My guided detox with Dr. D’Brant—Part 1
I have been hearing about Dr. D’Brant’s detoxification program ever since I met him a few years ago. I’ve read some of what his other clients have said about it and said, “That’s good for them,” but I’ve hesitated for myself.
I thought I could lose weight on my own. I didn’t think such a drastic measure was necessary. And I didn’t think my body was that bad—for years I’ve kept within a range of weight that was at least 20 pounds below what I weighed in high school.
But I’ve gained weight recently, nearly 20 pounds over the last two or three years. At my initial assessment with Dr. D’Brant I weighed 158.8 pounds (I’m 5’3”), and my body fat percentage was 37.8. No one would look at me and say I was obese, but those numbers actually translate into obesity. Some charts say over 36% body fat is obese, some (including The American Council on Exercise) say over 32% is obese, but the bottom line is, I have too much body fat! Dr. D’Brant says my goal should be below 24%. I’d be happy to get down to the “average” range of 25-31%.
He measured my visceral fat at 9%, and said it should be around 7%. I’ve had compliments on my flat stomach in the past, so it was distressing to start gaining around my waist after menopause. I don’t like it one bit! (Visceral fat, Dr. D’Brant told me, is the fat that surrounds our organs internally, mostly in the waist area. It’s responsible for a lot of health problems including blood sugar instability and hormone imbalances.)
How did all this happen?
I’ve been eating addictively. I come from a family that eats addictively and it’s become a default to reach for something the minute I start feeling sad, lonely, stressed, or bored, like on a long drive. Whenever I feel negative about myself, often my first response is to eat. And it’s not a carrot or a piece of celery I reach for. The junk food sort of helps, momentarily, but I feel bad later.
When I run or go for a long hike, I get a much better rush than the one I get when I eat some sugar. And the high lasts longer. But I’m not exercising that much now because of aches and pains. I know changing my diet will help me exercise more.
It’s easy to say, “Oh, well, my metabolism’s slower because I’m older; I can’t help but gain weight.” My metabolism may be slower, but honestly, I’m not eating the right things.
Do I have to give up everything I like?
There are things I don’t want to give up, like coffee. And cheese. Although there are many things that you have to eliminate in Dr. D’Brant’s detoxification program, he provides you with a list and suggestions of foods to replace those that you are giving up. There are many delicious foods to choose from while you are on the program.
I’m the kind of person who has struggled with my weight for years, up and down, up and down. It was down, but now it feels like a failure to admit that my clothes don’t fit right, except for items I’ve purchased recently.
It took a long time to gain the weight back. For a while I was just coasting and I maintained the same weight.
The repercussions of addictive eating happen so far in the future that it never seems to be a problem if I eat a bag of chips today. Some foods caused heartburn or made me feel bloated, so I avoided them. But mostly I didn’t have immediate problems … and the weight slowly creeped back up.
I accept my body and its flaws. But I still want to lose weight. I want to feel better doing exercise, I want to fit into my old clothes again, and I want to be healthier.
What’s involved in detox?
(From Dr. D’Brant’s “The Critical Importance of Detoxification”) “Detox is an essential part of rejuvenating and rebuilding the body’s organs and tissues. I teach my patients that a thorough, deep, energizing full-body detoxification helps them regain their energy, feel more mentally clear, strengthen their immune system, and eliminate the toxic sludge that has built up. … The (meal replacement) shakes are made from rice and pea protein, deliver an amazing twenty-one grams of protein, and have a full complement of vitamins and minerals in them. We also provide herbal liver support and additional fiber so that your detoxification experience runs smoothly and you feel nourished from it.”
Right now, on my sixth day, I feel strong and capable and excited about the 30-day detox program. I get to eat dinner and snacks on top of the shakes that replace breakfast and lunch, so there is real food on this program.
Social events worry me, and there are a few coming up. I’ll have to prepare and bring my own food. And I’ll have to ignore the people pushing me to eat.
Society sends a lot of mixed messages, especially to women. They want you to eat, drink and “enjoy life.” They also want you to be thin. When you get thin, sometimes people criticize you for being too thin.
But I have to do this just for myself, with guidance from Dr. D’Brant. And I’m ready.
*Zoey Pengana is the pseudonym of a local writer who has agreed to blog about her experiences in exchange for the 30-day detox program and necessary supplements.