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Old 11-09-04, 01:19 PM   #1
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The bite diet

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PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2, 2004

Diet counts bites
Plan promises quick weight loss; experts skeptical


On the bite diet, you’re supposed to limit yourself to four meals a day with a specific number of bites and you will shrink your stomach, learn healthy eating habits and shed pounds – all in 21 days, it promises.

They call it the bite diet.

Limit yourself to four meals a day with a specific number of bites and you will shrink your stomach, learn healthy eating habits and shed pounds – all in 21 days, it promises.

"Counting bites instead of portions" will quickly "normalize" your eating so you lose weight – and permanently, says Joan Breibart, who created the plan along with registered dietitian Meredith Luce.

Breibart says on the diet, people revert to healthy eating habits that were in place before super-size meals, time pressures and modern lifestyles sparked the current "obesity epidemic."

Each day, you eat two 12 to 16-bite meals and two made up of 18 to 22 bites. There is no snacking. But the plan allows for about nine extra bites over a week for desserts and garnishes.

What’s a bite? It’s what you can comfortably hold in your mouth and fit on your fork – and does not cause "chipmunk cheeks," Breibart explains.

Each meal includes one fluid that ought to be something that will raise your blood sugar – not water or diet soda.

Drink between meals only if you are thirsty. But no food or drink is forbidden.

However, some experts say the bite diet is really another fad without much science to sink your teeth into.

Toronto home economist Mairlyn Smith calls it "all smoke and mirrors."

And Mississauga registered dietitian Donna Bottrell says it is "a bunch of hocus-pocus."

To permanently lose weight, you must do it slowly by eating less food without starving yourself of enough calories and nutrients, they say.

"I get upset when people say you can lose weight and get fixed in 21 days," Smith says. "That is just not true. There is no magic miracle."

But Breibart says her plan works because it does not measure food or count calories, carbs or fat grams.

Most diets label some foods as good and others as bad, she says. "Good" ones can be consumed in large or unlimited amounts and "bad" ones must be limited or eliminated, whether the plan is low cal, low fat or low carb, she says.

This approach, however, corrupts normal eating habits and stretches the stomach, making people hungrier and launching a "vicious cycle" of overeating and weight gain, Breibart says.

By chewing each bite – at last five times to start – you improve digestion and appreciate a food’s taste, so you naturally eat less, she says.

The plan limits fluid consumption during each meal because too much fluid dilutes a meal’s taste and causes more eating, she says.

Many North Americans have a "water addiction" and are brainwashed to think we need eight glasses a day, Breibart says. "It’s a myth."

However, both Smith and Bottrell say the bite diet is too low in calories and doesn’t supply enough energy or nutrients.

Many days you may eat only 1,000 calories. They say you need at least 1,200 to 1,500 calories each day so you don’t lower your metabolism and regain any lost weight as soon as you stray from the bite diet limits.

Smith says the diet is based, in part, on some sound principles: portion control, chewing food thoroughly, eating slowly and not forbidding foods or food groups.

"It takes your brain 20 minutes to realize you are not hungry, so chewing well and eating more slowly are good things," Smith says. But you still need eight glasses of fluid a day, she says.

Though the bite diet is touted as easy to follow because it eliminates measuring foods, calories, fat and carbs, Bottrell says a closer look at the details shows it is, in fact, very complex.

"I had a hard time understanding how you use all the fixes and fares and bites and put the plan into action, it was so complicated," she says.

She says it would be very hard to meet the stated calorie and nutrient goals just by slowly chewing a number of bites each meal, so you would need to plan very carefully.





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Thanks for the laugh. That's pretty funny stuff.

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Old 11-09-04, 02:45 PM   #3
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She thinks drinking a lot of water is bad..LOL
The diet seems geared for a total couch potato
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That's hilarious. It reads just like a spoof site, except these idiots are for real. I especially love the bits about our addiction to water. This is complete $h!t.
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That's hilarious. It reads just like a spoof site, except these idiots are for real. I especially love the bits about our addiction to water. This is complete $h!t.
Yeah, but they're having the last laugh.
They come up with this diet that looks at portion sizes...they get their millions and their 15 minutes of fame...the rest of us schmucks have to work for a living.

"eat anything as long as it's not over 85 bites per day"

I looked the author up on amazon...her other book is about "standing Pilates" LOL
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Yet another gimmick for those who diet their way to obesity.
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Yet another gimmick for those who diet their way to obesity.
I love it!! Hadn't heard that one before.
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lets come up with our own diet fad.....all proceeds go to bikeforums.

We'll call it "Hydrothin Diet" or "Hydrothin Weightloss System" Eat whatever you want, but you must drink 1 liter of water 15mins before each meal, and 1/2 liter of water every 10mins during the meal. This will get you focusing on water instead of food, and fill your stomach with mostly harmless water instead of the crap food that the dieter will probably choose. Snacks are forbidden unless they come with a 1/2 liter of water.

Quick someone call Aquifina and get them to pay a dietitian to endorse it. Hell, we can even call it the "Aquathina Diet".
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lets come up with our own diet fad.....all proceeds go to bikeforums.
Yes, I"m quoting myself

how about the "Parking lot diet" you must always park in the spot farthest from the grocery store or restaraunt. Drive-thu is forbidden.

There ya go, simple enough to explain, yet impicitly denies fast food and promotes exercise.
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Ha...the article is pretty stupid, but it can be a good idea to count your bites while you're eating. I'm one of those guys who eats really fast, and if you try to chew every bite 20 times it slows you down a lot and you get full quicker. It takes a lot of effort though, and I never keep it up. This is more of a wake-up call than anything. "Hey moron, you're eating too fast!"

They took a good idea and messed it all up!
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Ha...the article is pretty stupid, but it can be a good idea to count your bites while you're eating. I'm one of those guys who eats really fast, and if you try to chew every bite 20 times it slows you down a lot and you get full quicker. It takes a lot of effort though, and I never keep it up. This is more of a wake-up call than anything. "Hey moron, you're eating too fast!"

They took a good idea and messed it all up!
haha...did you ever hear of "chewing your juice"?

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Most people, when drinking fresh juice, will just drink it like a glass of water. But what you want to do is chew your vegetable juice. This does a few things including warming the juice to body temperature. In addition, the vegetable juice then mixes with your saliva which further helps your body absorb the nutrients in the juice faster.

Ideally, I prefer to leave my vegetables on the table for about an hour or so before I begin to juice. This helps bring the vegetables to room temperature. I do this because cold food shuts down digestive enzymes. This is why many feel awful after eating cold foods like ice cream. So when the food is warm, the digestive enzymes work more efficiently.
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Hmm....I think my girlfriend has chewed my juice before.
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Is it April fools day?!?! I can't believe the crap that's out there.
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I could see the diet working. It makes as much sense as most diets do.

I think quite a few people eat without noticing what or how much they are eating. Counting bites is just a way to getting people to keep track of what they are eating and setting some limits. Also having them chew longer probably makes a little go a longer way.

There are some pretty screwy things in there. The notion of water addiction is grotesque and absurd. I think people's water requirements vary widely. I would suffer severe dehydration on what the diet's author probably regards the "proper" amount of water intake.

Of course, like nearly all diets, this diet has tremendous flaws. It does not address the kinds of food eaten. Many foods have such low caloric content (green beans) that they can be eaten with impunity (as long as they have no butter). Of course, most of the really successful diets I have seen seem to me to be recipes for disaster so who knows, it might work great because of its flaws! By that, I mean that the popularity of a diet seems in direct proportion to the diet's flaws. The more flawed the diet, the more "successful" it will be.
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This diet may work, like you said, but it is completely absurd if you look at the whole picture. It does not talk about the importance of following, even remotely closely, the food guide pyramid or the recommendations set by the AHA, ADA, or CDC. People as a whole, when it comes to eating, are clueless and ignorant...most people in this forum either know better (as shown by many of the posts) or can eat more of whatever they want (because they are most likely in good physical condition).

The general public though will take this to mean that they can continue eating their McDonald's Big Mac with supersize fries, but just split the servings up into the approximate number of bites. And how many people do you really think have the strength and willpower to only eat a certain number of bites? If the 60%+ of our population that's overweight had that willpower, they wouldn't be there in the first place. If they can't control their eating without a silly diet, who's to say they'll be able to stop at 18 bites?? And not make it 19 one day, 22 the next, and so on...

Diets are useless without the exercise to go with them. If people would realize this, they would see what really makes the difference - it's all about physical activity. Our government (CDC), the American Heart Association, ACSM, all preach the importance of physical activity, but does anyone listen? Nope. The information is out there...it's been proven...but nobody listens. That's when quacks like this lady come along with a crazy registered dietician by her side and make money off of yet another fad diet!
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Remember To Chew:

Most people, when drinking fresh juice, will just drink it like a glass of water. But what you want to do is chew your vegetable juice. This does a few things including warming the juice to body temperature. In addition, the vegetable juice then mixes with your saliva which further helps your body absorb the nutrients in the juice faster.

Ideally, I prefer to leave my vegetables on the table for about an hour or so before I begin to juice. This helps bring the vegetables to room temperature. I do this because cold food shuts down digestive enzymes. This is why many feel awful after eating cold foods like ice cream. So when the food is warm, the digestive enzymes work more efficiently.
I missed this part before. This further shows my point about this lady being a quack. She's actually saying that if I drink vegetable juice (V8 for example), that by not chewing it, it's not mixing with my saliva???! How the hell does it get through my mouth and into my stomach without touching saliva if it's not chewed???! The very thought of food alone triggers the portion of our brain responsible for secreting digestive juices from the salivary glands in our mouth, but I guess she never heard of Pavlov before. And I'm sorry, but how the hell cold does she keep her vegetables??? True, cold will alter enzyme structure and function, but c'mon lady! Does she think that most of us keep our veggies in the freezer at absolute zero on a regular basis???? Give me a break.

So to recap, chew your vegetable juice because it "mixes with your saliva which further helps your body absorb the nutrients in the juice faster." Ok, no swallowing right away. Just chew. Got it. If I don't, I won't absorb the nutrients that will all end up passing through my stomach and small intestine anyway...oh oh, and I forgot that if I don't chew, the time it takes for the juice to reach the small intestine will be so short that none of the nutrients will be absorbed as quickly...and it wouldn't have warmed up to my body's temperature anyway by going through the esophagus, into the stomach, sitting there for a short time getting worked on by enzymes, then being squirted into the small intestine and nutrients being absorbed. That's all too short of a time to allow your juice to warm up to body temperature w/o chewing. (confused).

Again I say, what a crock of s*#t. lol.
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Yes, I"m quoting myself

how about the "Parking lot diet" you must always park in the spot farthest from the grocery store or restaraunt. Drive-thu is forbidden.

There ya go, simple enough to explain, yet impicitly denies fast food and promotes exercise.
That's what I'm talkin' about!!!
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How about the Dog breath diet. Prior to each meal smell your dog's breath. You'll lose your appetite and lose weight.
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Diets are useless without the exercise to go with them. If people would realize this, they would see what really makes the difference - it's all about physical activity. Our government (CDC), the American Heart Association, ACSM, all preach the importance of physical activity, but does anyone listen? Nope. The information is out there...it's been proven...but nobody listens. That's when quacks like this lady come along with a crazy registered dietician by her side and make money off of yet another fad diet!
Couldn't agree more. What many couch potatoes don't realize is that with regular endurance exercise you lose much of your craving for food. I know because I was that couch potatoe a year ago. Went from 190 lb to 160 in about 5 mos. With regular exercise, your body will maintain a high energy level w/ less food intake. No more mid day "low ebbs", etc. There's also a psychological element: I'll be damned if I'm going to blow today's 30 mile biking effort with a super-sized fat pill from McDonalds ........
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