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Lose 15 pounds in 1 Week with the 5 Bite Diet Plan

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Would you like to lose 15 pounds in just one week and then continue to lose even more weight over the long term? That’s what one doctor promises on The Dr. Oz Show with a new diet plan that he designed based on his observations on how eating like a gastric surgery patient can help you lose weight - but without the surgery.


"The secret to losing 15 pounds in one week is eating anything that you want, but just 5 bites a meal,” says Dr. Oz as he introduces his special guest Dr. Alwin Lewis, the creator of “The 5-Bite Diet” plan. Dr. Lewis tells viewers that his diet plan originates from the 5 bites per meal regimen of gastric bypass patients. When he tried the diet on himself, and then on his obese and overweight patients, he found that both he and they lost significant amounts of weight. See why Gastric Bypass surgery really works.

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“I’ve treated about 815 patients for weight loss. I have a total of 16,115 pounds lost. You don’t have to spend any extra money on food and you don’t even have to engage in a regular exercise routine. The 5 bite diet will absolutely get you to your goal whatever your goal might be,” promises Dr. Lewis.


So what does a 5 bite diet entail? As an example, Dr. Oz and Dr. Lewis showed viewers a sampling of what the meal plan for one day looks like for someone on a 5 bite diet:

Breakfast: A cup of black coffee and a multivitamin pill

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Dr. Lewis explains that the reason for no food for breakfast is that he believes that since a person has not eaten since dinner the night before, that the body is now in a fasting mode upon waking up in the morning. He believes that by extending the fasting period just a few hours longer actually induces the body to consume even more abdominal fat right off as you start your day. The multivitamin is to ensure that you are not starving nutritionally.

Lunch: 5 bites of anything

One example shown on stage is a small hamburger divided into 5 bite-size pieces. Dr. Lewis tells viewers that to him 5 bites of a hamburger is an excellent choice because it provides protein with some nutrients and because it tastes good and is very satisfying to most taste buds.

“The key to any successful diet is that you are able to follow it, that you are taking in food that you enjoy,” says Dr. Lewis.

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Dinner: 5 bites of anything

For dinner, Dr. Lewis provides 3 bites of macaroni and cheese with 2 bites of apple pie as being acceptable choices for his diet plan.

However, Dr. Oz appears not to be buying into the idea that people can follow this diet plan and still be healthy. Dr. Oz explains that to be healthy the body needs to take in specific nutrients such as iron, calcium, magnesium, protein, healthy fats, good carbohydrates, etc. all of which are derived from eating enough of the right kinds of food. Without any of these diet building blocks, he tells viewers that the human body will crumble and start falling down.

“You might be smaller, but it’s not the right way… not the healthy way. It’s not about the calories―it’s about the nutrients,” says Dr. Oz explaining his reasons for why he does not believe this diet is healthy.

Dr. Lewis counters Dr. Oz’s concerns by stating that he believes that people on his diet will not be nutritionally deficient because the body in his opinion stores enough of these nutrients throughout a month of eating foods this way.

“What I am giving patients―or people―is control. We all know how to gain weight. We know how to put on five pounds in a weekend. But what we don’t have is good control over how to lose that weight just as quickly, just as easily. What I am doing is giving patients that ability,” says Dr. Lewis.

While Dr. states that what he finds positive about the 5 bite diet is that it helps make people mindful of every bite they take in, he expresses concern that engaging in this kind of eating behavior will lead to nutritional problems.

“My concern with the 5 bite diet is that it’s a real temptation for unhealthy foods that throws our body out of balance. The real goal, I think, ought to be to be on a diet that will keep people healthy and skinny at the same time—not one or the other. I don’t want you counting anything―it’s the nutrients, not the calories or the bites,” recommends Dr. Oz.

However, if keeping track of calories or what you've eaten or what you plan to eat is something you want to do towards your weight loss, here is what Dr. Domenica M. Rubino--a representative of the Obesity Society--has to say on the latest word on diet tracking devices.

As an example of how to lose weight in a healthy way as recommended by Dr. Oz, here is a plan by Dr. Oz on how to lose up to 10 pounds in 2 weeks and a plan on how to lose that stubborn belly fat without fasting.

Image Source: Courtesy of The Dr. Oz Show

Reference: The Dr. Oz Show



If I were to try this diet would I just lose fat or would I lose fat and muscle at the same time? How can I use this diet and only burn fat and keep my muscle?
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You just lose fat you can't exercise during
Not true.. You can exercise.. I wouldn't suggest it for the first 5 days though because your body is getting used to the calorie deficit and reduction in portion size.. Just focus on that for the first couple days then add exercise.. But you don't have to exercise and you'll still lose fat.. I personally didn't like to exercise too much on this. Just get some cardio and do some moderate exercise so you keep toned while losing .. To me the best way to build muscle and keep muscle is make sure your getting your protein. I love chocolate muscle milk. Protein burns fat, builds muscle. Hope this helps
I'm getting married in 6 weeks and want to look my best to do really think that this will work for me ?
oh congratulations on your marriage! Yes, this diet works 100%
I've been on this 5 bite diet for 3 weeks. The first three days are the hardest BUT it works! I've lost 7lbs so far....23 to go! Good luck!
go you. soon you will look like a model. lol :) keep up the good work.
you have been on this 5-bite diet for 3 weeks and only lost 7lbs? .. Dr. says you can lose 15lbs in 1 week! I think that either you aren't exercising, are taking huge bites, or are eating really bad food (or maybe all of the above?). I lost 8lbs in 2 weeks just by eating all veggies for 3 meals a day and drinking lots of water. .. youshold be able to lose more than 7lbs in 3 weeks.. was that a typo?
Why are you talking about someone else when you only lost a pound more a week quicker?
You would lose loads of muscle. + 15 l in a week would mainly be water - this sounds a very stupid diet. don't believe it
I tried this diet for one day, I lost 5 lbs from the day before to today. I know I did not lose any fat just fluids and the minute I start eating I will gain all of it back. I woke up this morning feeling totally starved and dizzy. If I really want to I can stick on it with determination. I only need to lose about 10-12 lbs. There is no need for me to starve myself. As a physician, I can safely say this is not a health way to lose weight and chances are one will gain it all back quickly. The only thing this diet concept taught me was portion reduction and moderation in eating, for that I thank this diet. otherwise I am not sure it's a healthy way to lose weight even if you eat vitamins along with it. I am sure people will lose weight on this diet and perhaps for those who need to lose a lot of weight this may be a good jump start. Just don't stay on it for too long, you will end up with all sorts of deficiencies which will hard to correct and will have consequences. The take home message is eat small, frequent healthy meals and exercise and you will lose weight.
Don't bariatric apitients have to follow a diet? My understanding is they have to change their diet as well as portions? Perhaps if you ate five bites of nutritious food, and ate a couple of bowls of salad and veg, you would get what you need? I can see that if people limited themselves to 5 bites of egg and chips or gluten free Margherita pizza etc, they might actually be healthy, if they ate the two bowls of veg, some fruit. Maybe some nuts and seeds.
You should exercise AND diet.
You need to excersise to be able to keep your muscle and lose fat at the same time.
On any crash diet, you lose fat AND muscle. About equally both, not just muscle, not just fat.
This diet plan really works. I am loosing fat not muscle. I have already lost 30 pounds and the homecoming dance is this Saturday. I now can fit into my dress beautifully and I also have a date :) people who want to loose but dont want to work to loose weight just can't loose.
How long did it take u to lose 30 lbs I want to lose like 60 in 60 days will I be able too on this diet and exercise 5 days a week
it took me about 5 weeks to loose 30 lbs. since you want to loose 60 lbs if you do the 5 bite plan every day and exercise every day for about 2-3 hours at a time so that you work up a good sweat you should be able to loose 60 lbs. that is if my calculations are right.
How long did it take u to lose 30 and how much do u workout
ok i now work out about 2 hours a day. it took me only a few weeks to loose 30 pounds and i am happy. i do pull ups, push ups, crunches, bur pies, and tons of other things. now i am happy with the way i look. :)
I believe you will lose fat and muscle during this diet but if you keep up a healthy workout regimen during this period of time you'll gain more muscle
I know this. That is why I have a total gym. it really works.
After I finish this diet, if I slowly introduce more Bites to my meals, will I gain the weight back? And during the diet my meals consist of meal protien replacement bars and salad and stuff like that. I also do push ups and squats so I don't lose muscle
Once you've lost the weight you will have to increase your caloric intake or you'll continue to lose. You won't gain the weight back if your caloric intake matches your calories burned. It's that simple. Weigh yourself frequently and increase or reduce consumption in order to maintain your desired weight.
I weigh 210 and I want to lose over 60 pounds and I need to lose it all by September. Will this help? I really need this I can't be a freshman and be fat. I'm tired of being bullied. Does it honestly work?????
Yesnit does. So far I have lost 12 lbs in. A week. Join the Facebook five bite group it will help a lot
Yesnit does. So far I have lost 12 lbs in. A week. Join the Facebook five bite group it will help a lot
are you getting bullied ?
hay how are you doing If you are still trying to loose weight let me know and I can help you the best that I know, but you need a proper diet and some activity and drink lots of water, fruits,vegetables and meats are the best thing to eat mostly fruits and vegetables with vinegrette dressing dressing do this for a week with a half an hour walk any where and walk back and that will be an hour, if you see results continue. God bless you on your efforts