So, my friend, Tom Joe Finnin gave me a book about the 5 Bite Diet. It is called “Why Weight Around?: Changing the Weight Loss Strategy” by Alwin C. Lewis. TJ has been doing this for some time and has REALLY trimmed up. Others have been asking me what I thought of it so I decided to try it out myself. I recruited Brian Kuhn and my brother and sister, Vincent Camp and Katie Smith Camp, to do it with me 🙂
Basic idea – Very low calorie diet; eating as if you’ve had a gastric bypass or lap-band without the surgery. You eat 5 bites of food, twice a day, at least 4 hours apart. Premise – lose the weight fast, to your ideal BMI, then figure out how many bites keeps your weight stable. He asserts that the hunger signal resets very quickly, mine took 3 days as promised in the book. He also emphasizes this is not about calorie counting, but quantity counting.
Day 1 was tough, my body was convinced I had lost my mind. I had 5 bites of a homemade breakfast sandwich at 11 am and 5 bites of homemade quiche at 6. Green tea and water (a lot) to drink all day. I was really hungry most of the day but determined to do it – so I continued.
Day 2 and 3 exactly the same thing to eat and drink. A little less hungry day 2 and a less day 3. Today, day 4, not hungry at all!!!! Is it working? Well, I have lost 5 pounds over the last 4 days. And my blood pressure, which had been creeping up a bit, seems to be creeping down a bit.
My comments so far for those interested: It is an intriguing method and not too hard to do. My main issue with the strategy he lays out is that he does not focus at all on WHAT you eat, only quantity. At least during the weight loss period. Then he does talk (a little) about what you eat, but not much. In fact, he suggests you do a 2.07 ounce Snickers bar at least once because that is his definition of exactly 5 bites. I can’t make myself do that, but I might go buy one just to see the volume of food he considers to be 5 bites.
Is it healthy? Well, my change to the program – because I am a #NaturopathicDoctor I know what you eat is just as important as how much you eat. So we are choosing dense, nutritious foods during all phases. And taking a multi. I will keep you all posted, but these are my first thoughts.
My foods so far:
Quiche: Gluten-free pie crust filled with spinach, kale, egg, artichoke and Manchego sheep cheese. Small piece is 5 bites.
Breakfast sandwich: Glutino gluten-free English muffin with 1 organic, free-range turkey patty, spinach, egg and Earth balance. It is more than 5 bites but I stop when I hit 5 bites.
Let me know what you think!