Lifetime Fitness D.Tox Program Experience

Hello everyone. Today is my last day of detox and I feel compelled to jot down what my experience was like in case I ever find myself wanting to this again. So here goes...

A little background first. I am a member at Lifetime Fitness. Love it. Mean it. This is a super-great and fancy gym and the only one I've ever been able to go to consistently for more than a few months. I've been a member for a year an a couple months and I've now lost 25.8 pounds.

It helped that I've enlisted the assistance of a personal trainer twice a week for the last year and a couple of months (so expensive, but we've been blessed financially this year, enough so that I'm able to indulge in a trainer although I know these days are limited).

My trainer is effing awesome. 

Please read about her here. She has helped me get in to the best shape of my life and helped me lose 20 pounds. I was lucky to be randomly placed with her as she has experienced anxiety and panic in her life as well and understands (somehow) what I need. She pushes me, but not too hard, and in just the right way. I've overcome so many fears and we're still working on more!

Additionally, I have been seeing a dietician there although my long-time one just took a new job so I'm getting to know a new one. Both are great and super-knowledgeable. I've learned to listen to my body as well as incorporating their suggestions because I've also learned that not every body responds the same to the same diet. Some are intolerant or sensitive to certain foods and that can slow down or even totally hinder weight loss.

SO. We arrive at D.Tox. This program is 14 days and $220 worth of product. So you see why I put it off. But after mannnnny months of a weight loss plateau despite a huge change in diet, I just stopped burning fat. It was sad and horrible and frustrating. I kept working out to stay in shape, but all that work and no weight loss was a roller coaster ride of sadness and frustration with a side of determination to keep. going.

So. D.Tox. 

Yeah, it's been quite the challenge. I had to cut out all dairy, all gluten, peanuts, peanut butter, eggs, condiments, coffee, soda, butter, sugars (except a few natural ones) and any added caffeine (naturally occurring caffeine in green tea and yerba mate was OK thank goodness) just to name a few. I had to stop all my supplements and prescription medications (except birth control and Lexapro - they let me stay on those) although I could continue to take my omega 3s and multivitamins (which I also buy from Lifetime).

I could pretty much eat vegetables endlessly. I couldn't have corn, canned veggies, or creamed veggies, but other than that I was free to eat vegetables all the livelong day. I can't do the approved/non-approved list justice so here's it is. You do the math. Yeah, I couldn't eat much.

In addition to the foods I could and couldn't eat, I also took supplements and detoxifiers twice a day along with 2 scoops of FastFuel and 1 scoop of Fibermend. The supplements had a liver cleanse and I can't remember what the other 2 did. They smelled like popcorn and were brightly colored.

I'm not going to lie - the FastFuel and Fibermend were not enjoyable. Even when I added almond milk, almond butter, and frozen fruit. It SMELLED like cake batter, tasted NOT like cake batter. It was doable - but let's just say I won't be craving those two anytime soon.

So after the 2 FF and Fibermind shakes a day, 2 packets of "nutrients" a day, I could eat meals as needed. The good thing about D.Tox was that I didn't have to count calories. I didn't have to keep a food record. It was a 2 week vacay from caring about that stuff. Mostly everything on the approved list is a reasonable number of calories on its own so you really won't over do it. You could, but you'd feel like ass and be stuffed.

I had some of the expected tummy gurgling and upset and yes it was EXTREMELY hard to watch others eat what I perceived to be delicious food I was being deprived of (think a family meal at Mellow Mushroom on day TWO of detox. Nice, amirite?). So yes, I got a little angry inside, but whatever, I persisted through it and have arrived on day 14 having not cheated ONE. SINGLE. TIME. Despite dinners out to restaurants not catering to d.tox patients.

I've not kept up my workouts this week because I've had a nagging feeling of indigestion and lots of bloating and bubbly-ness and just didn't feel good. Between last Friday and today I've worked out once. Boo.

D.Tox RESULTS: Lost 5.8 pounds in 14 days and 2% body fat. 

I'm pretty jazzed about that. My weight no longer starts with a 19. It starts with a 18 and my goal is to stay out of those 19s AFTER D.tox.

Tomorrow I can begin to incorporate dairy, coffee, and bananas back into my diet. I'm suspicious of a dairy sensitivity because I've read a lot online that suggests that you can have a hidden sensitivity to dairy and it can keep you from being able to lose weight even with great effort. So we add it back FIRST and see what happens. Still no gluten, still no sugar, still no peanut butterrrrrr. So sad.

Overall, I'm glad I did it and I'm super-glad it's coming to an end. It wasn't fun, but it wasn't as bad as I had anticipated. I think the fact that I was already eating pretty clean helped minimize the digestive upset, fatigue, and crankiness. I found no loss of energy which is helpful for those of us who work full time and mostly sit in a chair staring a computer all day.

It's an expensive endeavor and you have to be dedicated to doing it right in order to get the results - at least that's been my mind set and experience. I'm sure I could've eaten better, but it's amazing how much stuff you can't have when you cut out major categories so I just lost steam and desire to prepare dinner and lunches and all that. I ate at Whole Foods a lot. I ate lots of protein and fruits and veggies and I think that's pretty successful. And as much as I didn't enjoy the FF and Fibermend shakes, they saved the day in terms of managing my hunger and filling in when regular meals just wouldn't do it for me.

Would I recommend this program? Yeah, I think so. Again, it's hard and you have to WANT to do it. My main reason for doing it was to see if it could give my body a weight loss kick start and it did that so I'm happy. Plus, I feel like I've cleaned my body inside and out and that I've got a blank slate on which to build a new way of seeing foods and diet. I'm ready to live life after d.tox and see what happens.


  1. I am on day 11 of Dtox and I am having the same experience. Feel horrible, feel very restricted and haven't had the energy to work out. I have found the food list quite restrictive as I don't eat fish, so only beef and chicken for me. I have only lost 3 pounds. Thought I would lose more. I have had the same plateauing you have had. I do team fitness three times per week and have a personal trainer once per week. Have mostly maintained my weight. Glad I'm not the only one who has had the rough experience. I have felt like I am being negative, but this has been such a departure from the norm for me. My husband is doing it as well and he feels the same way.

  2. I haven't started my Dtox kit as of yet. However, I do plan to next Monday. I purchased the kit, believe it or not, 6 months ago. The last few months of 2013 has been crazy, hectic, and everything in between, and also my excuse for waiting until now to start my Dtox (not a good one I know). I have done several Dtoxes/cleanses in the past and have had positive experiences with them, although it has been a year since I have cleansed. I figured the new year would be a great time to start. Hoping and wanting to keep a positive attitude going forward. It helps to hear people's honest feelings and assessments of this product. My biggest challenge I believe will be the sugar (crave it, especially at night). My husband is going to do it with me as well, so hopefully that makes it a little easier.

  3. I joined the 90 day challenge and am going to be starting my journey on March 1st. I am hoping for a little weight loss, but I am really anxious to see how my body responds AFTER the 2 weeks. I would love to hear if anyone experienced any difference in how they have been feeling and if they feel like their overall wellness have changed.
    I am looking forward to trying!
    Thanks all for your feedback1

  4. Did anyone else experience insomnia during the detox? I did. BTW- adding the chocolate dynamic greens helped with the taste of the shakes.

  5. I experienced lots of insomnia during Dtox and wondering why. Anyone else? BTW- the chocolate dynamic greens make the shakes taste better.

  6. I did the 14 day detox about a year ago. All in all i lost a total of 14.9 lbs and 1.8% body fat. I never got insomnia i actually slept better and woke up better during and after my detox. I did go all out though. For breakfast i had my fast fuel shake with my first puch of six pills. For lunch i had my second fast fuel shake and my other packet of six pills. Both morning and lunch shakes had the Fibermend in it. All i would drink was water and also dynamic greens. Oh also in my fastfuel i used PB2 to give the shakes a little better taste like 1/4 of a tbl spoon thats all. Than for supper i only ate grassfed meat/shrimp and organic vegtables. Besides that i did have so plain/unsalted cashews that i would eat if i got really hungry. The detox worked for me as you can see from my results and after i was done i kept the two meal replacements going. I have since platued at 184lbs. I decided to start my second detox today and on this one im going to workout on(the first one i didnt do any excercise). Hopefully i can get pass that platue and be down to 180 or lower. Detox works you just got to not cheat.

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  8. I do not want to purchase this unless I can see the sample meal plan.. And for some reason the girl in the café was not allowing that, honestly, I cannot justify spending the $ without know how my diet is going to be for 2 weeks! Kelly can you post that by any chance?

    1. It's been a while since I did D.Tox, but if I remember correctly, I would have a shake for breakfast, and one when I got home from work. You add the fiber powder to the shake. You also take the pills twice a day. I usually took them in the morning with the rest of my supplements (fish oil and multivitamins). The shakes don't have to be meal replacements - the idea is to eat lots of veggies and since so much is cut out during D.Tox the shakes give you added nutrition to help keep you from feeling starved. I would say defintely have one for breakfast just to get one over with. Then save the second one for when you're feeling hungry - but eat regular food for lunch - you're going to sick of the shakes, I did not enjoy the flavor at ALL. Hope this helps!

  9. The foods that you can and can't eat are posted above. I'm not sure what you are looking for.

    1. I see that, I am confused as to WHEN I can eat them. haha. Do I have a Shake for breakfast and dinner and then chose a lunch from the list? How often can I eat and when do I take the detox pills? And thank you so much for getting back to me:)

  10. What is the PB2 used to give the shakes a better taste?

  11. I did not use PB2 singe peanuts are a legume and they are off limits during D.Tox, but I see another commenter used a small amount. It's delicious otherwise! :)

  12. I'm 45, male, and I'm still in week 2 of the pre-detox since I scored over 50 on the questionnaire. (I rung the bell at 102). I actually think the shakes taste really good (vanilla) compared to a lot of the protein powders out there. I normally use a lemon-flavoered flax oil in there but without that, they're fine. Also, shellfish is not on the approved list. I noticed a post above where someone mentioned they ate shrimp. They're bottom-feeders so they pick up a lot of the garbage we're trying to avoid. I haven't experienced any insomnia, but I don't sleep well anyway. In fact, I did notice that L-Glutamine makes it almost impossible to stay awake. Previous to starting the D.TOX, my nutitritionist had suggested that as a supplement so I was somewhat on the pre-detox diet already for a bit as it was. I will say that it does limit foods only because I also did the allergy panel and there were a significant number of things that I had to limit to once every 4 days, so that was tough. I was mostly gluten-free anyway, but the allergy panel mentioned that and yeast as the worst things I need to avoid for 6 months at least, so it wasn't too bad once on the actual D.TOX plan. I've lost 4 lbs and start the pills tomorrow. I only get to do half for the next week since I went into the hall of fame on the questionnaire but am looking forward to getting into full gear with this thing. If you're open to alternative foods as I am, the detox is only limited to the amount of prep time and money you have! Shopping around will find you the better prices for everything.
    Overall, I feel lighter or at least less bloated and blah because the diet itself lends itself to non-processed foods and no sugar/dairy/gluten, etc. I'm down 20lbs since January just from my time at LTF and while I really can't afford much more, it has helped me get on the right track, so it was worth it.

  13. Were the shakes really that terribly tasting? Do you have to constantly run to the bathroom? Also, the list of what to expect is pretty scary, do you really experience all of those symptoms?

    1. The shakes were just not something I looked forward to. To each his own, I guess. They just had a weird smell, kind of like play-doh or something. It's been a while so I don't recall as clearly. No, I was not running to the bathroom constantly. However, I was already eating a decent diet so that may have helped. If you are currently eating terribly and the detox diet will be out of the blue, you may have a lot more to "detox" than I did. haha. I did have lots of excess gas, I will admit, but not a ton of bathroom trips. I don't recall the whole list of side effects, but I'd say if it's too much to take, just quit. I think you'll be fine, though. It's a detox after all - all that bad stuff has to come out!