Dr. Oz has always been known for tackling extreme weight loss diet plans to find the ones that not only work best for his viewers, but are also safe. On April 25th, Dr. Oz welcomed Dr. Alwin Lewis to his show to discuss his controversial “5 Bite Diet” that claims participants can lose up to 15 pounds in one week.
According to Dr. Lewis, author of the book Why Weight Around?, the “5 Bite Diet” involves only eating five bites of food at lunch and dinner. It’s based off a weight loss program used by gastric-bypass patients, who are physically incapable of eating more than a few bites of food following their surgery.
Lewis explained to Dr. Oz that studies show the skinnier a person is, the longer and healthier they live. His “5 Bite Diet” can help participants lose 15 pounds in one week on their way to reaching their ideal weight. Dr. Oz weighed in on this controversial weight loss plan however as he was concerned that Dr. Lewis’s calculation of a person’s ideal weight may be considered unhealthy and unrealistic.
Skeptical, Dr. Oz then asked Lewis to provide a typical day of eating on the “5 Bite Diet.” It included black coffee and a multivitamin for breakfast. Lunch consists of five bites of anything and a good example would be a hamburger because of its nutritional value and taste. Finally for dinner, Lewis suggested breaking up the meals, giving three bites of macaroni and cheese and two bites of apple pie as an example.
After hearing the menu options, Dr. Oz became concerned because the “5 Bite Diet” lacks the nutritional value a healthy person needs regardless of the weight loss success. And while he spoke to some of Lewis’s patients who claim to have lost over 100 pounds on the “5 Bite Diet,” ultimately, Dr. Oz did not quite endorse the plan. He told his viewers that while the “5 Bite Diet” makes you conscious about what you are eating, his concern was the effect the diet had on a participant’s body balance.
He ended his show with the recommendation that for weight loss, a diet should focus on getting you healthy and skinny at the same time, not just one or the other. Dr. Oz also felt there was a better way to reach weight loss goals without counting bites every time you sit for a meal.
What do you think about Dr. Oz and the extreme weight loss diet known as the “5 Bite Diet”. Is it healthy? Is it safe?