The Five Bite Diet trend: friend or foe?
It seems like every week, there’s a new diet trend. Baby food, cabbage soup and grapefruits are just a few subjects of the questionable diets that have had their five seconds of fame. Just as fashion trends come and go, diet fads pop into the limelight and take hold of anyone looking for a quick and easy way to drop a few pounds.
Created by Dr. Alwin Lewis, the Five Bite Diet is trumpeted as a simple way to lose 15 pounds in one week if followed correctly. You probably have a few questions swirling around in your head, such as “Wait, what? I can only eat five bites of food all day?”
1. How much food can you really eat?
The name of the diet says it all. The main idea behind it is that you can only eat five bites of food for lunch and dinner. That’s right — if you buy yourself a sandwich or hamburger for lunch, five bites is all you get.
2. Wait, so what about breakfast?
Apparently Dr. Lewis doesn’t believe in the adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While on this diet, all you’re allowed to have is a multivitamin and a hot cup of joe with no sugar or creamer.
3. And what about drinks?
Drink as much as you’d like, as long as the beverages have zero calories, that is. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate because liquids can give the illusion of being full to distract from the fact that you’ve only had 10 bites of food in one day.
4. What kind of food can you eat?
If you dare to attempt this diet, the key is to add variety to those five precious bites. Don’t just do five bites of mac ‘n’ cheese or chocolate cake. Make wise, balanced choices and go for something along the lines of two bites of chicken, two bites of your carbohydrate of choice and one bite of a fruit or vegetable. You’ll still lose weight even if you go for five bites of the more unhealthy options, but you won’t be ingesting necessary nutrients which will make it that much harder to stick to the diet for more than a few days.
5. Is this actually healthy?
The general consensus is that this is a crash diet by nature and therefore is only suitable for short-term diet habits. Take it from Lindsay Livingston, registered dietitian at The Lean Green Bean and a SheKnows Expert, who explained, “Crash diets like this may result in weight loss, but they aren't healthy or sustainable and the weight would likely be regained quickly.”
Livingston adds, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Although the concept of the diet is simple and easy to follow, it isn't nutritionally balanced or sustainable and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.”
In conclusion, be nice to your body, ladies, and don’t be afraid to treat yourself every once in a while.