Overnight Diet trend claims weight loss while you snooze

Overnight Diet trend claims weight loss while you snooze

Dieters are flocking to the latest trend on the scene: the Overnight Diet, a rapid weight-loss plan that claims you can actually slim down while you sleep.

American obesity doctor Caroline Apovian, of the Boston Medical Center, just penned a new book, "The Overnight Diet," advising that dieters eat a high-protein diet for six days, followed by one day of a liquid diet. That followed by lots of sleep (with no exercise necessary) equals a slimmer you, up to one kilo per night and four kilos in one week -- at least that's the promise.

The book is published April 9 and available internationally.
While mounting research suggests that more sleep can help you lose weight, skeptics say the diet is all a little too good to be true.

"In order to lose two pounds of body fat overnight you'd have to burn up about six or seven thousand calories and there's just no way to do that by sleeping," Keith Ayoob, director of the nutrition clinic at the college's Rose F. Kennedy Center, told ABC News.

"It goes without saying that anything being touted as an 'overnight diet' is complete and total bunk," writes fitness blog Blisstree. "But I'm gonna say it anyway because people still fall for the allure of quick, fast, and easy crash diets."

Apovian doesn't entirely disagree that the weight loss is water, at least initially, and the diet does make room for a variety of healthy foods, including some good carbs and plenty of fruit.

The liquid diet day consists of all-you-can-drink smoothies that Apovian claims are specifically engineered to produce a reduction in the body's production of insulin.

If you're bloated or store fat around your midsection, insulin is to blame, she says, and following the diet can help release that stored water and salt weight -- leaving you slimmer and feeling healthier.
To learn more about the diet: http://www.overnightdiet.org -- 

Plot your own route to weight loss

Plot your own route to weight loss, doctor says, Once 326 pounds, she offers sound advice in new book

Obesity specialist Doctor Ali Zentner, who lost over 170 pounds and recently released her book "The Weight Loss Prescription," poses for a photo at Extreme Fitness in Toronto.

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If you want to drive Ali Zentner crazy, say "they say" to her when discussing diet and weight loss.
"They say drink eight glasses of water, they say stay away from carbs, they say watch the gluten. First of all, who are 'they' and where is the science to prove it all?" the gregarious obesity expert told me in a recent conversation.

"It's this one-size-fits-all phenomenon that really bothers me."
Zentner, from Vancouver, knows a thing or two about weight loss.
She practises internal medicine and is a specialist in cardiac risk management, and she is an obesity expert who has helped thousands of obese and overweight patients achieve a healthier lifestyle.
Something that perhaps gives her more street credibility, though, is that she once weighed 326 pounds.

She has lived it.
And she made the changes necessary to live a healthier life.
Zentner has written a book, The Weight-Loss Prescription: A Doctor's Plan for Permanent Weight Reduction and Better Health for Life, published by Penguin Books. Part personal story, part science, part stories from some of her patients, it really is a must-read for anyone who struggles with weight.

There are a lot of books about weight loss and lifestyle change, and maybe you have found one that works. Somehow Zentner's approach, which touches on the physical and emotional aspects of being overweight, and the practical advice she provides, makes her book the best I have ever read on the subject.
Zentner told me she wrote it more from a doctor's perspective than her personal journey. "I'll argue that its science, instruction and five per cent my own story."

Obesity is an illness, she said. "Cancer gets respect, but obesity doesn't."
There is so much finger pointing when it comes to weight loss, she said.
"There is a serious lack of appreciation in mainstream society on how hard it is to lose weight," she added. "People are told it's about lifestyle change, to find a new way of doing things, but how do you go about that, really?"
Zentner was one of those people who struggled. She remembers seeing her first nutritionist (one of many) at the age of 9.

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 Her whole life has been about dieting. It had been about deprivation and following one diet or another, she writes in the book.
"Diets don't work. By their nature, they are only for a fixed period of time. Diets offer a beginning, middle and an end."

Until the day she stopped all of it.
As she writes in the book, she didn't wake up and say today is the day, as she had done many times before. But she said she realized she had a feeling that she could do something about it. "I began to spend my time learning all I could about the physiology of obesity and nutrition. In medicine, we learn from each patient because each patient teaches us something new about a disease. I was my first obesity patient."
Zentner writes that "obesity implies a host of judgments against one's character and personality."

It's far more than that.
There's internal wiring and genetics at work, she said. "The brain of an obese person really is different."
In her book, she outlines different personality types which are, in essence, how we eat.
Are we emotional eaters? Do we drink our calories? Fast food junkie? All or nothing dieter (me!)? Portion distortion (me as well!)?

Sometimes, we fall in to a few categories.
But what makes her book different is that she gives us outlines about how to map out our own route to change.

"We all have to navigate our own path, my book just helps with directions!" she told me with a laugh.
And we can learn by our mistakes.
"We need to hear the positive voice, any healthy change we make is a good one," she explained.
"And changing habits, some of which we have done over a lifetime, is going to take a concerted effort - and time."

Tenacity is important. Giving up in not an option.
As she writes in the book, "I want you to celebrate your discovery of the imperfection in your behaviour. Once you know where the errors are, you can use them to create a blueprint for the changes you want to make."

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 Zentner certainly has made the changes.
She has gone from being an obese woman sitting on the sofa eating a pot of macaroni and cheese to one who cycles to work every day and runs marathons.
She's proof we can rewire our brains.

We just have to set about creating a new, healthier set of positive rules regarding our relationship with food.
And truly, this book helps us do just that.


New #Weight Loss Plan Touts Sleep, Fasting

'The Overnight Diet': New #Weight Loss Plan Touts Sleep, Fasting

Weight loss while you sleep sounds too good to be true. But a buzzed-about new diet, "The Overnight Diet," claims to help you lose two pounds as you sleep during the first day of the diet. To be sure, getting a full night's rest is good advice for everyone, but how could it result in immediate weight loss?

Research shows that losing sleep can lead to weight gain, but there isn't really a relationship between sufficient sleep (defined as 7.5 to 9.5 hours) and weight loss. The Overnight Diet, however, is not the first to make this logical leap.

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As sleep expert and HuffPost Healthy Living blogger Michael Breus, Ph.D. told WebMD in response to another sleep-touting diet: “It’s not so much that if you sleep, you will lose weight, but if you are sleep-deprived, meaning that you are not getting enough minutes of sleep or good quality sleep, your metabolism will not function properly.”

It's true that a deficit of sleep can lead to increased feelings of hunger and overeating as a result, so in that sense, maintaining a healthy sleep schedule does help support a healthy diet.
Indeed, the diet's creator, Caroline Apovian, M.D., the director of nutrition and weight management at Boston Medical Center points to this very advantage:

“That first night, you go to sleep, you sleep your eight hours, you are down two pounds,” she explained to ABC News. “If you continue to get enough sleep every night, you won’t get those hunger pangs. The hunger pangs come from lack of sleep, which induces the hunger hormone to get secreted from your gut.”
Those two pounds she promises, however, will be lost water weight rather than fat. That's not necessarily a bad thing -- as we've previously reported, water weight loss is an important step toward total weight loss -- but it does make the "overnight" promise less meaningful.

The diet boasts a once-weekly fast, during which adherents eat homemade, protein-rich smoothies, followed by six days of a low-calorie, protein rich diet. Calorie restriction and intermittent fasting are both proven fat loss techniques and so it's possible that these two aspects of the diet are responsible for some of the results described in the book.

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"I keep waiting for us to get tired of going after the new fad diet. But our appetite for these things is insatiable in the culture," David L. Katz M.D., MPH, FACPM, FACP and director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center told HuffPost Healthy Living. "The reason this can work in the short term is that it imposes rules. If you go from undisciplined eating, to any diet no matter what the rules are, chances are you'll lose some weight. But it's not a realistic way to live."

Tell us in the comments: Would you try this diet? Do you believe you could lose weight overnight?
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Overnight Diet Promises Weight Loss While You Sleep

‘Overnight Diet’ Promises Weight Loss While You Sleep

 Amy Frankel wanted to lose weight, so she tried the Overnight Diet, a new rapid weight-loss plan that claims you can actually lose weight while you sleep.

Frankel, a 42-year-old mother of one from Wayland, Mass., said she literally lost weight overnight, and during the course of the diet went from 174 pounds to 125 pounds.

“You are … burning calories and losing weight and you are not starving yourself and you’re not ever feeling deprived.  It wasn’t difficult,” said Frankel, who said she went from wearing size 10 and 12 to a size 4 in about a year of doing the diet, which she’s now adopted as a way of life.

Dr. Caroline Apovian, an obesity doctor and the author of the new book, “The Overnight Diet,” explained the regimen. Users do six days of a high protein diet and one day of a liquid diet. That, combined with sleep, equals weight loss, she claims.

“You can lose up to two pounds overnight. And then for the six days, you can lose up to nine pounds in one week after the first week,” said Apovian, an associate professor of medicine and pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and the director of nutrition and weight management at Boston Medical Center.

“That first night, you go to sleep, you sleep your eight hours, you are down two pounds,” she said. “If you continue to get enough sleep every night, you won’t get those hunger pangs. The hunger pangs come from lack of sleep, which induces the hunger hormone to get secreted from your gut.”
Apovian, who is also the director of clinical research at the Obesity Research Center of Boston Medical Center, said exercise is not required for users of this plan.

While typically, 25 percent of people who go on any diet actually lose weight and keep it off, Apovian said that in her clinic, that number rises to 50 percent.
Keith Ayoob of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York said it was possible to lose two pounds overnight, but added: “It won’t be fat. It’ll be mostly water. Because there’s no how, no way you’re going to lose two pounds of body fat overnight.”

“In order to lose two pounds of body fat overnight you’d have to burn up about six or seven thousand calories and there’s just no way to do that by sleeping,” said Ayoob, director of the nutrition clinic at the college’s Rose F. Kennedy Center

“You know, you’ve got to actually expend that or cut back on your intake. And it takes longer than overnight to do that,” he said.

Some are skeptical of the diet’s claims of so much weight loss so quickly.
Apovian acknowledges that the first two pounds lost on her diet are mostly water weight and salt weight, but says it provides the incentive for a high protein diet and more weight loss.


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Distracted eating may add to weight gain

Dinner-setting-with-remote-controlIf you are worried about your weight, paying more attention to what you eat, not less, could help keep you from overeating. Multitasking—like eating while watching television or working—and distracted or hurried eating can prompt you to eat more. Slowing down and savoring your food can help you control your intake.
That’s the bottom line from a report published in the April issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. A team from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom scoured the medical literature for studies that have looked at how attention and memory affect food intake. All of these studies had at least two groups, such as one group that ate a particular meal while watching television and another that ate the same meal without television.
These studies point to two key conclusions:
  • Being distracted or not paying attention to a meal tended to make people eat more at that meal
  • Paying attention to a meal was linked to eating less later on.
These results make good sense. Hunger isn’t the only thing that influences how much we eat during the day. Attention and memory also play roles. For example, after you start eating, it takes 20 minutes or so before the brain begins to start sending out “I’m full” or “I’m not hungry anymore” signals that turn off appetite. If you are hurrying or not paying attention, it’s easy to take in many more calories than you need in 20 minutes.
If you aren’t mindful of what’s going into your mouth, you don’t process that information. That means it doesn’t get stored in your memory bank. And without a memory of having eaten, you are more likely to eat again sooner than you might have if you ate mindfully.

Mindful eating

Mindful eating is an application of a broader approach to living called mindfulness. It involves being fully aware of what is happening within and around you at the moment. You can practice mindfulness during any daily activity—including eating.
Applied to eating, mindfulness includes noticing the colors, smells, flavors, and textures of your food. It also means getting rid of distractions like television or reading or working on your computer.
If mindful eating is a new concept for you, start gradually. Eat one meal a day or week in a slower, more attentive manner. Here are some tips that may help you get started:
  • Set your kitchen timer to 20 minutes, and take that time to eat a normal-sized meal.
  • Try eating with your non-dominant hand; if you’re a righty, hold your fork in your left hand when lifting food to your mouth.
  • Use chopsticks if you don’t normally use them.
  • Eat silently for five minutes, thinking about what it took to produce that meal, from the sun’s rays to the farmer to the grocer to the cook.
  • Take small bites and chew well.
  • Before opening the fridge or cabinet, take a breath and ask yourself, “Am I really hungry?” Do something else, like reading or going on a short walk.
Mindful eating can reduce your daily calorie intake. By paying attention to what you are putting into your mouth, you are more likely to make healthier food choices. And you will enjoy meals and snacks more fully. That’s a pretty good three-fer! 


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