To that end, van Straten offers radical strategies like how to detox in one week or lose seven pounds in seven days (to be followed only three times a year, he advises). Here, his plan to "beat the bloat" in 24 hours. And yes, we admit that eating dates and sipping parsley tea may not sound like the most pleasant way to while away a summer afternoon, but a little lemon water couldn't hurt.
The night before: Drink two glasses of hot water with lemon to stimulate the kidneys and eliminate fluid.
Just before bed: Put a tablespoon of chopped parsley and a teaspoon of crushed dill seeds into glass. Add boiling water, stir, cover and let sit for 10 minutes. Pour through a strainer and then sip slowly. Parsley is a natural diuretic and the dill eliminates gas.
First thing in the morning: Drink a large glass of hot water with lemon.
Breakfast: A small bowl of oatmeal made with half a cup of oats, half a cup of skim milk and one cup of water — no salt. One small pot of Yakult, a probiotic drink from Ireland, and a sachet of Beneflora, a food supplement. Both contain beneficial bacteria that aid with digestion.
Lunch: One apple, a generous bunch of grapes, one ripe banana ("they're more digestible if they've started to go a little speckly," van Straten says) and more hot water with lemon.