Which Program is Best for Me?

“Dr. Hyman, I’m ready to start a path toward my best health, but there are so many options out there,” writes this week’s house call. “I’m choosing among The Blood Sugar Solution, The 10-Day Detox Diet, and the Eat Fat, Get Thin plans, but I’m unsure which is the best one to serve my needs.”

Ultimately, any plan that eliminates toxic foods and uses whole, real foods as medicine is the right step forward. Each of my programs starts with this foundation, which has the power to transform your health.

What’s most important is to affirm your personal goals and health concerns based on your health and lifestyle. The 10-Day Detox Diet is obviously a 10-day program, the Eat Fat, Get Thin plan is a three-week program and The Blood Sugar Solution is an eight-week program. And, each program is designed to be a foundation for lifelong lifestyle change.

So, let’s take a closer look at each of these three programs to determine which one best suits your needs.

The 10-Day Detox Diet

The 10-Day Detox Diet grew out of my research for The Blood Sugar Solution.  While researching that book, I discovered a deeper understanding about food addiction and how it often derails people from changing their behavior and their diet.

On average, every American eats 152 pounds of sugar and 146 pounds of flour each year – all of which converts to sugar, making it impossible to control their behavior around food. Sugar can actually be eight times more addictive than cocaine. In fact, rats will keep eating sugar even while they get electric shocks that are meant to make them stop! 

These and other studies prove that while we blame people for being overweight, it’s not our fault. Our taste buds, hormones and brain chemistry have been hijacked by the food industry.

With that in mind, The 10-Day Detox Diet helps reset your hormones and brain chemistry while turning off inflammation in just 10 days. You significantly jump-start weight loss and dramatically change your health. It was designed as a rapid entry point to The Blood Sugar Solution.  This super charged way to reset your biology in just 10 days addresses carbohydrate intolerance and carb and sugar addiction. 

This program is perfect for anyone who wants to get rid of a sugar and processed carbohydrate addiction. It provides a total reset in just 10 days, yet once people see results they often stick with the program indefinitely. It’s almost like rebooting your body back to its original factory settings. I do it four times a year to reset my whole system.  In fact, thousands of people have done The 10-Day Detox Diet with amazing results., and over 600 people who did the program saw a 62 percent reduction in all symptoms from all diseases. Most people don’t know how close they can be to feeling great! . 

Eat Fat, Get Thin

My most recent program, Eat Fat, Get Thin, emphasizes the importance of fat. For so long, we avoided dietary fat because we all were trained to believe that fat makes us fat and that it causes heart disease.  Recent research has turned those beliefs upside down. Even the US government overturned 35 years of low-fat advice telling us now not to worry about our total fat intake because it is not related to heart disease or weight gain.

Eat Fat, Get Thin uses the power of fat to heal our brain, skin, hormones, gut, metabolism, and overall health.

We use super fats, like MCT oil, to fuel healthy weight loss and overall health. I consider MCT oil, medium-chain triglycerides found in coconut oil or as stand-alone supplement, to be a super fuel that boosts fat burning and increases mental clarity.  For many patients, MCT is that little nudge to drop those last 10 to 15 stubborn pounds.

Eat Fat, Get Thin helps you experience dramatic weight loss and healing in just 21 days: About the time it takes to switch from being a sugar burner to a fat burner. Put another way, in just three weeks you’ll shift from fat storage to fat burning!

During those 21 days, you’ll learn to put healthy fats back into your diet while losing weight and restoring your health, energy and vitality. Trust me, you will definitely not feel deprived, and you will be fulfilled as you’re fueling your body with optimal nutrition.

If you’re a chronic dieter and have avoided fat but can’t lose weight or if you’re looking to reignite your health with foods that taste good and are good for you, I recommend starting with this plan.

The Blood Sugar Solution

The Blood Sugar Solution program addresses blood sugar issues, pre-diabetes, obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes, – in other words – diabesity (which is the continuum of imbalances in blood sugar and insulin that range from a little bit of belly fat to full blown type 2 diabetes).

This plan is a personalized approach that addresses the underlying causes of blood sugar dysfunction. It treats the imbalances that cause the disease rather than merely treating symptoms as they occur.  You can lower your blood sugar with insulin and medication, but that doesn’t make you healthy.  Getting to the root causes or the real drivers of the symptoms – diet, toxins, inflammation, gut issues, allergens –provides the path to abundant health, not just symptom suppression.

This plan treats the true causes of your weight gain and illness rather than suppressing symptoms with medications. You’ll learn how to determine the real causes behind blood sugar imbalances and eliminate their source(s). This plan also identifies which supplements address diabesity and its root causes.

If you’re insulin resistant, have type 2 diabetes or struggle with blood sugar issues, this program can be extremely helpful. If you have type 1 diabetes, this program can likewise stabilize blood sugar. Simply put, The Blood Sugar Solution is for anyone dealing with diabesity or looking to create blood sugar balance.

Ultimately, any of these three programs can work to kick-start your health. Please check with your doctor before undertaking any of them, especially if you’re taking medications.

If you are having trouble getting started or are nervous to go it alone, remember – our team has created challenges for the both The 10-Day Detox and Eat Fat, Get Thin (with The Blood Sugar Solution in development).    In the next couple of months, we will be hosting the following challenges:

  • The 10 Day Detox Challenge starts on Thursday, August 11th
  • The Eat Fat, Get Thin Challenge starts on September 15th

This is your chance to get healthy with other people like you who share similar goals. Plus, you’ll have all the resources and support you need to stay on track throughout and after the program concludes – including access to my team of wellness coaches and live calls with me and other wellness experts.

If you’ve done The Blood Sugar Solution, The 10-Day Detox Diet, or the Eat Fat, Get Thin program, did you get the results you wanted? Share your thoughts and success stories below or on my Facebook page. And be sure to keep sending your questions to

Wishing you health and happiness,

Mark Hyman, MD

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