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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.

5 Bite Diet Plan in a Video Snapshot

“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



Do you think I could do a protein shake with water for lunch and the 5 bites for dinner? Thanks!
can i drink muscle milk when doimg this diet.
I wanna lose like 35lbs on this diet.Im 19, 5'9inches and I feel fat.I weigh 70kg btw.Would this diet work for me?How long would it take?Im asthmatic and can't really exercise so much.Someone should help me please.
Prad, I'm thinking milk is a bad choice especially in the first week or so.
if your a diabtic what will happen if you do this diet?
15 lb a week - come on guys why post this sort of rubbish. You are just making the site a laughing stock that gives people false hope
Oh Dave: It makes me sad that you may not have read the article or understood that someone is promoting this, Dr. Oz thinks it may be nutritionally deficient and that a video is included about more sensible weight loss.
Kathleen, I appreciate you reaching out and getting back to me. Dr Oz is totally right :-) 15lb in a week would at a guess include 6 or 7 lb of water, 4 lb of fat and 4 lb of lean body mass. This is the fact of what will happen even if the person does drop 15 lb. There are far better ways of shedding weight. Anyone doing this is going to damage their body for a 4lb of fat loss. You need to point this out at the top of the article :-)
Yes, Dave, you're right. The headline and start may have made it appear like a good option. I think it is not sustainable and agree there are far better ways that are healthier and will effect long-term change and weight management. We are a bit "fast weight loss" crazed perhaps. You're welcome. :)
I lost 46 pounds in 8 weeks! Just doing basic training lol.
What type of basic training is that. Can you post what you did please! Need to drop about 15+ pounds fast trying to get my CDL need to start working in the next month or so.
She's probably talking about military basic training....not some diet you do to lose 15lbs.
I weigh 52 kg and I'm 152 cm tall. Approximately how long would it take if I wanted to become 41 or 42 kg?
I work night shift four nights out of a week. I'm wondering how can I adjust my time to eat accordingly on those days I'm asleep in preparation for work?
This diet REALLY REALLY WORKS! I started on APRIL 27,2014 @ 301lbs and I'm down -174 as of December 30,2014!!!! I'm such a happy & blessed person! Follow my journey on instagram @ cmbnd1222
I have his book & Met Dr Lewis once. I am going to do this because I never been fit for summer. I am 210 5'2. Anybody has any words of wisdom doing this & accomplishing their goal. I am excited and willing to eat less and feel confident and less tired.
I weigh 180 lbs im 5.7 tall i have alot of health issues spinal problems i need to lose weight how do i do this fast i have deteriorating bones in spine have problems walking and bending so how do i lose weight
If I try this diet with exercise , then stop the diet after two months but continue the exercise will I gain all the weight back?
I would love to try this diet but i dont drink black coffee.. Any substitutes or can i just take a multivitamin on mornings
Starting tomorrow. Very motivated with a goal of 80#.
I am motivated about this diet as well. I would like to lose 35lbs. How is it going for ya?
I started this diet yesterday and am so excited to say i weighed myself this morning and am already 5 pounds lighter! But i would also like to know if there is a substitute for the coffee as i truly do not like coffee at all.
That's great! How much do you want to lose? Unlike myself, having a hard time with my will, such a grazer not a meal eater either, I love coffee and all the goes with it,lol. Hard to kick that habit. Green tea is a great coffee replacement with stevia. It helps with appetite as well.
Do you eat snickers at all or regular food
I want to do this! what should i eat for the 3 meals that i can only have 5 bites of?
I wanted to know since I am currently taking Phentermine, would that be affected by the multi-vitamin?
I am a 25 yr old female that weighs 255 lbs. My fat mostly sits on my stomach and waist and upper back. Will this diet help change that?
Hi. Umm, I recently had a baby about 4 months ago. And I'm really needing to get rid of this postpartum belly crap. Will this help me?
Excuse me! But now much is exactly " a bite"
Its approximately 1/3 of a cup