Everyone would like to lose weight and get more sleep. Surprise! The Overnight Diet might be the answer to both those desires. The author promises that you will lose two pounds while you sleep and nine pounds every week after one week. Could this be the perfect diet?
Dr. Caroline Apovian is the director of nutrition and weight management at the Boston Medical Center. She is also an associate professor of medicine and pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine. She created the Overnight Diet, and published a book by the same name, based on her 25 years’ experience helping thousands of obese patients lose weight.
The Overnight Diet is simple. Every week, you eat a high protein diet for six days. On the seventh day, you drink only smoothies made from specific ingredients. That’s right; no solid food at all for one day each week. Every night you get at least eight hours of sleep.
Dr. Apovian believes that lack of sleep causes our bodies to secrete a “hunger hormone” that makes us overeat and store away excess food as fat. By ensuring sufficient sleep, your body doesn’t secrete this mysterious hormone and makes only enough insulin for the high protein diet.
This is not a difficult diet to follow. Dr. Apovian credits this ease of execution for the great long-term results. She says that about half of her patients who follow the Overnight Diet keep their lost weight off. This is about twice the success rate of typical diets.
As you might expect, there are some critics. Losing two pounds overnight draws a lot of skepticism. Two pounds of fat equals about six thousand calories. That’s a lot of calories to burn counting sheep. More likely? You are losing water weight, not fat.
Can you lose nine pounds a week on a high protein diet? Certainly, at least for a while. The Atkins and Paleo diets are two popular high protein diets that skip the weekly juice cleanse. Neither of those diets give you any motivation to get to bed early, though.
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