Saturday, January 19, 2013
The Moon Diet
The Moon Diet Plan
It's well known that the moon affects the earth's oceans and rivers with its gravitational pull. It is less known that the moon also affects the water contained in the human body. The moon diet takes advantage of the moon's power to help you cleanse your body and lose weight. On certain days you can lose up to 6 lbs in a single 24-hour period!
The Moon's Effect on the Body
Human knowledge and mythology throughout time have spoken of the moon's effect on the earth and the human body. The moon's gravitational pull dictates the action of the ocean's tides. A woman's menstrual cycle runs in parallel to the cycle of the moon. Some believe the moon affects the emotions—for example, the full moon stimulates aggressive behavior.
In addition, the moon can affect the water contained in the human body. The human body is 60% water. When the moon reaches its full phase and new phase, its gravitational pull combines with the sun for the greatest gravitational effect. This period of increased effect lasts about 24 hours.
There are two moon diet plans—basic and extended.
The basic moon diet plan consists of a 24-hour fasting day in which you consume only water and juice. It must take place during either the full moon or the new moon. During the fasting day your body is cleansed of toxins, and you can lose up to 6 lbs of water weight in one day.
The extended moon diet plan begins with a fasting day on a full moon, as described by the basic moon diet plan, then provides additional guidelines for weight loss and healthy eating during each of the major phases of the moon.
In addition, each of these plans is compatible with many other diet programs. Combining the moon diet with another diet program can give you an extra boost in your weight loss efforts. The fasting days of the basic moon diet plan can be implemented in many weight loss programs. A single day of consuming only water and fresh juice simply detoxifies your body, and the lack of toxins makes further weight loss even easier.
The moon diet also helps you decide when to start a new diet plan. The period of the waning moon that immediately follows the full moon is often the best time to start dieting, due to the corresponding decrease in the body's appetites and cravings.
For example, if you are familiar with the very popular HCG diet, here's how it would work: The loading days would begin during the two days immediately prior to the full moon, when food cravings are at their height. The low-calorie phase would begin on the first day after the full moon, when due to the waning moon, cravings begin to decrease and the body enjoys a natural detoxifying stage. While on the HCG diet, you might also choose to enjoy a fasting day during the next new moon or full moon (it is allowed on the protocol because you are not required to consume the full allotment of calories). You can also follow almost all of the guidelines for the waxing and waning phases of the moon (see extended moon diet) during the HCG diet.
Benefits of the Moon Diet
Besides the potential to lose 6 lbs in a single day, the moon diet is also a great way to detox your body and improve your immunity. Furthermore, it can also be used to lose additional weight throughout the moon's cycle and to boost the effectiveness of other diet plans.
If your hectic lifestyle makes it hard for you to cook special foods or stick to lengthy, demanding schedules, the moon diet can be a great way to lose some weight and help you feel lighter and healthier.
Many women worldwide have seen positive results from the moon diet, and it poses no health risks; however, it is always recommended that you speak to your doctor before starting a diet. Note that fasting is not recommended for women who are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding a baby.
Moon Diet Plan: Extended Version
The extended moon diet plan covers all phases of the moon. As the light and power of the moon waxes and wanes, it exerts different forces and effects on the human body. In addition to the fasting days during the full and new moon (basic moon diet), there are other guidelines you can follow during these other phases to take full advantage of the moon's influence.
You can use the moon phase calendar on this site to help you know when to begin each stage of the moon diet. Use a software program such as QuickPhase Pro for best accuracy.
The best time to start the extended moon diet plan is with the full moon. The period of the waning moon that immediately follows the full moon is the easiest part of the moon diet due to the easing of the moon's influence and looser dieting restrictions. You will progress more rapidly during this time, which will make it easier to continue your diet later on.
During the 24 hours of the full moon you must follow the fasting procedure described in the basic moon diet plan. Eat no solid foods, but drink as much water and freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juice as you like! In addition to exercising your self control, you can lose up to 6 lbs of water weight and eliminate unhealthy toxins during this time. This gives you a wonderful jump start to the moon diet.
Following the full moon comes the waning moon, when its light slowly decreases. This is a period of elimination for the human body as the moon encourages detoxification and the flushing of any extra water from the body. In addition the body's cravings tend to decrease and weight is easier to maintain.
During the waning moon you must be sure to drink plenty of water to stimulate further removal of toxins and replace the water being pushed from your body by the moon's influence. In general, it's recommended to drink about 8 glasses of water each day of the waning moon. In addition, follow a balanced diet of solid foods during this period.
When the light of the moon is completely gone from the night sky, the new moon has a great influence on the human body. Following the trend of the waning moon, the new moon is the greatest period of elimination.
As with the full moon, during these 24 hours you must follow the guidelines explained for the basic moon diet plan—fluids only, no solid food. In addition, detoxifying teas have the greatest effect during the new moon. Try drinking more sage, dandelion, or metabolism-boosting green tea to maximize the new moon's cleansing influence. This is your best opportunity to flush toxins from your body and lose additional water weight.
After the new moon, the period of the waxing moon begins and the moon's light grows in the night sky. During this time food cravings tend to increase, eventually leading to their peak at the full moon. Your self discipline will be brought to the test during this time.
While under the influence of the waxing moon you must eat less than usual. You don't have to starve yourself, but you need to be sure to stop eating your meals as soon as you begin to feel full—don't overeat and don't give in to cravings! Especially avoid thickeners (sweets, fats, etc.) in this phase. Most importantly, you shouldn't eat after 6 p.m., when the moon's light starts to become more visible. Wait until morning to eat again. Drinking more fluids between 3 and 5 p.m. will help you feel more full and control any cravings that strike in the evening hours before you go to bed.
Although this period leading up to the full moon can be more difficult than other phases, you can look forward to the relatively easier guidelines of the waning moon after that.
By following the guidelines above for the extended moon diet, you can reap many weight loss / weight management benefits. Best of all, it is easy to do and natural, something you can do every month of the year.