The Inside Out Diet bypasses these problems because it supports your body’s natural function. It's a gentle detox diet that supports the liver and gets rid of those chemicals, which means you’ll not only lose weight and keep it off, you’ll also feel and look better.
Why begin on the inside with the liver?
The liver is directly associated with metabolism and weight loss. It’s responsible for metabolizing fats, proteins, and carbs; it produces hormones, regulates blood sugar, detoxifies unwanted chemicals and toxins, and regulates cholesterol. Most people don’t realize just how important the liver is and why detoxifying it and supporting it during weight loss is crucial.
How can I tell if my liver is not functioning optimally?
Signs of poor liver function include being tired all the time, skin problems, not sleeping well, weight fluctuation, excess cravings, an ache in the abdomen on the upper right side, PMS, and grogginess in the morning.
In Chinese medicine, poor liver function is associated with negative emotions - being irritable and angry, stressed, or unable to concentrate. Conventional medicine doesn’t always identify the connection between emotions and the physical body.
But even people who aren't experiencing these things but just want to lose weight or improve their health can benefit from the diet.
Why do you recommend cleansing the colon by eating artichokes?
Artichokes have long been known as a liver food. They stimulate the flow of bile, which helps rid the body of fat and toxins in the liver. They're also a gentle laxative and can reduce gallstone formation.
But there are also many other colon cleansing food options besides artichokes on The Inside Out Diet. Examples are apples, pears, beans, grapefruit, and newer foods like shirataki noodles.
What are the most important things I can do to detox my body?
First, avoid certain foods temporarily. In the book, I describe how to do it, explain why it will help you detox, and show you how to reintroduce the foods back into your diet to identify any problem foods that might be triggering cravings and other symptoms.