JasThe Werewolf Diet claims that by fasting at certain times of the lunar calendar, the water in your body can be affected in the same way as the tides and this could promote up to a staggering 6lbs of weight loss just in one day.
Sounds pretty far-fetched, but according to Grazia both Demi Moore and Madonna have used the extreme diet, (opens in new tab) and there's no denying they're two ladies with extremely svelte figures.
What is the Werewolf Diet?
The Werewolf Diet, or Lunar Diet, is based on the idea that the moon can affect the water in our bodies in the same way that it affects the tides, and that by only drinking juice at certain times of the lunar cycle you could lose weight without exercise (opens in new tab).
When the sun, moon and earth are in alignment during a new or full moon there is a change in atmospheric pressure and movement in the water. Sounds very scientific, but what does it have to do with a diet!?
Well according to Christian Dyuraffur, president of the International Federation of Phyto and Aromatherapy, this shift in atmospheric pressure also has an effect on speeding up the metabolism, which means faster removal of toxins from the body.
By undergoing a liquid fast during this time the moon flushes toxins out of the body to eradicate your water weight and stimulate a process called ‘lipolysis', which means the decomposition of fat stored in cells. Blimey!
What are the pros?
If you're keen to try a juice cleanse or fasting diet and cleanse your body, the Werewolf Diet plan of juice fasting for 24 hours every time there's a full or new moon might be a great way to introduce a regular liver detox (opens in new tab) into your diet. Juice is believed to ward off cancer, make you feel stronger than ever by giving your immune system a boost and even decrease your chances of a heart attack, so any excuse to get some juice into your diet might be beneficial!
What are the cons?
The diet states that the weight you'll be losing will be water weight, so it's likely that it will go straight back on as soon as you start to eat normally again. If it works, it might be good for a quick fix such as just before slipping into the bikini on your summer holiday. But be warned: some health experts have even gone as far as to say that you are unlikely to lose more than 1lb on a juice cleanse.
Oh, and there's also absolutely no scientific evidence to suggest that the moon has any effect on the water in our bodies!
How does it work?
If you want to follow the Werewolf Diet then there are two plans, the basic moon diet plan and the extended version. The basic version is a 24-hour day of fasting in which you only drink water and juice during the full moon or new moon. One website, Moon Connection, explains, 'it is critical that you start the diet on the very minute the moon phase begins.
'If the new phase begins during the middle of the day, you can eat or drink whatever you want up until that minute - then start your 24-hour timer.'
The extended moon diet plan starts the same as the basic plan with a day of fasting, and then provides additional guidelines for weight loss and healthy eating during each of the major phases of the moon.
It's only recommended that you follow the diet for one to three days at any one time
What can I eat and drink?
The website Moon Connection states that you should consume no solid foods whatsoever during the 24 hours of the new or full moon. It also suggests that you drink plenty of water ‘to maximise the moon's effectiveness' as well as freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, tea with honey but no other sugar.
What can't I eat or drink?
Basically, when it's the full or new moon you can't eat anything solid. You're also not able to drink any liquids containing sugar, fat, or salt, which means no alcohol, milk, or anything that contains sugar or additives.
Whether you're thinking of giving the Werewolf Diet a go or not, anyone can have a go at whizzing up this energy-packed detox juice recipes.
The Turbo Express: 2 apples A handful of spinach leaves 1 slice of cucumber 1 slice of lime Half a celery stick ¼ pineapple ¼ avocado Ice cubes The Detox: 2 apples ¼ cucumber 1 stick of celery 1 handful of spinach A handful of mixed green leaves like parsley and watercress Ice cubes
For more juicing recipes, take a look at the suggestions included within the Jason Vale juice diet (opens in new tab).
Remember that any kind of fasting is not recommended for anyone pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding.
If fasting isn't for you, try incorporating healthy fruit and vegetable juices as part of a healthy diet.
It's recommended that if you're thinking about a fasting diet, you should seek advice from your doctor first.
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