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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



Its not the cup size that matters its the bites,no one gunna be bringing a cup with them every where they go silly
Hi,my quinceañera is in two weeks and I need to lose weight!!!! Can anyone give me a like a meal plan on this diet to lose weight? And can I work out during this duet??
I'm 14 and weigh 150 lb. I want to weigh 120 in a month. Will this 5 bite diet work?
Hi y'all , I know its a silly question, can you chew Dugan Free Gum???
I weigh 80kg.i want to go on this diet.Can i lose 20 pounds in a week?
Hey I really want to know of this diet works I want to lose at least 25 pounds by August 12th and I want to know if I can lose more if I do this more than once
I am starting this diet today. Female, 42 yrs, 5'2", 164.6 lbs. Will post results.
I am 15 and I weigh 250lbs I realize that I am obese and that this is very dangerous and I want to lose weight with all of my might but would this diet be a good thing for me? And I mean I already run a mile, lift weight for 40 minutes and play racketball for 45 more minutes would I be able to keep exercising?
So today is day 1 for me. I've heard a lot about this diet and decided to give it a try. My goal is to lose 25-30 pounds by the end of September. I know it works because when I first heard of it about 2 months ago, I told my sister about it and since then she has been on and off this diet and her weight went from 199 to 167. Wish me luck as I start my journey!!!!!!!!!!!! Those who have done this for a while, please give me any kind of insight or tips to help me succeed and stay on track. Thanks
Can i drink cold black coffee or it should be hot?
Since I don't drink coffee, what should I drink?
I'm about to start this diet wish me luck!
Its 8/3 /15 I made the decision to lose 25 lbs by 10/16/15 for my daughters wedding on a beautiful cruise ship,I'm 5'2 150 lbs I've heard a lot of good things about the diet so I'm hopping it does the same to me,I'll post back in a couple weeks,keeping my fingers crossed lol
Let's see if this works
I feel as though this diet has become a test to see how much I can fit in my mouth with each bite, lol but hey, I lost four ponds yesterday( my first day)
I was just curious, what about fruit? Do you have to limit that to 5 bites too or no?
Di you eat 3 or 5 times a day?
Hi, so my goal is to lose 15-20 pounds in 11 days. I want to lose/burn fat around my body and I just want to know if it actually works on everyone? If I start tomorrow will I be able to lose atleast 15 pounds by next Friday?
So I want to lose 15-20 pounds in 10 days...will this diet actually work? I really want to lose weight badly. Will it give me any side effects?
I did this diet I lost 21lbs in two weeks :) I did it bit not to look skinny but extra boost for weight requirements. For the military.
I really hope this tip works bc I want to lose some weight for I can fit into a few pretty shirts and I wanna lose some weight for homecoming and I only weight 135.3lbs and I wanna weight 117lbs by the next month
I was wondering if someone Can tell me that has done this diet do you have a loose stomach skin I want to try it but I'm afraid that I will have a loose stomach skin another word flabby skin left over right now I weigh almost 200 pounds and in two weeks we are invited to a quinceañera so I want to lose some weight so I can fit into something very nice...
This is interesting. I just started the Medifast diet on Monday.(sept 14) and it is now Saturday (Sept 19) and my sixth day and I'm down about 9 pounds. My official weigh in will be Monday and I'm sure I will hit at least 10 to 11 off. When I first started this- we eat 6 meals a day ( 5 meal replacements and a lean and green of our own) I thought this must be what it is like to have gastric bypass. The portions we eat on our meal replacements are definitely only about 5 bites! Then the lean and green is a bit more but not by much. I had a few days that I felt a bit "off", but not necessarily starving as my stomach was not literally growling. I think it's true that your stomach must re-adjust to feeling full on less food. I also think the brain has to also re-adjust. I think a good two weeks ought to do it. I initially considered gastric bypass or the lap band and I even qualified for it with insurance. But when I attended the info session, the doctor discussed all the things we may never do again. He said no carbonation again ever. No steak. Too stringy. No bread. Too pasty when broken down. No pizza. The crust is breafd. He said these things will feel "caught" as if they don't pass through to the new stomach. I can't remember what the carbonation was supposed to do-- only that I may never have soda again! And then, he said if you do over eat ( as in more than five bites) or the wrong things, your body will promptly take care of it for you by vomiting. Also too much sugar will cause the dumping syndrome- and basically that means a trip to vomit as well. After hearing all this-- and knowing it will be FOR LIFE I decided against it. I hate throwing up. I love soda. And pizza, steak and bread are my favs. decided I wasn't willing to make that lifelong sacrifice. But since it ultimately comes down to portion control ( 5 bites, Medifast 5 and 1 meals of basically 5 bites!) I decided that I would rather try this then enter a life changing obligation. The Medifast is expensive. That's the biggest downfall I see. $310 a month for food. But we figured we nearly spent that in a month on take out and going out to eat. But the advantage over the 5 bite FOR MEbis that the foods you do get are protein rich and have the vitamins in them and it's easy having the food hand. Also they really push water ( and crystal light counts as water too). and I think that is a big factor in keeping your tummy feeling full on any diet whether 5 bite or 5 meal replacemements. On the downside you visit the loo a lot... But you don't have to risk the after affects of the surgery forever. In the end, the 5 bite sounds a lot like Medifast except a lot cheaper. After both diets are done and weight goals hit, one will have to continue to control portions so as not to gain the weight back. But I still think they are advantageous over the surgery. I can't see myself living totally without steak, pizza, bread, and soda. I realize I can't ever consume in the quantities I used to, but once in awhile I can still have them and just eat less. My biggest suggestion on the 5 bite diet would be to eat the foods that are protein rich to feel fuller, drink copious amounts of water, and take that multiple-vitamin. Even after by pass they make you take extra vitamins to avoid malnutrition as your body now doesn't absorb them properly. Another down side. I think that anyone can do anything they set their mind to for a period of time. It's the forever thing that bothers me about the permanent surgery. I think the 5 bite diet would be an effective alternative to diets like Medifast. I just think a person needs to consume the right kinds of food and get the vitamin in. Good luck to all of you trying it and kudos to those who have already seem success!!
My concern is losing muscle and I workout at least five days a week. I've been gaining but I need to lose.
I am 14, 55 pounds over weight and even I am trying it and if I can do it all of you people can do it to. my mother thinks I will just give up but this time I am going to follow through with it until the end. also I will be drinking lemon or lime water to help fill me up so I am taking in less food and I am not starving myself in the process. plus I have Homecoming in 3 weeks and I am going to ask that special guy but not until I loose weight so I will look nice in my dress. we will all loose but we can not unless we take the first step. I hope my message gives all of you hope.
today will be my first day of trying it and I will continue with it for about 3 weeks just to try to loose 45 pounds I am trying to loose because homecoming is in 4 weeks and I want to fit into my dress beautifully. wish me luck
I am 14 and 45 pounds over weight so I am going to try it. My homecoming is coming up and I want to be able to fit into my dress. I have a feeling in 3 weeks I will loose close to 45 pounds. wish me luck
If you have an physical one week fronm today how much would you loose
you would loose about 15 pounds if you keep working really hard at it that is what I am doing and I have already lost 8 1/2 pounds.
do I need to get multivitamins in order to do this diet? & its saying that we have to take 5 bites of 3 meals right?