Imagine going to bed and just snoozing off the extra pounds. That's the fantasy American obesity doctor Caroline Apovian of the Boston Medical Center seems to be selling with her new diet, "The Overnight Diet," that will supposedly help you slim while you snooze. Okay, it's not as simple as going all Dorothy Gale, squeezing your eyes shut, and wishing you weighed less. Apovian advises a one week protocol that apparently can help people lose up to two pounds per night. Uh, yeah, suuuuure.
All right, sure, as crazy as it sounds, I know you still want to know what the plan entails ...
On the Overnight Diet, you're supposed to eat a high-protein diet for six days, followed by one day of a liquid diet (consisting of all-you-can-drink smoothies that Apovian claims are specifically engineered to produce a reduction in the body's production of insulin). After that, you just get lots of sleep (no exercise required!). And Apovian claims you could lose up to nine pounds in a week. Yeah, okay, color me extremely skeptical.
And I'm not the only one. The thing is ... of course sleep is good for you and helps you lose weight. Promoting it as a weight loss aid is nothing new. Research shows that our bodies/metabolisms need a good night's rest to function properly, to make it easier for us to eat right and stay on track with a fitness plan the next day. It's not rocket science.
That said, it sounds like Apovian's diet is a mash-up of good-for-you advice wrapped up in snazzy, gimmicky, fad diet packaging. Come on, people. Aren't we smarter than that? Can't we just realize striving for 8+ hours a night, lots of water, clean eating, and physical activity is the key to wellness and healthy weight loss? Or are we really going to place our bet on a plan that promises results "overnight"? Drrr.
What do you think about this diet? Do you agree sleep is integral to weight loss?