There’s yet another fad diet on the weight loss horizon: the “snake” diet. The idea is to consume food the way the slithery reptiles do: eat one big meal and “live off it” for awhile. Will this diet help you lose weight? Is it safe? Discover what experts say as part of your newfound Phentermine 37.5mg-fueled commitment to weight loss:
This diet starts by fasting. You fast for 48 hours, drinking a concoction of apple cider vinegar and “snake juice,” or an “essential mineral replacement” from the snake diet site. The concoction is designed to cleanse liver toxins from the body. The second phase of this fad diet involves fasting on and off, while phase three is all about learning about your body’s hunger cues.
The Safety Issue
“I would not recommend it to anyone for even a short-term trial, as it is not based on any clear evidence nor does it have any clinical evidence that is peer-reviewed to support the program,” says Julie Upton, R.D. Upton adds it is “nearly impossible” for anyone to follow this diet for a significant time length of time.
Fellow expert Beth Warren, R.D.N. agrees with Upton:
“Although technically an otherwise healthy person can go two days without food, there’s no evidence that this diet will do anything other than make you hungry,” she says.
Registered dietitian Sonya Angelone and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics adds: “You can’t live healthily on a fast long term.”
A Drastic Measure
“You are fasting for virtually all of your meals and snacks,” says Upton. “You only eat one meal a day and then fast for 24 to 36 hours. Anyone who does that will lose weight.”
However, you will probably be quite miserable on this diet, not to mention the results will not last. Starving yourself is never a healthy way to shed pounds.
“As soon as you begin eating again, you will gain your weight back and maybe more than what you’ve started with,” Warren says.