Would you like to lose 15 pounds in just one week and then continue to lose even more weight over the long term? That’s what one doctor promises on The Dr. Oz Show with a new diet plan that he designed based on his observations on how eating like a gastric surgery patient can help you lose weight – but without the surgery.
“The secret to losing 15 pounds in one week is eating anything that you want, but just 5 bites a meal,” says Dr. Oz as he introduces his special guest Dr. Alwin Lewis, the creator of “The 5-Bite Diet” plan. Dr. Lewis tells viewers that his diet plan originates from the 5 bites per meal regimen of gastric bypass patients. When he tried the diet on himself, and then on his obese and overweight patients, he found that both he and they lost significant amounts of weight.
“I’ve treated about 815 patients for weight loss. I have a total of 16,115 pounds lost. You don’t have to spend any extra money on food and you don’t even have to engage in a regular exercise routine. The 5 bite diet will absolutely get you to your goal whatever your goal might be,” promises Dr. Lewis.
THE 5 BITE DIET PLAN
So what does a 5 bite diet entail? As an example, Dr. Oz and Dr. Lewis showed viewers a sampling of what the meal plan for one day looks like for someone on a 5 bite diet:
Breakfast: A cup of black coffee and a multivitamin pill
Dr. Lewis explains that the reason for no food for breakfast is that he believes that since a person has not eaten since dinner the night before, that the body is now in a fasting mode upon waking up in the morning. He believes that by extending the fasting period just a few hours longer actually induces the body to consume even more abdominal fat right off as you start your day. The multivitamin is to ensure that you are not starving nutritionally.
Lunch: 5 bites of anything
One example shown on stage is a small hamburger divided into 5 bite-size pieces. Dr. Lewis tells viewers that to him 5 bites of a hamburger is an excellent choice because it provides protein with some nutrients and because it tastes good and is very satisfying to most taste buds.
“The key to any successful diet is that you are able to follow it, that you are taking in food that you enjoy,” says Dr. Lewis.
Dinner: 5 bites of anything
For dinner, Dr. Lewis provides 3 bites of macaroni and cheese with 2 bites of apple pie as being acceptable choices for his diet plan.
However, Dr. Oz appears not to be buying into the idea that people can follow this diet plan and still be healthy. Dr. Oz explains that to be healthy the body needs to take in specific nutrients such as iron, calcium, magnesium, protein, healthy fats, good carbohydrates, etc. all of which are derived from eating enough of the right kinds of food. Without any of these diet building blocks, he tells viewers that the human body will crumble and start falling down.
“You might be smaller, but it’s not the right way… not the healthy way. It’s not about the calories―it’s about the nutrients,” says Dr. Oz explaining his reasons for why he does not believe this diet is healthy.
Dr. Lewis counters Dr. Oz’s concerns by stating that he believes that people on his diet will not be nutritionally deficient because the body in his opinion stores enough of these nutrients throughout a month of eating foods this way.
“What I am giving patients―or people―is control. We all know how to gain weight. We know how to put on five pounds in a weekend. But what we don’t have is good control over how to lose that weight just as quickly, just as easily. What I am doing is giving patients that ability,” says Dr. Lewis.
While Dr. states that what he finds positive about the 5 bite diet is that it helps make people mindful of every bite they take in, he expresses concern that engaging in this kind of eating behavior will lead to nutritional problems.
“My concern with the 5 bite diet is that it’s a real temptation for unhealthy foods that throws our body out of balance. The real goal, I think, ought to be to be on a diet that will keep people healthy and skinny at the same time—not one or the other. I don’t want you counting anything―it’s the nutrients, not the calories or the bites,” recommends Dr. Oz.
However, if keeping track of calories or what you've eaten or what you plan to eat is something you want to do towards your weight loss, here is what Dr. Domenica M. Rubino-a representative of the Obesity Society-has to say on the latest word on diet tracking devices.