Snake Diet whaaat?
This is an interesting blog post that talks about how to lose weight by drastically switching up your diet to follow a program of eating just one creature: the snake.
No, I’m kidding! LOL
That would be creepy if we had to eat snakes and drink snake juice to be slim, right?
Now that I got your attention, let me share with you what I think about this brand new diet for weight loss.
Do I like it? Will I recommend it or will I even try this one day?
Let’s dive right in!
What Is The Snake Diet?
The snake diet is an intermittent fasting weight loss program that requires strictly limiting food consumption to match your body’s natural circadian rhythms.
The Snake Diet is meant to imitate the eating patterns of wild animals. In fact, wild animals eat every 8-12 hours in order to stay in a state of peak metabolism.
The snake diet was originally created by Cole Robinson, who claims to be a fasting coach and expert without any qualifications in medicine and biology. Interesting!
His diet consists of 3 main phases: a phase of detoxification, a fasting phase and a feasting phase.
The snake diet is based on the idea that eating a lot of food is bad for weight loss. Instead, it claims that if you eat little to no food during an 8-12 hour window, you will begin to shed water weight.
In other words, if you make yourself fast for several hours each day of the week, your body will naturally shed water. (which is true)
As a result, you will be able to lose more weight because this process results in greater fat loss because your body is using this additional energy for metabolism.
The snake diet is not for everyone though.
Since it requires a strict adherence to an eating schedule, it is not a diet that most people can implement.
Furthermore, the rigid fasting schedule is difficult for many people as they are starved and feel uncomfortable during this time.
It is also important to note that this diet should only be used after a medical advice.
The Theory Behind The Snake Diet or The Snake Juice Diet
The Snake Diet is based upon fasting cycles that are believed to influence weight loss in humans.
The theory behind this diet is that our bodies are designed to eat in an 8 to 12 hour period every day, and that eating more than this window of time helps us get fat instead of shedding water.
The general idea is that we eat too many calories daily, which causes our bodies to hold on to water instead of losing it.
However, if we fast for extended periods of time, the body will begin the process of shedding water and we lose weight instead of gaining it.
Robinson suggests that intermittent fasting is a sustainable weight-loss strategy. You can go without food for an entire day, have a single meal on your break day, and continue to lose weight.
It’s a diet that relies on natural, biological processes to burn fat.
How Does The Snake Diet Work?
The snake diet proposes a method of eating that mimics how animals eat. According to the snake diet, wild animals eat only when they are hungry in order to maintain their survival and outlast their prey.
Let’s us see how you are supposed to do the snake diet:
- You fast for 48 hours and drink a beverage called the Snake Juice1.
- After the first two days of your detox, you restart on a low-carb, high-fat diet with only a little meat and fat. You are also allowed to eat small amounts of raw and nonstarchy vegetables.
- And then enter a fasting period again.
1 The snake juice is not a sort of drink made of snake blood but it’s just a mixture of water, sea salt and potassium chloride. It’s consumed in order to refill your electrolytes.
According to the snake diet creator, the idea of adaptive thermogenesis is the foundation of this diet.
This theory claims that when a person starts a fast or skips meals, their body will adapt by burning extra calories and using the energy to increase their metabolic rates.
If the individual then eats again, he or she will burn fewer calories in general because their metabolism does not need extra energy.
The snake diet combines cutting calories with fasting. Cutting your caloric intake drastically while fasting will train your body to stop storing fat and start burning fat.
How To Start The Snake Diet For Weight Loss?
Phase 1 – Detoxification
During the first phase, you will strictly limit your food intake for 48 hours.
This means that you won’t have any food or drinks at all (except water I hope) for a total of 2 days.
This will help purge your system of toxins and lose excess water weight.
Phase 2 – Eating Window
After the your initial fast of 48 hours, you will be allowed a few hours to snack on something or have a low carb high fat diet.
The plan suggest non starchy vegetables, little meat and fat so your body is not completely interrupted in its detoxification progress.
Phase 3 – Fasting Cycle
Now starts longer fasting cycles to help reach your ideal weight.
Dieters are even told to fast for 48-96 hours with only one meal break.
Robinson recommends to fast longer until you lose all your extra pounds.
The snake diet is similar to the ketogenic diet in that it restricts carbohydrate intake in order to trick the body into burning its stored fat for energy.
It’s not recommended for long-term use and you should also be mindful of your calorie intake because you can easily overdo it if you’re not careful.
How Long Should I Stay On The Snake Diet?
There is no definite answer to this question, as it differs for every person. There are three phases to the Snake Diet, and staying on one phase or the other depends on your goals and your health needs.
Pros & Cons of The Snake Diet
- ✅ In terms of fat loss, the snake diet is quite effective. People who follow it are likely to lose quite a lot of weight in a very short amount of time.
- ✅ Lower caloric intake
- ✅ Improved digestion and insulin levels
- ✅ Less fat deposition in the body
- ❎ Can lead to food binges if not closely monitored
- ❎ Can cause nutrient deficiencies if followed for a long period of time
- ❎ May cause fatigue, dizziness, and constipation due to inadequate caloric intake during the fast phase.
- ❎ Can increase risk of health problems in those with sensitivities to sodium, high blood pressure, or diabetes.
If you want to see some weight loss results on the snake diet, click this link.
Final Thoughts on The Snake Diet
While there are no studies that have been done on the snake diet yet, I will give it a 60/100 score.
It’s true that if you’re looking to lose weight fast, it will surely give you the results but other aspects of the diet may prove to be super risky for many groups of people, especially those with health conditions.
If you’re healthy and are used to fasting, then you might try it.