Diet Fads & Rip-offs
Two years ago, ABC News published a story saying that there were
100 million dieters in the US creating a $20 billion diet/year
It is now estimated that we spend $40 billion a
year trying to lose weight. That's $110 million spent each day. [Dr
Mark Fuhrman, Eat to Live.]
This is America: land of liberty, home of the brave. Oh, and some
fat; lots of fatties in America.
There are many reasons we in
America are fatter than most other countries. But first we should note
that Mexico passed us up last year as the fattest nation on earth.
This should have been expected. Mexico has always looked up to
America and followed her lead. For centuries Mexicans have cooked
with lard. Not long ago, they decided to copy America and they
started cooking with shortening (trans fats). Historically, Mexicans
have never had much skin cancer. Suddenly skin cancer was
They ate whole food for centuries, and now they
eat junk like we do.
And the poorer you are, the more junk you eat.
Good food costs a lot of money. The crap? Well, they're practically
giving it away.
Another facet not entirely exclusive to Americans is
that we have little
patience, and what we want, we want now. People (teachers) talk about
delayed gratification, but we want it now. We want to see results
now. This is one reason conventional medicine is so attractive: take
a pill, the pain is gone.
When it comes to dieting, we’re that same instant-gratification
people. We want results now. We want a pill. We don’t want to do the
hard work. We want someone else to do it for us. And this is why
there is a huge market out there just waiting to take your money;
spend upwards of $20 billion a year on weight loss programs. We see
a diet program online and we buy it. Then they send us another
program and we buy it. Some people have bought six or seven online diet
programs and haven’t lost a pound yet. They keep thinking that if
only I read the right one the pounds will melt off.
Marketing knows its audience. So do hucksters and frauds. And
when people are spending $20 billion a year, pretty soon every
huckster and fraud around is going to try to get a piece of it. They
know we want someone else to do all the hard work, so they lie to us
telling us we can eat the foods we want, never suffer hunger pangs, and
exercise? Nobody needs to do any exercise!
|One huckster, Kevin Trudeau,
put away for ten years.
We've talked about this guy (somewhere
at this site). In fact, someone wrote a book on cancer and sent it
to me to review. At the end of the book was a list of recommended
reading. When I saw Kevin Trudeau's book listed there (Natural
Cures They Don't Want You To Know About), I immediately wrote
back to the author telling him we would NOT review his book as long
as he associates himself with this fraud.
Personally, I'm more willing than the next to
forgive someone their past after they've done their time, but when
Trudeau got out of prison, suddenly he was an expert in health and
wellness and quickly came out with his book while making
infomercials that were borderline fraudulent. And I wasn't about to
let this guy fly because...well let me tell you about the first time
I heard about him:
If you see an ad about 1 weird tip, or
3 weird foods, run away. They're going to put on a dog &
pony show just to get your money, and it doesn't end there.
A friend called me one night and said he wanted
to read me something. I said, ok, sat back, and put the phone on
speaker. He started reading and it sounded very familiar. When he
finished, he asked: "Do you know who wrote that?' I responded,
"Well, it kinda sounds like something I wrote." He replied, "That's
what I thought, but guess where I found it."
Long story short, Trudeau had lifted his book right from the pages
of other authors. He's scum and now he's gone to jail over a
GET THIS ─
weight loss book.
When you hear any of these claims about how easy
their program is or how you don't need to exercise, run. Run away. Eat the foods you
want? Hell, it's those foods that got us fat in the first place.
Though there is an exception: the "latest" diet discovery is that having a "cheat" day is
actually good for us. It rewards us and it resets our metabolism to
high gear. So for ONE day, you can eat the foods you want. But not
feel hungry? What kind of diet lets you eat until your heart (and
stomach) are content? Yes, you will at times feel hungry, and that's
why a good plan has healthy "cheats."
And whether you diet or not, you are human and
humans need to move. A day without movement is like a day in a
So let’s start looking at some of these rip-offs. Keep in mind
that if you follow a program and do what you need to do, even these
rip-offs will work. And then there’s the 1 in 500 who finds success
with any old crappy product and loses weight. These people are the
ones giving you testimonials for the crappy product. They are not
you. In most cases, only a solid plan, due diligence, and hard work
will get you through to your goal. If you are a lucky 1 in 500, hey,
all the better.
Alan Hirsch, M.D., who developed Sensa, says proof of its
effectiveness comes from a six-month study he conducted in which
participants lost an average of 15 percent of their body weight. The
makers of Aroma Patch and SlimScents point to another study by Dr.
Hirsh to bolster their claims. That study, which was reported in a
medical journal, showed that volunteers who used an aroma inhaler
lost an average of 2 percent of their body weight over six months.
Alan Hirsch conducted his own research. This should be enough to
send up a few red flags. Exactly how objective could a person be who
stands to make millions?
Besides, one look at the study shows just how
flawed it was. There was no control group and in a study of weight
loss, behavior is an important factor. Without a Sensa placebo
group, one cannot be certain that the weight loss seen in the study
is actually due to Sensa’s ingredients or because Sensa just made
people more aware of their food intake.
Well, just this year, Sensa was
forced by the courts to refund $26.5 million dollars.
At the same time, the courts went after L’Occitane that
advertised a cream that would slim your body, and the HCG Diet
Direct that marketed a human hormone touted for half a century as a
weight-loss treatment. Only thing is, there are no studies behind
either of these products. Not even one conducted by their makers, as
in Sensa’s case.
The truly interesting thing here is that Sensa is still being
Shake Away The Pounds. (Go ahead. Click and check them out.)
I love this advertisement:
You can find this product on Amazon. The sellers are practically
giving it away because, well, it’s not as good as the advertising
would have you believe.
I love the part in the ad where the woman says: “You
just can’t do it
on your own. You can’t.”
Boy oh boy. That is something every diet program in the universe
wants you to believe. They want you to believe that you need them. You need their advice, their
products, their books, and all the books, products, and advice of
all their friends.
Lipozene is a product of a tiny little company called The Obesity
Research Institute, LLC. In the last three years the Better Business
Bureau has received 150 complaints about this institute and their
The Obesity Research Institute hasn't performed
any research. Its only job is to sell you this product. They rented
an office in the office complex below (found using Google Maps).
Their job is to sell a "diet pill."
The interesting thing is, this product has been around for years.
It’s a powder in a pill called Glucomannan.
Glucomannan is a water soluble dietary fiber. It has virtually
zero calories and it expands in your stomach. The danger
of taking glucomannan is not drinking enough water, or taking it at
So, here’s their plan: take glucomannan before a meal and you will
feel full faster. The thing is, if you are not feeling full, it’s
because your hormones are out of whack and no amount of fiber is
going to fix that. To get your hormones balanced, you have to modify your diet and
incorporate an exercise
You can purchase Glucomannan anywhere. Every health food store
sells it. But first, I want you to go here and click on the radio
My favorite part of this ad is where he says that it's going to
expand in your stomach to over 50 times its size, and that it’s all
natural, as if consuming things that expand 50 times their size is
At the end of this page, I’m going to let you in on a nutritional
form of this glucomannan that dieters will actually love. So be sure
to stick around.
Bystrictin is mainly glucomannan and a few other forms of fiber
that will expand and make you eat less. The problem with this is
that as your stomach expands, it will expand to where you need more
food to make you feel satiated. The stomach is an ever widening bag
that will eventually hold a lot more than you need.
Garcinia Cambogia (HCA)
This is one of my favorites. Why? Because it just goes to show us
all what a huckster Dr Oz really is.
I have a friend who makes
Pam’s Pepper Jam.
By the way, it is the best darn pepper
jam on the planet and on my “cheat” days I put it on everything. She
has had people come to her after one of her presentations and tell
her that normally they wouldn’t even think of trying a “hot” jam,
but since Dr Oz told them they should start eating hotter to boost
their metabolism, they were going to try her pepper jam.
Dr Oz has become the Oprah Winfrey of the medical world. I
remember publishing the Masters Cleanse at our site and that was
that. The day after Oprah mentioned the Masters Cleanse on TV, you
couldn’t find a lemon in the entire country.
When Dr Oz says something, people listen. Even if it’s pure crap,
Here is what Dr Oz says about Garcinia:
The HCA extract from garcinia cambogia supplement aids in
weight loss by doing two things: It helps to block fat, and
it suppresses your appetite.
HCA blocks fat by inhibiting a key enzyme that your body
needs to make fat from carbohydrates: Citrate lyase. Usually
carbohydrates or sugars that are not used immediately or
stored in other forms are converted into fats. When HCA
inhibits citrate lyase, the fat-making process is halted and
the production of LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides
HCA also suppresses appetite by increasing serotonin levels.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in your brain that makes you feel
good. It’s a target of many antidepressant medications. Having low
levels of serotonin may make you feel depressed or anxious; it
drives many people into emotional
or reactive eating. By increasing serotonin levels,
HCA improves mood and suppresses the drive to react to stressful
situations with food. As you eat less, your body senses this and it
releases stored fat in your fat cells.
I love the web, because you can always get a second opinion. And
if your doctor is a huckster, you will probably want a second opinion.
The Journal of Obesity performed a meta-analysis of randomized
clinical trials using this weight loss product: Garcinia.
You can read about them here:
The Use of Garcinia Extract
Hydroxycitric Acid) as a Weight Loss Supplement: A Systematic Review
and Meta-Analysis of Randomised Clinical Trials.
Or you can jump to the conclusion: “The evidence from RCTs
suggests that Garcinia extracts/HCA generate weight loss on
the short term. However, the magnitude of this effect is small, is
no longer statistically significant when only rigorous RCTs are
considered, and its clinical relevance seems questionable. Future
trials should be more rigorous, longer in duration, and better
If you are going to use this product, it has to be a part of a
rigorous diet and exercise program.
I’ve been gathering data and jotting down websites for months
preparing to write this article. The most interesting thing I’ve
discovered is that over 50% of the links I saved for this article lead to dead ends.
The page has moved, no longer exists, or has been abducted by
We were in an affiliate program for The Diet
Solution once, but we dropped out when I realized they were
constantly bombarding any of our readers who went there, and
constantly trying to sell them more and more and more. Well, here is
the link to their "site:"
Go ahead and take a look where it brings you.
Everyone has a scam for you. If you search for diet products
using Google, the first links to appear are from advertisers.
One of the biggest and newest marketing devices
on the web (and we've touched on this in the past) is to tell you
BEWARE OF A SCAM, because they’re going to tell you the
(yeah, right!) and
then take all your money.
I found this great picture with text below it saying: Eat this
strange fruit and lose weight forever.
The thing is, when I clicked on the link, I got
me a page full of promises but this fruit wasn’t
there. The ad was simply a come-on to get me to go to their
page. I looked up this fruit on Google using their reverse image
search (you drag the image into the search and Google will go find
it on the web). I discovered that this fruit is from Australia. And
it has nothing to
do with weight loss. It’s just one of
So, let me ask you: If they lie to get you in,
how much of what they have to tell you after that are you willing to
believe? How much will you trust their "diet program?"
To sum it up: Beware of the
"come-ons." When they talk about a "weird" trick or "eat this" or "3
foods never to eat if you want to lose belly fat," or "3 foods to
eat to lose belly fat" you are seeing a come-on. Beware of the
come-ons because you're going to get a "great" pitch that will
appeal to all your emotions, fears, sensibilities, and senses. These
sales gimmicks have been researched for years and modified with the
advance of media. The invention of the web has created a whole new
tool box of sales gimmicks. Just beware.
Here’s a site:
You can get a Simple Green Smoothie there that is going to take
off the pounds. And you don’t have to do a thing. No exercise, no
dieting. Just drink the darn smoothie.
That should be the first clue that you’re being bamboozled;
easy and you don’t have to do a thing. If dieting was easy and
nobody had to do a thing, would we have an epidemic of fat in
Here’s a come-on from someone I normally respect:
How eating less
and exercising more actually slows your metabolism.
Why people who
eat the least tend to weigh the most.
Exactly WHY you
gain it back every time.
Why just 20
minutes a week of exercise is all you need.
What’s interesting is that, as someone who has studied weight
loss and nutrition for some time, these things border on the truth.
When you cut your calories, your body goes into the starvation mode
and your metabolism drops. But people who eat the least tend to
weigh the most is borderline bullshit. Why people gain it back is
because they went on a diet and then they stopped the diet and went
back to eating/living as they did before the diet.
There is no such thing as going on a diet. You change your life.
You have to change your life, at least in some way,
so that you'll know when you've left your path and have to get back
on your path. This is how you maintain your weight and health.
Diet Tip: One of the first signs
that something has to change is when you no longer feel full when
your belly is full. This is one of the first signs that your body is
about to become enhanced (fat).
Oh, and the 20 minutes a week of exercise? Yes, but that’s for
maintenance. If you really want to take it off, you’ll want to do 20
minutes three times a week, with a bit of weight lifting and a lot
Here’s one last come-on I got in my mail:
When I first laid eyes on Jenny Thompson,
I thought, "There's no WAY this woman could be running a
I didn't doubt her talent -- she's one of the most creative,
driven people I've ever met, all the years I've known her.
But here she was, working with some of the most brilliant
minds in natural medicine...with a team of top health
experts and nutrition researchers at her
fingertips...running the very successful Health Sciences
The fact is she was kind of...well...fat.
I couldn't help but notice it! You see, our paths cross all
the time, because our companies are owned by the same parent
And I'm not talking about 5 or 10 extra pounds. Not even 20.
From what I could tell, she was a shocking 50 pounds
too heavy -- maybe more.
But if you saw Jenny today, you would never know it.
Her transformation is nothing short of a miracle...or so I
Jenny let me in on 1 strange little secret
that changed everything for her -- and made her the
confident, healthy, beautiful person she is today...
At a perfectly normal weight.
She looks better than she has in her life, and younger
too. And you can tell by looking at her that she's never
The best part is she did it while eating ANYTHING she wanted
-- even crusty Italian bread and buttery al dente pasta --
and without doing any exercise AT ALL.
So what's Jenny's secret?
What’s Jenny’s secret? It’s simple. Her secret is she’s going to
make a million dollars this year selling you a program that might or
might not work for you.
Whenever you hear “strange secret” run like crazy.
This is another
of the latest marketing tricks to suck you in.
Keep in mind that everyone is different. What works for Jenny,
might not work for you. This is why any diet program has to cover
all the bases, and not just sit out in right field for someone
“special” like Jenny.
The Long Hard Sell
If you get any health/wellness newsletter,
eventually the newsletter will point you to a "must see" video. It's
not really a video. It is mainly a huge sales pitch. My latest favorite
was the one that was going to tell me about three special things.
The first two were up front, the last one though, he was going to
save for last...but first, he was going to tell me all about his
program. I listened to the entire sales pitch. He never got around
to number three.
So I started the recording over, but this time,
I attempted to go to another site. This is when you get a little
pop-up window asking you if you really want to leave. They even
offer you a non-existent $10.00 off (they say you'll get a coupon
code, but that never materialized). When someone sends me to a site
with a "video," I always try to leave it, then when I get the popup,
98% of the time I'll get a page of advertizing rather than the
"video" sales pitch.
I love the nice long advertizing. They make
promises after promises. And they know their business because most
of the time they've hired advertizing experts to create these pages.
They're going to appeal to every emotion you've ever had. They are
going to manipulate you.
This is NOT a Fantasy – This Can All Be Yours, But
Only if You Take Action Right Now...
Everything is NOW or TODAY. They want you to
think you're getting a discount today.
I know all about sales pitches. When I returned
home from Vietnam, the only organizations hiring trained
killers were the Mafia and Direct Sales. (That's a joke.)
I got a job in sales, and I know how to take your
money. A good salesperson has an unlimited income. They can make
more next year if they want. They just have to be good and make
Another thing common to all these diet programs are the stock
images. This photo on the right is a standard image for diet
programs. Hey, even I purchased a stock photo for the cover of my
diet book (Rapid Safe Weight Loss). I mean really, what's a diet
book without a picture of a pretty gal swimming in a pair of jeans
12 sizes too big for her?
The reality is, that model has NEVER been that
Now the image on the left just cracks me up. It
doesn't take a trained eye to see that the person in the before
photo isn't the person in the after photo. The jeans aren't even the
same. And she must have really lost a lot of weight because he ring
on her right hand has slipped right off her thin fingers.
Another commonality is you never pay full price.
I've seen weight loss programs that are valued at thousands of
dollars, on sale, TODAY ONLY, for $69.99.
What a great scam. They get to inflate the cost
of their trash so they can sell it at an inflated cost.
Remember the old days when we bought real books?
The information in this guy's diet program couldn't fill an average
book. That book sold for 6 to 12 dollars, tops. Now they put
together "pamphlets" with huge print, lots of white space, and
quadruple the price.
here's another example, but interestingly enough, the same stock photos
used by the guy on the right were used by another weight loss site
(on your left).
The guy on the left is selling you one thin
pamphlet for (today only!) plus five bonus thin pamphlets FREE for
81% off the retail price of $197.00. Just $37.00 for all that.
(All of which wouldn't fill your average paperback novel.)
And the guy on the right is selling his product
(today only!) which retails for $290.00, for only $39.99, but wait,
you get a full access to the program for seven days for just ONE
And then your credit card will be billed for
the rest at exactly one minute past midnight seven days from now.
I love, by the way, the idea of a package rather
than a booklet on the right. It just makes you feel like there's really something
inside that thing that could be worth $290.00.
My book? It's $10.00. And overpriced at that. It
too wouldn't fill your average paperback novel. But what it does
have is EVERYTHING ADVERTIZED IN ALL THESE REALLY REALLY EXPENSIVE
PROGRAMS. Because all the information in them is out there. It's in
books, in studies, on web sites. It's there. If you found it all, it
might cost you upwards of $60.00. I know, because when I spent my
time learning all about metabolism, I bought a lot of books from the
experts. And when I felt I was expert enough, I put my own program
together (based on the research of the experts). I put it together
for myself, and then made it into an e-book for anyone who wanted to
try it. Because it worked. I was able to lose five pounds a week
following the plan I created. And yes, there was a great cheat day
in which I drank a morning mocha, had nachos, pizza, and a few
beers. This was my reward for making it through the week without
losing my mind.
But there is one thing I will not do: I will not
make a huge lying sales pitch. I tell you right up front, this
program is difficult and if you're not ready for it, don't waste
your money. You will have to work your butt off (how do you think it
got so small? magic?) and you will have to work the program. Yes,
there are tiny cheats and things that will accelerate the weight
loss so you don't feel you're just spinning your wheels. But it's not
going to be as easy as all these other folks pretend it is. Take a
look for yourself: Rapid Safe Weight
Even when the information is good....
Since I get a kajillion newsletters, I've seen
anything you can think of. After a while, when I get the lie: "See
this video before it's taken down!" I start to unsubscribe. What I
like is that sometimes, the articles they send out stimulate me to
investigate more and write my own article, though sometimes, I just
pass them onto you and give you a chance to subscribe, if you want.
What I'm going to show you next is "damn good
research." I've been writing this same stuff up for my re-write of
my diet book. It took me six years of research to write the diet
book. I learned a lot about hormones. But there were a few things
that hadn't been published while I was researching and I've learned
them since. Well, here's a guy who's going to tell you exactly
what's going into my re-write. It is great. He hits everything I've
learned about handling hormones since first publishing mine, and
some of what he says we've already talked about in our newsletters
and articles (like our discussion on adiponectin).
Before you read it, I should tell you that he's
trying to sell you something. Yes, he has to make a living. So,
you're getting a well designed sales pitch. If you do read it, come
back and I'll show you something you'll want to know:
The Four Fat Burning Barriers and How to Shatter Them.
If you've read it by now, you know it's a well
researched article. However, the product is highly OVERPRICED. You
see, there are companies that make products and if you have a
website or a store front, you can buy that product for your
inventory, with YOUR label. This is one of those products. Let me
tell you, I've had hundreds of companies approach me asking me if
we'd like our own label supplements. The moment the label goes on,
the price goes up. I've turned them down.
Now let's take a look at the ingredients in Real
Dose Weight Loss Formula No 1.
|Black Pepper (called BioPerine®)
Just in case you're confused,
the ingredients on the left are what is in Real Dose's product. At
Swanson, you buy the ingredients separately. The amounts listed (in
milligrams) are the amounts in both companies' products.
Lowat™ is the marketing name of the two things
you read about in his article: Dolichos biflorus (seed)
extract, Piper betle (leaf) extract.
And I love it that you can take a pinch of black
pepper, re-name it BioPerine®,
and up the price a thousand percent. The reason I didn't post a Swanson
version is this: my readers put pepper on their food. And if they
really want to stimulate their fat burning, they put cayenne pepper
on their food. My readers let their food be their medicine.
You are told to take the Real Dose product 3
times a day, but the studies he quoted (in his paper) didn't do
that. According to the "studies," you take Svetol (the green coffee)
twice a day (with meals), Lowat™ three times a
day, at meals, but not necessarily, and the Rhodiola needs to be
taken just once a day, though twice is optimal.
Svetol is taken prior to a meal to help keep your
blood sugar from spiking. If you're fasting, you don't need to take
it. He didn't tell you that, did he?
So now we should compare costs (because you get a
quantity discount through Real Dose):
|30 Day Supply
|90 Day Supply
|180 Day Supply
Swanson always has good products and a good
price. I've not yet found these products made by NOW Foods, but I'm
sure soon they will have their versions and the price will probably
come down even further.
What we've learned here is you can get some
very good information from a variety of places, but when they
continually tell you that their ingredients are the same ingredients
in the same amounts as were used in studies, watch out. The price
will probably be inflated.
And Now for the Weight Loss (non-secret) Secrets I promised
These are not really secrets. Like anything, if you look for an answer,
you’ll find it.
Remember the glucomannan we talked about? It comes from a
Japanese root that looks a bit like a potato. They’re being grown all
around the world now and not only for pills in health food stores,
but for food stores. Look around, ask, perhaps your local
supermarket has noodles called shirataki or konjac noodles.
Some contain tofu also. That’s what I’ve found at our local
supermarket. They keep them refrigerated, but they don't have to be.
They're in plastic, soaking in water.
I’m going to introduce you to a website where you can
order a variety of these noodles (even tiny bits they call rice) for
your stir fries, and even to take the place of pasta for spaghetti
or in pasta salads.
Welcome to the
site. I should tell you that I first posted this link before
finding out if they had an affiliate program. They've contacted me
because of some things I've written about them and told me about it,
so we joined up.
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Here you will find everything you ever wanted to know about this
noodle and you’ll be able to order as much as you need per month.
You get a "quantity discount" and if you get on their auto-ship program, you can subtract an additional 15%.
So, if you order a quantity, and join their auto-ship program, and
use the above discount code (AFF10) you should get around a 40%
discount on your first order, and they will be shipped to you for
around a 30% discount every month.
I get about $40/month
in these noodles. They do not require refrigeration till you’ve
opened them, but after I’ve opened them, they get eaten. DO NOT
They actually have “negative” calories since the fibers surround
your other foods and they don’t get fully digested hence you don’t
get all the calories.
And if you eat SLOWLY (like you’re supposed to eat), you get
fuller faster. And you are letting your food be your medicine.
I will be posting recipes in my newsletter that
use miracle noodles and more suggestions for using them. So, if you
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One Final "Questionable" Tip
There's an old fat flushing drink that's been
around a while, but recently co-opted by Dr Oz. Remember him?
This is what his site posted: "You should drink at least three 8 oz glasses per day, they say
the longer it sits, the better it tastes. You can eat them as well
but they are intended as flavoring and still work [what they do is
questionable], so that is a
personal choice. The Vitamin C turns fat into fuel, the tangerine
increases your sensitivity to insulin, and the cucumber makes you
feel full. Try it for 10 days and see what you think!"
It's a simple formula, water with sliced things
in it. However, I haven't a clue how vitamin C even gets mentioned
here since the amount would hardly register. You're not eating the
fruit (though you can); you're simply slicing it up and putting it
in water. Cucumbers are a great diet food; big bang for the buck,
because they do fill you up with few calories. But again, why do
they think drinking water with slices will make you full? Well, I
happen to know how this all "might" work and I will let you in.
There was a study done in which people sniffed
essential oils of fruits and things (coconut, for example) before
eating. There was another group who sniffed nothing. After a while
it was discovered that the group that sniffed the fruity oils ate
less than the other group and felt full faster. Apparently, giving
the brain a good whiff of food up front (before the meal) makes it
think it's already eating. Thus we can extrapolate that drinking
"hints" of fruits acts upon our minds almost homeopathically in that
the small amounts of food are telling our brains we're eating.
Of course, this is my theory, and I'll have to
wait for someone to prove it. I do know, however, that people do
benefit from this drink, so here it is:
Ingredients per 8 oz serving
½ grapefruit, sliced
1 tangerine, sliced
½ cucumber, sliced
2 peppermint leaves
Ice ─ as much as you like
Wash grapefruit, tangerine cucumber and peppermint leaves. Slice
cucumber, grapefruit and tangerine. Combine all
ingredients (with skins) into a large
pitcher. Let sit for a while, drink 8oz, three times a day over ice.
Editor's Note: I have made this
drink. It is one of the most horrid tasting liquids I've ever put in
my mouth. So, I quit making the drink, and instead, I slice up the
things above (minus the peppermint) and put it all in my lemonade
(made with stevia). This is a much better way to take in their
nutrients, especially if you don't want to gag.