Last week marked the final installment of my series, “Getting to Know Your Dieting Type.” It’s my hope that you were able to glean some helpful tips and tools to maximize your weight loss and improve your health, regardless of what category you fall under. (If you missed out, you can read up on the series in my blog archive.)

Now that you’re familiar with your dieter type, as well as your body chemistry, dieting hurdles, and nutritional needs, it’s time to get started. And the best place to begin is with a recommendation I make a lot this time of year…

I’ve found a lot of my patients crave a bit of a restart when September rolls around. The kids are back at school, a new season is underway (autumn is perfect for a brisk outdoor walk or jog), and those few extra pounds from an indulgent summer are becoming a nuisance.

For them, I often recommend a post Labor Day detox.

Detoxes are perfect for people who want to jumpstart weight loss, cleanse their liver, reset their metabolism, escape a rut of yo-yo dieting, or just “clean house.” (This is especially helpful to those who work around chemical solvents or get their nails done often.)

I want to make one thing very clear though, since “detox” is a word that often scares a lot of people. A common misconception surrounding detoxing is that you basically have to starve yourself and can only drink lemon water for weeks on end. (I, too, thought this as a teen when I blindly tried my first detox, but that’s a story for another day…) But that’s simply not the case. And if you do see a “detox” that recommends pure liquids for an extended period of time, don’t do it. You also don’t need any fancy equipment to detox, which is another misconception a lot of people have.

So what DOES my detox regimen entail?

Well, to start out, I recommend a seven day detox, or what I call a “reset,” just to flush your system and feel healthy. A week may seem like a long time, but I guarantee you will feel so much better at the end of it. (Note that prior to starting a detox, you should always consult with your doctor. Detoxes are not recommended for pregnant or lactating women, children, or those suffering from a debilitating disease.)

The list of supplies is fairly simple: a quality probiotic (I recommend Dr. Ohhira’s), a supplement called Reg’Activ Detox & Liver Health, plenty of water, herbal teas, broths, eggs, avocados, nuts, and cooked fish. I also recommend stopping all other nutritional supplements for a week to give your body a break (consult with your doctor first, of course).

For full details, you can refer to chapter 3 of The A-List Diet.

In the meantime, later this week I will be hosting an exclusive online event that will delve into the details of the A-List Diet — including safe detoxing — and how you can start achieving all of the benefits it has to offer. I’ve never done anything like this for one of my diets. But I believe so strongly in the science behind the A-List Diet… And the results people have been getting are nothing short of jaw-dropping.

So I want to make sure everyone has access to these breakthroughs. Which is why next Thursday, September 14th at 1 PM, I’ll be sharing them during this exclusive summit. Unfortunately, spaces are limited, so take a minute and secure yours now by clicking here.

A-Lister’s Corner

A quick story about one of my A-listers — a legendary rap icon you’d definitely recognize. To protect his privacy, I’ll call him Mike.

He came to me two weeks before the Grammy’s, where he’d be going on stage shirtless. To get him into shape for the camera and celeb-studded audience, I put him on a detox, sure to get him the quick results he needed.

I was a little taken aback at Mike’s reaction when I told him the first two days of the plan would be liquids-only. He sat in my office and nearly cried — complaining how he wouldn’t be able to go that long without food. As a pretty macho guy, I would’ve thought he’d be up for the challenge… I reminded him of how all eyes would be on him in a mere two weeks. His tone changed pretty quickly after that.

Mike dug deep, and with a little will power and a positive attitude, he managed to follow the detox without a hitch. He even called me on day three to tell me how shocked he was that he was hardly hungry.

On day seven, he was 10 pounds lighter. And a week after that, he had a killer performance at the Grammy’s. I couldn’t help but grin as he appeared on my TV screen, full of the energy and self-confidence he’d aimed for.

One more thing…

You have the power to stop being a victim. Stop letting being overweight happen to you.

A proper detox is a wonderful opportunity to take charge of your health and make those changes you want to see happen.

Being in change of what you eat and put in your body can be very empowering.

Let your health and nutrition be a sign of how strong you are, starting from the inside out.