As November's Full Beaver Moon rises, people around the globe turn to the latest weight loss fad know as the Werewolf Diet, in hopes of winning in the fight with losing weight. The Werewolf Diet plan (also called the Moon or Luna Diet), promises to cleanse and transform the body with a little help from the power of the moon.
It is well known that the moon affects ocean tides and the flow of rivers with its gravitational pull. Also known is the full moon's effects on plant growth, mating, feeding and migration of animals, as well as mood and activity of humans. Given that the human body is comprised of approximately 50-75% water, it can be theorized that the monthly tidal rhythm is a natural catalyst of human metabolic processes.
The strongest tides are around the days of Full Moon and New Moon, when gravitational forces of Sun and Moon align to create so called spring tides. The moon has a tide-like effect at the cellular level, which amplifies the body's ability to flush excess water, fat and toxins during the new and full moon phases of the lunar cycle.
Dieters can follow either of the two plans: basic or extended version. According to MoonConnection.com,
For the basic moon diet plan, you undergo a 24-hour "fasting" day where you consume water and juice only during a specific moon phase. During the fasting day your body is cleansed of toxins, and you can lose up to 6 lbs of water weight in one day.
The extended moon diet plan covers all phases of the moon. As the light and power of the moon waxes and wanes, it exerts different forces and effects on the human body. In addition to the fasting days during the full and new moon (basic moon diet), there are other guidelines you can follow during these other phases to take full advantage of the moon's influence.
The extended moon diet continues with increased fluid intake along with eating lightly or eating a balanced diet while being careful to avoid certain foods, such as sweets and fats.
Some dietitians and physicians warn that restrictive dieting, like the Werewolf Diet, can be extremely dangerous. Lack of key nutrients and additional stress may have detrimental and long suffering effects on the human body.
Still, other researchers tout the benefits of regular fasting and calorie restriction. In one Harvard study, researchers found "calorie restriction (CR) robustly extends the lifespan of numerous species." Further, it can activate genes that slow aging, prevent fat storage, increase gut bacteria, and supercharge metabolism.
That said, it's important to consult your health-care provider before making the decision to drastically change your diet.
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I am not a doctor and the articles I write are intended to increase your knowledge about the subject. It’s always a good idea to check with your personal doctor before changing your diet, taking supplements, or starting an exercise program.
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