Author: Troy Theodosiou
To get you started with the snake diet, you’re meant to fast during the first 48 hours. This means not eating or drinking anything except for snake juice. After the initial two days, you’re meant to follow a low-carb, high-fat diet with lots of non-starchy veggies and moderate amounts of meat and fat. The aim of the diet is to get your body into a metabolic state of ketosis where your body uses fat instead of glucose as its main source of energy. This state of ketosis is often associated with the ketogenic diet.
After the first meal, the founder recommends another 72-hour snake juice fast. The only difference is that you add in a tonic of apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. This time around, he suggests fasting for longer if you feel you’re not losing enough weight.
The snake diet cycles between fasts and re-feeding windows. Same as any restrictive diet it helps you lose weight. However, keeping the weight off requires more than a diet; it requires healthy lifestyle choices and changes.
Snake juice ingredients: Water Sodium chloride (Himalayan pink salt) Potassium chloride Baking soda Magnesium sulphate (food grade Epsom salts, optional) The Snake Diet website encourages people to drink snake juice within a one-to-two hour window for ‘as long as you feel good’. It recommends starting with a 48-hour fast and then repeating with a 72-hour one.
You are bound to lose weight on this diet because you’re depriving yourself of calories and going into ketosis. But as with pretty much any restrictive diet, the risk of regaining lost pounds is high when you return to your usual habits.
The snake diet wasn’t created by a medical professional or nutritionist and doesn’t have any research to support its claims. The diet does have its followers and fans who report massive weight loss.
However, the mixed responses to the diet shouldn’t be taken lightly. Having said that, you can use some principals from the snake diet and apply it in a way that is well-tested and considered safe like intermittent fasting (IF).
Any new diet should be looked at critically and carefully – particularly extreme ones. The best thing to do is talk to a qualified doctor or nutritionist if you want advice on losing weight safely and effectively.