There are a ton of weight loss gimmicks out there, and many of us are willing to try them all. Whether it's taking supplements like ashitaba or arranging our plate as a visual diet trick, there are plenty of seemingly harmless tricks out there to consider. But the latest diet fad is a little, well, dubious: the moon diet. Apparently, the moon can help you lose six pounds in 24 hours, according to devotees.
Also appropriately known as the werewolf diet or lunar diet, the moon diet is based on the concept that the moon has an effect on our bodies that's similar to its gravitational pull on Earth's oceans and rivers. The reason it's even a topic is because word on the street says several major celebrities follow the theory (but we can't name names, as there's no proof).
The concept is fairly simple. According to moonconnection.com, you have two plan options: the basic moon diet or the extended moon diet. On the basic, you're required to fast with only water and juice on either the full moon or new moon. The expected results include a cleansed body that is as much as six pounds lighter thanks to a drop in water weight.
The extended moon diet is similar, except you fast during each of the major phases of the moon.
Now whether the plan really works (and is healthy) is the question. Nutritionist and author of The Small Change Diet Keri Gans says, "Absolutely not. If you look at the science, there's no conclusive evidence to support this diet."
Though she does admit it's possible to lose six pounds in a day, it's just not likely. "If so, it's water weight that you have lost, which you can gain back just as quickly," she says.
To see weight loss results that last, she instead recommends making small changes you can sustain for life. Aim to lose about one to two pounds a week, and eat a diet rich in fruits and veggies, whole grains, low-fat diary, lean protein, and healthy fats. She also says to learn about correct portion sizes, drink plenty of water, and, most of all, be patient.
"I have seen people who constantly try quick fixes and end up gaining weight in the long run," she says. "Extreme restrictive diets always seem to backfirepeople feel deprived and then overeat. It's a vicious cycle."
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