New York: The latest trend on the scene - the Overnight Diet, is a rapid weight-loss plan that claims you can actually slim down while you sleep.
American obesity doctor Caroline Apovian, of the Boston Medical Center, just penned a new book, `The Overnight Diet,` advising that dieters eat a high-protein diet for six days, followed by one day of a liquid diet.
That followed by lots of sleep (with no exercise necessary) equals a slimmer you, up to two pounds per night and nine pounds in one week-at least that`s the promise, the New York Daily News reported.
While mounting research suggests that more sleep can help you lose weight, skeptics say the diet is all a little too good to be true.
"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," Keith Ayoob, director of the nutrition clinic at the college`s Rose F. Kennedy Center, said.
Apovian doesn`t entirely disagree that the weight loss is water, at least intially, and the diet does make room for a variety of healthy foods, including some good carbs and plenty of fruit.
The liquid diet day consists of all-you-can-drink smoothies that Apovian claims are specifically engineered to produce a reduction in the body`s production of insulin.
If you`re bloated or store fat around your midsection, insulin is to blame, she said, and following the diet can help release that stored water and salt weight-leaving you slimmer and feeling healthier.