The Snake Diet Is the Latest Insane Weight Loss Trend You Definitely Should Not Try
It involves eating one large meal a day and something called “Snake Juice.”
Snake obesity isn’t really a problem. If you’ve ever noticed that all of the slithery creatures are pretty thin, you might’ve thought about whether eating like a snake might help you slim down too.
…Oh, you haven’t thought about this? Well, don’t worry. Canadian personal trainer and medical non-expert Cole Robinson has. And he wants you to give eating like a snake a try. The Snake Diet promises not only to help you lose weight, but also cure everything from diabetes to herpes.
Robinson also claims the Snake Diet will “challenge everything you thought you knew about food and the limits of the human body.” That might very well be true. The Snake Diet is a fasting diet that encourages humans to adopt the natural eating tendencies of snakes. That means you gorge on one large meal a day consisting mostly of fat and protein. Then you don’t eat again for at least 22 hours.
That doesn’t sound too bad. How do I start the Snake Diet?
Well, before you even get started, you need to do a special 48-hour fast where the only thing you consume is something called Snake Juice. This is Robinson’s DIY concoction of 1 liter of water, 2 teaspoons of pink salt, and 2 teaspoons of NoSalt, a salt replacement product. (Whether snakes drink this in the wild has yet to be documented.) Sipping this salty liquid will probably make you want to vomit, but according to Robinson, it’s essential for clearing out toxins, crushing sugar addictions, and transforming your body into a fat-burning machine so you start losing weight ASAP.
Just how much weight are we talking? Well, anything’s possible when you essentially starve yourself. But if you’re looking for hard numbers, one devotee quoted on the Snake Diet website said she lost 10.5 pounds in 4 days. (And was also cured of her diabetes in the same timeframe, natch.)
Is the Snake Diet safe?
You might instinctively sense that eating like a snake for any extended period of time might not be sustainable, let alone good for you. But just in case that wasn’t quite obvious, we’re going to spell it out. The Snake Diet is a truly terrible idea. “It’s not built on solid science, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone,” says Eliza Savage, a New York City-based registered dietitian with Middleberg Nutrition.