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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (May 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061176176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061176173
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Detox diets are making news as the quickest, easiest way to shed pounds, boost your energy, and get yourself on a wellness track. Popular in the 1970s, cleansing fasts are again all the rage among celebrities like Gisele Bundchen, Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella McCartney, and Madonna.

One of the key advocates of the health benefits of cleansing detoxes is Roni DeLuz, ND, a licensed naturopathic and health practitioner at Martha's Vineyard Holistic Retreat, part of the renowned Martha's Vineyard Inn. The idea behind DeLuz's new detox plan is the belief that the foods we eat (along with the coffee, tea, and alcohol we drink and the air we breathe) contain harmful and toxic substances that accumulate in our bodies and need to be removed in some way. In 21 Pounds in 21 Days, DeLuz offers three different detox programs, including the original and most effective 21-day "MasterFast," which promises a 21-pound weight loss in just three weeks and focuses on detoxification through antioxidants, fasting, stress reduction, and lifestyle changes. Also included in the book are:

  • Maintenance plans
  • Dozens of easy, delicious recipes
  • Real-life tips
  • An extensive glossary of terms
  • A guide to supplements

Meals consist of supplement-laden drinks, herbal teas, thick, delicious vegetable purees, and "live" juices, along with nutritional supplements, vitamins, and enzymes designed to keep the body's systems stable and its cells nourished while harmful toxins are flushed out. 21 Pounds in 21 Days isn't just for those looking to lose weight; everyone can benefit from this revolutionary detox diet that results in a clean, refreshed system that functions at its best.

About the Author

Roni DeLuz, RN, ND, founder and director of Martha's Vineyard Holistic Retreat at the Martha's Vineyard Inn, is a registered nurse and licensed naturopathic doctor. She lives on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.



James Hester is a former record company executive who struggled for years with his weight until he lost 30 pounds on DeLuz's program and went into business with her to promote it. He also lives on Martha's Vineyard.


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Customer Reviews

I lost over 21 pounds and felt great.
Heather Smith
I didn't have to read too far into the book to realize I just threw money out the window to buy it.
Laura H.
If you are looking to live a healthier lifestyle I would highly recommend this book!
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287 of 292 people found the following review helpful By K. Cooper on March 15, 2008
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I did this cleanse because a friend of mine recommended it and it is one of the best things I've ever done for my body. I did it for 15 days, and yes, I lost 15lbs, but more importantly than the weight I lost my body felt the best it has possibly ever felt.

I've read some of the other reviews, people said it was disgusting or they were hungry all the time, and I should say that I did not follow the regimen to the letter. I bought Naked Juice instead of Martha's Vineyard's juices, I used supplements that I liked, I did a Yogic intestinal wash (Laghoo shankhaprakshalana) instead of enemas, I added a pinch of salt to soups I made that were too bitter, and I ate soups at restaurants when I went out with friends. I think in order to keep from failing you have to allow yourself some wiggle room. The end result was amazing ... my friends all said my skin was glowing, my mood improved, my energy level increased, I wanted to exercise, and I felt fantastic in my body. And when I did start eating again, everything tasted SOOO GOOD! I enjoyed food on a level I never knew was possible.

If I'd followed the cleanse exactly my results could only have been better, but the way I followed it I didn't get hungry, I didn't feel deprived, it wasn't disgusting, and I still got all the benefits. I highly recommend this program to anyone wanting to improve their health, and the bonus is you'll get an improved relationship with your body and with food.
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297 of 311 people found the following review helpful By Kadie in Seattle on January 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'm on DAY 6 and I've lost 8.5 pounds!

Having said that, let me add that my success so far has been largely due to my own ingenuity and prior knowledge of the many poorly presented concepts this plan adheres to.

Reading this book, I was amazed at the general negative undertone throughout, especially when combined with the insistently surprising references by both authors to their personal religion and faith. While both authors describe in detail their negative health influences over the years (the book reads like one bad health crisis after another), when it came to the positive elements of their recoveries from these health issues, not much was said. I noticed many opportunities where the authors could have pumped up their dialogue with lively positive feedback to empower their reader, yet did not. It would seem to me, if you want to inspire people to drastically change their habits, playing up the positive would be crucial. By the time I got to the "story" about sisters who died after binging on beer and bar food because they did not come off their 21 day cleanse as prescribed, I was done with the bad vibe this book gives off and was left with the distinct feeling if I ever met the authors in person they'd have dark clouds hovering over their heads.

As well as the book being a downer to read, the majority of the program is presented in a very secretive way. Detailed info on supplements, processes and assured recipes are nearly non-existent (the products can be found on an accompanying website, though what you can expect to get in the detox kits sold here is also vague). Who writes a book to help people, then snatches away all the "help" at the last minute? There's that dark cloud again. Clearly the focus for the authors was on making a buck.
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400 of 454 people found the following review helpful By Lamchop on July 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this after falling for the whole nurturing "Dr. Roni" thing on Sirius with Robin Quivers. After spending over $200.00 for my "kit" and reading the entire accompanying manual, it seems you require ingesting some "enzymes" several times a day -- reportedly a very important part of this. Unfortunately, the "kit" does not include them, and you're left on your own to find them, buy them, ask what they are, etc. The shakes are not satisfying and taste horrendous -- apple, berry, tomato -- it doesn't matter -- all bad. Most of all, you are on your OWN. Roni DeLuz &/or her people don't feel the need to respond to emails with legitimate questions/concerns customers may have once you've paid. Unless she lives in your house and you pay her the big bucks to follow you around, my feeling is this "diet" is smoke & mirrors. Too difficult to do on your own; save yourself the $ and either starve yourself for free or do a more realistic diet a working person can implement into their life.
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744 of 861 people found the following review helpful By JSycho on May 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I heard about this book through the magazine Women's World, and the sample detox diet that was sort of promoting it. It seemed like an easy, sensable diet. Lots of fruit and vegetables, lots of water, and a few supplements to make sure you got your daily requirements of vitamins/enzymes and such. I thought, I think I'll buy the book and get the whole story on the full 21 day detox.

I found that in reality, this is a completely unrealistic plan. Sure, what you eat may sound all right (a little extreme, maybe, but better than the grapefruit diet), but it's the other required activities that no normal person would ever do, that really turned me off. Things like weekly enemas and colonics. I live in Pennsylvania. In the country. I'm a private person. I can't do that unless my life depends on it. (And even then, I'd have problems.) There were other things too, that weren't required, but some seemed to call for special equipment, or were completely out of my price range to do.

The book starts off sounding down-to-earth. Saying things like, "Organic food is best, but if you can't afford it, that's okay! It is a lot more expensive than other foods. Buy it when you can." A few pages are dedicated to discussing the pros and cons of other diets, like how unhealthy Atkins is, or how some diets have too many choices and normal people would mess it up, or that some are too expensive, or that some are too much of a bother for people to stick with. Which is fine. A lot of it is true. But they didn't include how ludicrous their own diet (detox) was.

Basically, I got the message that if you can't afford better food, that's okay, but you have to give yourself a coffee enema on a regular basis and go to some sort of "Colon Therapist" for treatments once a week.
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