Fad or Science? New “Werewolf Diet” Promises Success by Following Moon Cycles

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Does a juice fast work better during a full moon? Photo credit: H. Neal

Werewolves, vampires, and zombies are all the rage. From books to the big screen, running races to clothing. And now, diets.

I didn’t think I could be surprised by anything when it came to faddish or trendy diets, but I was most certainly taken aback by this one: The Werewolf Diet. Although it might make for a much more interesting article, the werewolf diet has nothing to do with eating people at night or sucking their blood. Oh wait, that’s vampires. I might need to brush up on my werewolf-zombie-vampire knowledge before continuing with this piece. (My husband informed me the other day that you can, in fact, kill a zombie. Obviously. Oh, the things I learn living in this house of boys.)

Anyways. The Werewolf Diet is based on the cycles of the moon. The ebb and flow; the waxing and waning. The phases of the moon and their effect on nature and the human body. Or would that be the werewolf body? The theory behind the diet is that just as the moon affects the tide of the ocean, it also affects the water in our bodies. Supposedly, when the moon is full, or at the beginning of a new phase, there’s a 24-hour gravitational effect that can influence whether you can lose weight. Hmm. Reportedly Madonna and Demi Moore are moon-diet followers, so it must be totally legit (sarcasm!).

It gets better. There’s not only one Werewolf Diet — or Moon Diet, as some are calling it — there are two. There’s the basic plan or the extended option. The second option is really just a longer version that entails a different diet for each phase of the moon. I can see my grocery list now… headings of the four phases of the moon instead of sections of the grocery store. This could get complicated.

Let’s start with the basic plan. It’s a simple 24-hour liquid fast that occurs in sync with the full moon. Water, juice, and nothing else for a full day. Sounds mildly feasible if you’re not the kind of person who will eat their arm off after more than two hours of hunger. The claim is you can drop six pounds during those 24 hours. The diet attributes this weight loss to the body’s increased ability to process toxins during the full and new moon phases, thus the drinking of more fluids. Apparently, it’s important to start the diet the exact minute the full moon starts. No pressure.

As far as the extended plan goes, you’re supposed to eat less when the moon is waxing and avoid eating when the “moonlight shines” (aka after 6 p.m.) when the moon is waning, in addition to fasting during the full and new moons. Detoxifying teas are an added bonus for the new moon fast. There doesn’t seem to be any additional claims or reports to enhanced or greater weight loss with this more complex version of the diet. Although, also hidden in the diet’s website is the warning that you shouldn’t follow this diet for more than six days. I’m still working out how you follow a full moon flow for only six days…

Maybe it’s just me, but I think it goes without saying that this one’s a little out there. I guess it’s not so entirely off the wall though, considering how many things actually are affected by the moon. Like sleep cycles and baby births. (People tend to sleep 20 minutes less on nights with a full moon, and moms everywhere know the supposed increased risk of going into labor on a full moon. I can totally raise my hand on that second one — I blame the moon for my baby’s premature birth and the overcrowded L&D department. Only semi-kidding.)

I suppose the only way to find out would be to go on a juice fast for 24 hours during a random day of the week and follow it up with another fast during a full or new moon, then compare the weight loss. But I won’t be signing up for that experiment, thank you very much. I’d turn into a werewolf after missing my first meal — anyone who’s come across me when I’m late for lunch can vouch for that. I think I’ll stick with the sun diet: only eat on days the sun rises.

While I won’t be promoting this diet to anyone anytime soon (read: ever), I do see the marketing potential. The Twilight Diet, anyone?

Photo credit: Heather Neal


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