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There is never a shortage of fad diets. People have tried everything and anything to lose weight. From grapefruit-only diets, to liquid diets, to low carb, low fat, or low calorie diets, there is something for everyone when it comes to losing weight.

But the newest diet plan and subsequent book, The Overnight Diet: The Proven Plan for Fast, Permanent Weight Loss, has sparked interest and controversy and has people talking about what some may say are the extremes of dieting.

The Overnight Diet was written by Dr. Caroline Apovian, an obesity doctor with substantial expertise in the medical field of managing obesity. She is an associate professor of medicine and pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, the director of the Center for Nutrition and Weight Management at Boston Medical Center, as well as their director of Clinical Research at the Obesity Research Center.

Apovian was even a nutrition consultant to NASA and an appointed member of the federal government's panel on the evaluation and treatment of overweight adults. Clearly, her background is stellar. Dr. Apovian used her impressive resume to help research and write this book.

The Overnight Diet claims to help people lose weight while they sleep. Basically the regime consists of six days of a high protein diet plus one day of a liquid diet.

Apovian claims that followers of this plan will lose up to two pounds overnight after completing the One Day Power Up jumpstart program and up to nine pounds the first week, if they follow the eating plan and get the appropriate amount of sleep.

The Overnight Diet says that it keeps the dieter's body in fat-burning and weight-loss mode while making no food off limits. Even hamburgers, peanut butter, and chocolate are included in the food options for this plan. Unlike other high protein diets, fruits and vegetables are encouraged and dieters can eat all they want of them.

But not everyone is impressed with this concept, or believes the rather grandiose claims.

Keith Ayoob, the director of the nutrition clinic at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine's Rose F. Kennedy Center in New York, told Good Morning America that it was possible for someone to lose two pounds overnight, but qualified that answer by saying that the weight loss wouldn't be fat, but mostly water.

Ayoob believes there is no possible way to lose two pounds of body fat in one night. "In order to lose two pounds of body fat overnight you'd have to burn up about six or seven thousand calories and there's just no way to do that by sleeping," Ayoob said.

The Overnight Diet is another weight loss tool that for some is easier, but it won't take the place of what has worked for ages. For many, the tried and true method for weight loss has always been, and will always be, to eat less and move more.


GMA.yahoo.com. Web. 8 April 2013. "Overnight diet promises weight loss while you sleep".

Amazon.com. Web. 8 April 2013. "The Overnight Diet: Proven and Permanent Weight Loss."

Reviewed April 9, 2013
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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EmpowHER Guest

This is something. I'm not for high protein diet so I don't think it would work for me. I was once obese but I've tried a diet pill called Prescopodene for 2 months. I lost my excess weight and I am now solely sticking to a diet and exercise program to keep my weight right where I want it. I don't think I could lose 2 pounds overnight. I think losing weight has to be gradual. Just saying.

June 18, 2013 - 6:03pm
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Losing weight by means of calorie counting is like killing yourself through starvation. I can't do that I'm not the type of person who keeps myself hungry as my work requires mental alertness at all time. I would be dizzy and irritable if I'm hungry. I can exercise if I have enough time for it. I'd go for diet pills because not only that you can eat normally while on it, it also gives you enough drive to keep you active through the day making it more possible for you to even have enough energy to go to the gym. I agree that losing weight, indeed has to done slowly but surely. My sister is taking that Prescopodene. It's keeping her extra weight off.

June 30, 2013 - 6:58pm
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