Natural health guru Kellyann Petrucci, N.D., has made a name for herself with powerful cleanses that slim and heal. “But I’m always looking for ways to make them even more powerful,” she says. “So I began researching konjac, a root that grows in Asia. I quickly realized its incredible health and weight-loss benefits.” After adding powdered konjac to her signature soups and smoothies, “I had some patients help me test it. We were all amazed.”
Women can now use her detox to drop up to 11 pounds in days while triggering effortless, ongoing fat loss. Bonus: Konjac turbocharges any diet. “In one study, people lost significant weight without changing their eating habits at all,” notes the best-selling author of Dr. Kellyann’s Cleanse and Reset (buy on Amazon, $17.79). “And there’s additional evidence that konjac improves skin, blood sugar, cholesterol, and digestion. No matter how you use it, you end up looking and feeling your absolute best!”
Eaten in Japan for hundreds of years, konjac is a type of yam most commonly used in the U.S. to make shirataki noodles. It’s also available as a supplement called glucomannan (buy on Amazon, $14.66) and can be blended into liquids and baked goods. Dr. Kellyann says both the noodles and the soup are getting a lot of attention these days thanks to keto dieters.
“Konjac compounds are so hard for us to break down that we barely absorb any carbs or calories from them,” she explains. An entire package of konjac noodles has negligible carbs and just 20 calories. “They’re basically a free food on keto or any diet. And the supplement is a zero-cal, zero-carb way to make ordinary foods extraordinary.”
The Konjac Secret
Turns out, the special fiber in konjac acts like a sponge in the digestive tract, sopping up liquids and “reducing the absorption of carbs and cholesterol,” according to Dr. Oz, who featured it in a segment on great ways to lose weight. Adds Dr. Kellyann: Konjac fiber “grabs on to three times more fat in your GI tract than everyday fiber does.” So you can simply eat konjac with other foods — like your favorite holiday treats! — and many of the calories won’t count.
There’s more: As konjac takes on liquid, it becomes a thick gel that moves slowly through our systems, creating a lasting feeling of fullness. Plus, this gel gets in the body’s way as it tries to turn carbs into sugar, a factor that prevents blood-sugar spikes and cravings. “You automatically want less food and end up cutting calories without any sense of deprivation,” explains Dr. Kellyann.
As for her favorite benefit: “The gel formed by konjac root soothes the gut lining, allowing it to heal. We now know that an inflamed gut — which is caused by junk food and stress — leads to body-wide inflammation and is one of the biggest causes of weight gain and many other health problems,” she says.
“Soothe your gut, and you set yourself up for weight control and wellness over the long haul.” Dr. Kellyann adds that konjac is a perfect detox ingredient because its fiber actually attaches to toxins and helps get them out of your system. “It’s like a conveyor belt,” she says. “Get more konjac in your system, and the toxins and excess fat come out!”
The Konjac Keto Detox
For those motivated to lose quickly, Dr. Kellyann recommends a konjac-spiked keto cleanse like this. Konjac needs fluid to work, so be sure to drink lots of water. After five days, gradually expand menus with natural, low-carb foods. Find convenient smoothie, shake, and soup mixes at DrKellyann.com. As always, get a doctor’s okay to try any new eating plan.
Lemon Water — Upon waking, sip water (either room temperature or warm) with the juice of ½ lemon. Dr. Kellyann says this provides nutrients that boost fat burning and prompt the release of bloat.
Super Green Smoothie — Blend 1 cup greens, 1 cup water, 2 Tbs. nut butter or MCT oil, 1 scoop collagen, ½ tsp. glucomannan powder, stevia, spices and ice to taste. Enjoy two daily.
Keto Detox Shake — Blend 1 scoop collagen, 1 cup unsweetened nut milk, ½ cup frozen berries, 2 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa, stevia, cinnamon and ice to taste. Enjoy once daily.
This article originally appeared in our print magazine.