The werewolf diet and why it’s a celebrity favorite
There is yet another fad diet that has caught the eyes of many, including Madonna and Demi Moore, and it’s called the Werewolf diet.
What is the werewolf diet plan?
The Werewolf Diet is based on theory that the moon’s gravitational pull will speed up detox and weight loss. There are two options that are similar among all the websites advocating this diet. There is the Basic diet plan and the Extended diet plan.
Basic Diet Plan:
The Basic diet plan is a 24-hour fast, with only water and freshly juiced vegetable and fruit juices allowed, and must begin the night before the new or full moon. This is done for just one day, each full or new moon.
Extended Diet Plan:
The Extended diet plan has 4 phases guided by the full, waning, waxing, and new moons. It’s also recommended to start before the full moon for this diet plan.
1)Full moon period. 24-hour water and juice fast, starting night before the full or new moon.
2)Waning moon period. No eating after 6pm.
3)New moon period. 24-hour water and juice fast, starting night before the new moon.
4)Waxing moon period. Suggests you to eat less food than you’d typically eat in a day.
How does it work?
The Werewolf diet works just like any other fasting diet. By not consuming macro-nutrients (carbs, protein, fat), your body starts to burn off stored energy, fat, for fuel. This is perfectly normal and healthy, if performed correctly, and has been practiced by generations throughout history. Also, it’s recommended not to fast longer than 6 days in a row.
Christian Dyuraffur, president of the International Federation of Phyto and Aromatherapy claims, the shift in atmospheric pressure has the same effect on the body as the ocean tides. There is also a study published in the journal of Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, that suggests having heart surgery during a full moon could raise the chances of survival.
What are the Pros?
1) If you would like to detox or burn body fat, for a short period of time, this could be a great guideline. Although, it wouldn’t necessarily have to be done according to the moon’s phases.
2) Jump starts mending of the cells and aids in repairing the internal organ system.
What are the Cons?
1) This is not a diet that is designed to keep weight off. Studies show that calorie restriction leads to weight gain almost immediately and in some cases, more weight is gained than was lost.
2) It doesn’t address the type of juice to drink either. If you are juicing lots of fruits and starchy veggies, you’ll be consuming more calories than you think. This could also be dangerous to people with medical conditions, like diabetes, from the rapid changes in blood sugar levels.
3) Promotes the thought that it is OK to fast to loose weight and detox, but doesn’t address eating habits outside of the diet plan or physical activity to aid in both detoxification or burning fat.
4) It’s a fad diet and is temporary. It’s not a shift in behavior and lifestyle choices, which leads to long term success with loosing weight and detoxing the body.
Does the werewolf diet work?
There is no scientific proof to show that the moon’s gravitational pull will speed up the process of fat burning and detoxification. Although, I believe the Werewolf Diet may work, under the right conditions (having the excess energy to burn off and drinking enough water and fruit/vegetable juices for micro-nutrients), to help flush the body of toxins and burn fat. Everyone’s body is different and will react differently to different foods and ways of eating. If you do decide to try this diet, or any other diet, listen to what your body is telling you. You know better than anyone else.
If you’re looking to burn fat and build muscle, why not try a balanced plan, designed by a dietician? Check out this Fat Shred 4-week diet and workout plan!