I was browsing through diet news today and came across a headline that talked about the Snake Diet, which is something I had never heard of before. Despite all of the diets I reviewed on here, this one has been off my radar for some reason. I’m going to guess it just doesn’t have the popularity or buzz like the others do. However, it piqued my interest and I had to find out what it is all about.
In particular, I found this article on Metro that talks about a man in Germany who “transformed” his body through the use of this diet. But, it comes with the clickbait caveat “is it dangerous?”. Let’s see what this diet entails to get the answer to that question.
Is the Snake Diet Dangerous?
Basically, from what I can gather, this diet is a variation of fasting, which I talk about here. On this diet, you fast for up to three days at a time (which sounds very difficult). During these times of fasting, you can only consume what is called “snake juice” during a one-to-two-hour window.
What is Snake Juice?
Apparently, this concoction is made of the following:
What Does Snake Juice Do?
I guess the reasoning behind this mixture is that it depletes the level of sugars in the liver. This, in turn, promotes the burning of fat as energy since your body doesn’t have glucose to burn as it normally would. In that regard, it puts you into ketosis.
Is It Dangerous?
Experts are warning against not only this snake juice but also fasting in general. The depletion of sugars leads to a lack of energy, an inability to focus, as well as mood swings. Fasting can also cause shut down of certain processes in your body as a means to conserve energy.
Besides just the negative repercussions of fasting, the snake juice itself isn’t the best for your body.
The mixture of Epson salts and baking powder will send you straight to the toilet for an uncomfortable experience. It can also make you nauseous, as the subject of this article said he vomited due to carbohydrate withdrawal.
This diet is pretty ridiculous. Not only is the fasting period way too long, as compared to other intermittent fasting schedules, but it also doesn’t allow for much nutrition. With other types of fasting, you consume around 500-600 calories on a fasting day. With the snake diet, you’re only drinking water mixed with salt and baking soda. The amount of malnutrition is eye-popping.
Sure, you will definitely lose weight – you’re not eating anything and you’re spending all day sitting on or kneeling in front of the toilet! – but the repercussions from the lack of nutrients are far too great. Your body will start to shut down, you’ll lack energy, your immune system will weaken… I can go on and on.
Want to lose weight? Don’t go with the Snake Diet! There are so many other healthy ways to reach your goal weight.