What is the Biggest Advantage of ‘Real Housewives’ Heather Dubrow’s New Diet?

The Real Housewives of Orange County

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Celebrity diet books come and go. But Heather Dubrow from The Real Housewives of Orange County and husband Terry from Botched insist this is the diet book to end all diet books.

The power couple released a weight loss book called (appropriately) The Dubrow Diet. Both Heather and Terry often exhibited their healthy (and sometimes wonky) health habits on the RHOC. This includes eating a healthy diet but also leech therapy–at a cocktail party! While the leech therapy and appetizers seem insane, the book is based on actual science.

To create the plan, the couple ran a clinical study over six months. They asked 100 people to test drive their diet and then conducted a study. “The average weight loss was 48 pounds, the lowest was 33, and the highest was 86,” Terry told Bravo’s The Feast. “98 percent of [participants] said this is the best lifestyle change they’ve ever made.” Sounds pretty good? Here’s how it works, plus what is the biggest advantage this plan has over others.

What is the Dubrow Diet?

Rooted in the concept of interval eating, The Dubrow Diet includes periods of intermittent fasting for up to 16 hours per day, according to Men’s Health.  Plan followers go through phases.  Phase one “shocks” your system so you need to fast 16 hours a day. While it sounds brutal, you could just stop eating at 8 p.m. until breakfast the next morning. And–bummer–no booze.

Next, you change up intermittent fasting periods to enhance weight loss. This means you mix up your fast period between 12 to 16 hours during the week. You also get a cheat snack or meal during that phase.

Does it work?

Terry told Prevention the plan is designed to keep your blood sugar stable and hunger at bay. “When you eat frequently, you’re conditioning the satiety centers that tell you when to eat. When you eat limited calories during the time you’re not eating normally (and eating foods that are varied in temperature and pH), your body won’t tell you it’s hungry. You’re basically confusing the satiety receptors to think they’ve been exposed to food. That’s what’s bizarre and wonderful about this diet: you’re not controlled by food.”

Nutrition experts seem to agree with Terry’s assessment but warn you still need to watch your caloric intake. “This plan can be good for people who are constantly grazing all day long. It can help them have some time in a fasted state,” Mitzi Dulan, RD, author of The Pinterest Diet told Prevention.“But how much you eat—regardless of when—is still the key. You want to still be mindful of portions and eat until you feel satisfied.”

Green-lit foods on the diet include a wide array of vegetables, fish, nuts, beans, and coffee. Tea, healthy fats like avocados and nut butter are fine too.

The best part of the diet is…

Heather told The Feast the diet is all gain no pain. “What if I told you that I could give you a lifestyle plan that would not only get you to your goal weight incredibly quickly and relatively pain-free, but also, it’s going to give you more energy than you’ve ever had, make your skin amazing and tight, grow your hair — wouldn’t you be like, I’m in? That’s The Dubrow Diet.

More than just tight, glowing skin, Jenna A. Werner, RD told Prevention this is one aspect that makes the diet a winner. “This book is promoted as a lifestyle change, which I like. Eating is encouraged and I like that too, They talk about the importance of being prepared, of having good and healthy foods around you, and eating for energy. All these things I support!”

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