Let’s be honest for a hot second; when it comes to losing weight, there aren’t many of us who haven’t looked for a ‘quick fix’ at least once in a while and we end up on pretty much some new diet found online. But isn’t the boring Paleo diet or the vague GM diet or the fruit diet or the South Beach diet or even Atkins; too boring to even try again? Well, here is a latest fat that accounts on only one thing – the phases of the Moon!

We know moon is very beautifully glitzy and everything, but little did we know that it can actually make you get fitter and lose some extra fat. A new trend is harkening back to Hawaiian traditions of eating, farming, and fishing according to the lunar cycles. And it is said that just like moon affects the Earth’s oceans and rivers with its gravity, moon also affects the water contained in the human body! Exorbitant fact or what!

The Moon Diet, according to devotees (which may or may not include a few A-list celebs, if you listen to the gossip mill) can help you lose up to six pounds in just one day (I think it is hypothetical). So here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • Choose your plan option. The basic moon diet requires you to stick to the plan on the full or new moon (2 days per month). The extended version requires work during each major phase of the moon (4 days per month).
  • When it’s time, fast with only water or juice until that phase is over and done with.

Did you know getting off those extra pounds was so easy? Well just because it sounds simple and looks easy to do, it doesn’t mean that it “really” works or it is a long-term solution. It can just be a temporary solution or even not that, because every person is different you know. Dawn Jackson Blatner, author of The Flexitarian Diet, said, “This is basically a fasting plan, and while it could be true that the moon has some influence on what we weigh since it has to do with gravitational pull, it’s not going to be in any large, measurable way. And what you do two to four days in a month will not lead to long-term weight loss, since consistency is the key to success.”

So if the moon diet works for you and you lose some pounds, keep in mind, that is just water mass and will be regained quickly as our bodies naturally have a water flux of five to six pounds and the weight can be regained back in as little as 24 to 48 hours from when you stop fasting. A quickie comes fast and vanishes back fast with no permanent or long term results. So basically there is no shortcut to actually getting shimmy and losing some fat.

While moon diet may be a quick solution for a special day, it should not be tried without consulting a physician and also that long-term or repeated use of such diets can be really unhealthy. You can probably just adopt ‘healthier eating’ and a balanced regular workout regime because after all the key is ‘consistency’.