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5 Bite Diet Plan Promises Same Weight Loss Results As Gastric Bypass

The 5 Bite Diet has been getting attention in the past years. It has been described by many people as an “easy-to-follow” approach to weight loss as it does not require counting calories, restricting food choices or following a regular exercise.  

Dr. Alwin Lewis introduced 5 Bite Diet in 2007 in his book “Why Weight Around?” It promises quick weight loss by limiting food intake to just five bites per meal and reducing calories from daily meals. 

Lewis said the diet offers the same weight loss effects of a gastric bypass, a surgery that cuts the size of your stomach. It promises followers would lose up to 15 pounds every week, according to Healthline

Followers of 5 Bite Diet are also allowed to eat any food they desire as long as they are reducing calorie intake. Everyday is cheat day.

How 5 Bite Diet Works

The people on the 5 Bite Diet are encouraged to skip breakfast or drink only black coffee in the morning. But for lunch and dinner, they can eat “anything” they want as long as their bites will not exceed 10 to 12 per day. 

The 5 Bite Diet also provides a list of essential food that followers should at least bite once or twice per day. The list includes protein-rich foods, such as meat, fish, eggs, dairy, tofu and legumes.

Moderate- to high-intensity exercise is not recommended while following this diet. But followers can do low-intensity workouts.  

Once you reach your goals, you can then replace 5 Bite Diet with a nutrient-rich diet to maintain current weight. 

Previous research showed that low-calorie diets can effectively help cut weight. Limiting daily food consumption to just 10 to 12 bites could naturally lead to lower calories in the body. 

The benefits of 5 Bite Diet have been linked to reduced joint pain and lower risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. 

Negative Effects Of 5 Bite Diet

Despite fast weight loss process and some health benefits, experts said that the very low-calorie approach still is not appropriate to cut weight. Followers may experience digestive issues and increased risk of gallstones and eating disorders. 

The 5 Bite Diet has also been linked to nutrient deficiencies. Health experts said that limiting bites to five per meal would also significantly reduce the nutrients getting into the body. 

Lack of nutrients may cause fatigue, dizziness, constipation and poor bone density. To help prevent nutrient deficiencies, the 5 Bite Diet followers are encouraged to take a multivitamin and omega-3 supplement each day.

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