Have you heard of the Werewolf diet?

on Jan 29, 2014 @ 10:57 am

And here you thought your Paleo friends were a little "out there".

Apparently, the newest fad diet to hit the celeb circuit is the so-called "Werewolf" or "Lunar diet", in which your eating patterns are determined by the moon's phase. Reportedly, Demi Moore and Madonna have already taken this diet for a test-drive.

There are two versions. With "Basic", you fast during the new and/or full moons for 24 hours with only water or juice (or juice cleanses) for sustenance. 

Under the "Extended" version, you adjust your food intake based on the moon's phase. During a waxing moon (when the moon is going from crescent to full) you are supposed to eat less overall, especially avoiding sweets and fats. During a waning moon (going from full moon to crescent), do not eat when the moon is shining.

So to recap, avoid sweets and fats, and don't eat at night time. Sound familiar? 

The notion is that lunar activity (and gravitational pull) has an effect on our bodies. Following this diet supposedly helps cleans and manage cravings. There are many people who already believe that a full moon can affect our moods, so it's not a total leap to extend this into a dieting regimen.

I say take this diet with a grain of blood ---er, salt. Sounds like a bunch of hookum to me, but I'm curious what you think?

5 Replies

Grain of blood taken on Jan 29, 2014 @ 11:24 am

Sounds like someone just trying to toss another wonky diet regime into the mix.

I will admit, I think there's is a "hint of blood," as you say, in regards to your cravings/eating habits being influenced by external factors (i.e. weather, environment, the moon?) but I would definitely not consider living by this.

And call me bias, but paleo is as real as you can get! What's so "out there" about eating natural whole foods?

clarification on Jan 29, 2014 @ 11:46 am

Apologies, just wanted to clarify the paleo comment. I only meant to say that many people have a strong opinion about it, whether positive or negative so I've heard lots of debate pro and con. Many of the negative points are likely based in misinformation, and lots of people assume it's a meat-heavy diet which can be controversial for some people (vegans, vegetarians, etc). That's why some people think their friends are following an extreme diet - whether or not their version of paleo is in fact extreme (and there's a spectrum).

I myself was on a modified version of the paleo diet for a few months back in the summer, but just couldn't get all the way off the carb train. Not a fit for me, but hopefully it's working for you!

Paleo on Jan 29, 2014 @ 01:31 pm

Not to worry - no offense was taken :-)

I understand everyone has varying views on it and I can see all sides of it even being on it right now. Sure, there's definitely a downfall to eating meat day in-day out. But there's much to be gained from eating "back to your roots" as they say.

I'm on a strict version of it right now as I'm partaking in the whole 30 (strict paleo for 30 days straight) and though I'm a fan of this lifestyle, I know eventually I'll re-integrate my beloved hummus, chick peas, dark chocolate (and the list goes on).

Hm.. on Jan 29, 2014 @ 06:30 pm

This is just a bit too much for me.


Not for me... on Feb 01, 2014 @ 02:35 pm

Whatever happened to portion control and exercise? These are getting way too "out there".

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