What Is the Snake Diet, and Is It Safe?
Are you tired of fad diets that promise a lot but do not produce any results? Has the 30 minutes HIIT(high-intensity interval training) workout routine made you eat even more than you did previously? I am not setting you up for a new exercise plan, but my intention with this post is to make you aware of how we humans have taken food for granted, and we don’t need to work as hard to get it, thus, we don’t respect it anymore. A snake diet makes you aware of your body’s metabolic processes.
How is my respect for food linked with the snake diet?
On his website, the inventor of the snake diet, Cole Robinson, how in the past, humans have survived with a massive scarcity of food. There was a time when humans were lucky to find food once or twice a week. But still, they managed to evolve the way they did. How is this possible when today’s nutritionists ask us to eat healthy food all day long and starvation or fasting is considered bad for health?
The secret lies in the sugar stored in the liver. When we eat food, it is converted into either sugar(stored in the liver) or fat(stored in several parts of the body). When your body gets devoid of energy, it refuels itself with the sugar present in the liver. And then it makes a move towards the fat stored in the body. However, if you continue to eat all day long(as the nutritionists suggest), your liver will never get depleted of sugars. Hence, fat storage will remain as it is. During the food crisis, the early humans survived on the fat stored in their body.
What is a snake diet? How does it work?
As I already mentioned, Snake Diet was invented by a guy named Cole Robinson. He is neither a medical professional nor a recognized scientist. Cole came up with a snake diet by studying evolutionary biology and trying out several diet plans. He calls himself a “Fasting Coach”.
This is the basic gist of snake diet: The snake diet requires you to fast as long as you comfortably can. While on the fast, you consume nothing but the “snake juice”. You don’t have to continue the fast the next day, but you can if you have surplus fat stored in the body. Your body will tap into the fat reserves and you will burn fat within days.
Here is the routine for the Snake Diet
The snake diet plan involves you not eating for 48 hours straight and surviving solely on your body’s stored fat. During the first 48 hours, you are supposed to drink “snake juice”, a drink that will accelerate the process of fat loss. I will share the recipe for snake juice below or you can buy the pre-package snake juice crystal on Cole Robinson’s website.
After the first 48 hours, you eat your regular home-cooked food within a feeding window of 1-2 hours. Cole warns not to eat a variety of food during the feeding window. It is best to keep it simple and straightforward as your body is not used to fasting for this long.
Furthermore, continue the 48 hours of fasting cycles until you reach your optimal weight. You can take a maintenance break of 1 or 2 days in between but remember to get back to the fasting routine as soon as possible.
Here is the recipe for the Snake Juice
To prepare your first-ever snake juice, you will need to buy the following 5 items from a grocery store.
1. Water(2 liters)
2. Himalayan Pink Salt (1/2 tablespoon)
3. Potassium Chloride (1 tablespoon)
4. Baking Soda (1 tablespoon)
5. Epsom Salt (1/2 tablespoon)
If the above ingredients are not available near your area, you can replace the snake juice with apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is as effective as snake juice. It is good for your liver and kidneys.
Is the snake diet safe? Are there any studies performed on it?
There is no one answer to whether the snake diet is safe or not. It depends on how healthy you are. Someone with diabetes or any other hormonal ailment should never attempt such diet routines. At least not without your doctor’s permission. Being said that, a regular healthy person(with a little bit of weight put on) can benefit from a snake diet. It is a little bit similar to intermittent fasting but the fasting periods of way longer and the feeding window shorter. To answer your second question. No, there are no studies performed to validate the effectiveness of the snake diet.
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