7.19.2013

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.

29 comments:

  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.

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  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.

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  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

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

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

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  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?

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    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!

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

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    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:)

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    2. Hi, I just started D.Tox today and it seems as though this program has changed a lot since this original post. There are no supplements now and its Two products by Thorne Research in the big box. I wish Lifetime specified as to when to take the shakes instead of 1 a day for the first 7 days and 2 a day your last 7 days. Approved foods are still the same and it does have the flexibility of you choosing when to eat and have your meals. I did the Chocolate flavor and it isn't to bad tasting when adding Almond Milk and betties

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

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  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! :)

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  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.

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  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?

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    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!

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  14. It's funny that you mention Mellow Mushroom because my trainer just told me about DTOX and I was planning on beginning the program on Monday. However, I have already planned to meet a friend for lunch at MM on Wednesday! What did you end up eating, if you can remember that far back? :)

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  15. What is the difference between this dtox and a colon cleanse? I have a few friends that are doing the skinny me tea colon cleanse, but I'm not sure that I would do that for 28 days straight.

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  16. I just completed the detox but did not lose any weight with it. I followed it to the letter and it was a huge disappointment. I did just finish two rounds of IUI treatments and had to take gonal F injections a few weeks before I began the detox. Do you think that may have been the reason that I didn't see anything?

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  17. Can you have cooked veggies?

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  18. I'm looking into doing this for the 90 day challenge. I saw on the leader board that people are losing 30-48 lbs in three weeks!!! I asked how this is even possible, he said they are doing the D.TOX. He lost double-digit #'s in a week doing this. He said you will have flu-like symptoms the first few days if you have a lot of toxicity in your body. Thanks for this information. Exactly the info I needed. :)

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    1. Am thinking about starting the D.TOX in next couple weeks and just read your post from August. How did it go for you?

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  19. I haven't purchased it, I'm doing the Military Diet, cheap and easy. I'm losing 11lbs a week. 10th place on the leader board for my club!!

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  20. I had trouble with not being able to go to the bathroom. I was on day 10 and nothing, my stomach was really hurting. I couldn't go and I decided to take a modified two days off. I didn't have problems cutting out coffee at all. And I had already cut back on coffee and thought it would be a problem. Instead I drank green first three days- that helped. The eating program is not hard to follow. I found that I didn't miss my eggs or cheese. I drank tons of water because I was so thirsty. I didn't feel good or bad- the void of not voiding got me concerned. You can do it. I found I was eating already healthy foods and just cutting out some things like eggs ,cheese, coffee and milk were not so bad. I had almond milk. I cooked up a lot of chicken to have in the refrigerator. I ate broccoli and Brussels sprouts too.
    Wondering why I couldn't go to the bathroom. I am not on any pain medication , or medications or taking any other vitamins.

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    1. I am having the same issue, I'm only on day 3. Did you ever get a resolution?

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  21. I really enjoyed reading a firsthand account of this. I bought the kit many months ago and then ended up going on a non-LTF detox and just did it through food. My fiance and I made it to day 6 (of 14) before calling it quits. It was super hard and we're hungry triathletes. I do still have the kit and I'm waiting for that day when I wake up and think, "It's just two weeks and your weight loss has plateaued - you NEED to do this." But I so appreciated seeing someone's personal experience as opposed to just reading the directions or getting all of the trainer emails with ideas and tips. Thanks for this post!

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  22. I wanted to share my experience after doing the LT detox for the 14 days (and kept going...)
    After seven months of working out with no results, I decided to give this a try. My husband and I both did it. I used the regular vegan protein available through LT for my shakes and my husband used the kit. The first 7-8 days are hard!! Your body is super shocked to be deprived of so many things so quickly. We did cut back on gluten, dairy and other items we knew we would be eliminating but nothing could prepare us for that sugar withdrawal! The first few days were almost unbearable. I am glad I started on a Saturday. I needed several naps and was grumpy beyond belief. We both had slamming headaches about 24 hours into the detox and our digestive systems seemed to come to a complete halt - thanks sugar. I felt like we were clawing our way through the days. Cardio was out of the question. I had no desire to workout at all. By day 4 our digestive systems seemed to start picking back up and energy was returning, somewhat. The mood swings continued and cravings were REAL. I just wanted a sandwich and ice cream so bad! Finally on day 8, I felt much better. I had lost a few pounds so that kept me focused. Energy returned (same for my husband) but cardio was still out. I resumed my weight-lifting activities. Part of the exhaustion comes from all of the food preparation (when you're not preparing food, you're thinking about preparing food because you know you're going to have to do it again soon!). We were constantly grilling meat, preparing veggies and cutting fruit. We have two kids and own our own businesses so eating is always an afterthought for us... until now. I did not realize how dependent we were on processed foods and take-out until we committed to this! A few cheat meals came from Chipotle - they use rice oil which is not on the approved list but I could not find anything bad about it online so I figured it wasn't that awful in a pinch. At the end of the 14 days, I had lost about 7 pounds. I could finally fit into some tops that had not fit since the birth of my 2 year old. My husband does not believe in weighing himself but I can tell you, he looks 10 years younger and I would guess he lost double what I did, easily. My skin is also looking great. I am guessing it was the removal of dairy or the gluten (or both). At the end of the two weeks, I added eggs back in. At 3.5 weeks, I added coffee. My husband has not added either back in. Most of my weight loss occurred in my back and top, generally. I had that terribly bloated, distended, full feeling so many other people have mentioned. I cut out the protein shakes and other sources of Stevia/Monk Fruit/etc. and my belly is feeling much better - slimmer and not distended. I am likely going to switch to a Paleo diet as I have determined that Stevia does not agree with me. Overall, the detox was a great kick-off to a healthier way of life. There are some tweaks that we will make but we plan to stay gluten, soy and dairy-free for the long haul. A few things that kept us sane: organic hummus, avocado and approved guacamole - gives you the satisfaction of something creamy. Coconut Secret coconut aminos - tastes and acts like soy sauce but is not soy. Dressing made from lemon zest, juice and pulp + olive oil and lots of cayenne and black pepper and salt - I put that on everything from salmon to rice and all the vegetables. Beware of nut butters with added sugar - I ended up with Whole Foods organic almond butter - it's super soft, even when refrigerated, and awesome on apple slices or celery sticks. I marinated all of our chicken in a olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and ginger marinade that I made in big batches and it was great grilled. Best of luck to anyone starting the detox! The first few days are the hardest but you will see results!

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