homemade or storebought), 1 Tbs. olive or coconut oil, unlimited nonstarchy veggies and seasoning to taste. Enjoy for dinner.
Recipe adapted from Dr. Kellyann’s Cleanse and Reset. Copyright ©2019 by Kellyann Petrucci. Published by Rodale Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.