Category: Health & Fitness
Published on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 00:00
You have heard about all kinds of weird fad diets from health nuts including the Caveman Diet (chiefly fats and protein, with small amounts of carbohydrates), the Raw Food Diet (eating uncooked food), the Gluten-Free Diet (avoiding the consumption of wheat, barley, rye and triticale) that has never actually been scientifically proven to actually be effective, they have only been SUGGESTED to improve a person's health. Personally, I follow the eat-everything-I-want-especially-if-it's-delicious diet, that's the best diet to have. A new fad diet (that is as equally questionable as the rest) has recently emerged and have been rapidly increasing in popularity; the Werewolf Diet.
Even Madonna and Demi Moore are rumored to be in on this new health fad. No, the Werewolf Diet does not consist in you actually howling up at the full moon and hunting down live animals to feed. But yes, it is indeed as hippie as it sounds. It basically follows some mumbo jumbo saying that the moon’s gravitational pull assists in the weight loss process. Apparently, the moon influences the water in our bodies in the same way it influences the tides of the ocean. What.
There are two ways to go about adopting this new Werewolf Diet. The basic version involves a day of fasting during a full or new moon, in which case you drink only water and/or juice. This allegedly flushes out the toxins in your body and can help you lose up to 3kg in a day! The other more complicated version starts with that day-long fast and continues with specific eating patterns for each moon phase.
Keri Glassman, M.S., R.D., a member of Women's Health advisory board and a judge on Cook Your Ass Off was consulted for her take on this new trend.
Glassman says that while the moon's phases do affect our bodies, it is only to a certain extent. “I think it's something to be aware of: that everything in life is connected and that even the phases of the moon might affect our sleep and our hunger and our PMS cravings and emotional cravings," she says.
That said, the effect isn't so great that you should actually rethink the way you eat during different times of the month. What's more, fasting isn't the smartest idea—it can set you up for binges—and the Werewolf Diet's claims that you can lose up to six pounds in a day simply aren't realistic, says Glassman.
You will be better off just skipping all these diet nonsense and eating whatever you want. What the hell is life if you can't enjoy wolfing down a nice, thick slab of beautifully marbled Kobe beef?