Last night I was reading Oxygen magazine's April 2014 issue, and I came across this article* titled, "Part-Time Diet, Full-Time Fat Loss." I was left scratching my head as I read the side column written by Jessie R. Shafer, RD, LDN. Shafer wrote the informational article, detailing the ins and outs of the every other day diet (EOD) and intermittent fasting (IF). Intermittent fasting, as explained by Shafer "involves periods (hours of days) during which food is partially or completely reduced coupled with periods of feasting." What Shafer did was begin her venture into EOD with a 500 calorie day. Her explanation of that day is less than appealing. She describes "fighting off" the hunger cues, being "too nervous" to use all her calories quickly, feeling "pretty proud" of having a whole "250 calories yet to spare" for the evening, and being "hangry (a term coined by dieters referring to short temperament brought on by lack of food)." She says, "I felt anxious, even a little panicky as I ran around the kitchen trying to figure out the best way to spend my final calories."
Can I just say... WHAT?!
The following day she returned to normal eating, followed by another day of 500 calories. After six days of the EOD, she reports a 3 pound weight loss, with only a "few short bouts of 'hanger.'" Her conclusion is that she found the fast-feast days to be easier than it sounds. (REALLY, because your report makes it sound like nothing short of torture!)
*Updated-- Link doesn't contain full article, which I read in the print version of the magazine. Please read author's comments below. In the article she isn't advocating IF, she's just documenting her experience.
"The Extreme New Way to Lose 15 Pounds in One Week" (on the Dr. Oz Show)
One of the perks of being a teacher = Spring break =
The opening guest, Dr. Alwin Lewis explained his "5 Bite Diet." Breakfast is coffee and a multivitamin. Why break the fast? he says. Lunch is 5 bites of any food you want-- the food on the sample plate? A burger, well, 5 bites of one. Dinner is 5 bites of any food you want-- demo food? 3 bites of Mac n' cheese and 2 bites of apple pie. I AM NOT KIDDING. This man is a doctor and apparently running a fairly successful practice. (I was going to post a link to his website, but I just can't bear to give him any more free advertising.) Dr. Oz (thank goodness!) voiced his concerns that people would be missing key nutrients that could cause long term damage. Lewis didn't seem very worried; he says over time they get all the nutrients they need. On his website he answers the statement, "But I don't want to be skinny, I want to be healthy" by saying that people who are overweight have more health problems, so by being skinny, you are being healthy.
(Right now I'm practicing some deep breathing to calm myself down. Brace yourself for a rant.)
People! THIS is not right. THIS is not how you should live! 5 bites is a meal?! 500 calories is a day's worth of food?Are you kidding, me?! THAT is healthy?! NO!
I've said it before and I will say it a bazillion times...
PEOPLE, EAT REAL FOOD!
THAT is the secret to a successful diet.
EAT REAL FOOD! EXERCISE REGULARLY! SLEEP WELL!
THAT is the secret to a healthy, happy life.