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November 30, 2018 3 min read 9 Comments

Insane fat loss? Reversal of chronic disease? Increased metabolic rate? When we heard about these touted benefits of The Snake Diet, we were intrigued. Never one to miss out on a possibly legit way to live a healthier, happier life, we had to check it out for ourselves.

What is The Snake Diet?

Following the eating habits reptile for which this diet is named, you fast - and you fast for a long time. Your first fast is 48 hours. You eat nothing and you only drink Snake Juice (water, potassium chloride, Himalayan Pink Salt, baking soda and food grade epsom salts).

This concoction is supposed to help with water retention while replenishing your electrolytes. After this initial fast, you feed, and then you repeat with a 72 hour fast. When you do eat, your feeding window is only 1-2 hours, and you are told not to gorge yourself: just eat. The prescribed diet it predictably low carb, high fat and moderate protein. Your goal is to push your body into ketosis, where your body uses fat ketones as the primary source of fuel rather than glucose, which comes from carbs.)

Founder Cole Robinson purports the benefits of this diet go beyond fat loss and can actually reverse type 2 diabetes, increase human growth hormone, tighten skin, and provide cellular cleansing and an amped up metabolism. In one interview, he even said it helped melt away a woman’s brain tumour and cured his own herpes. Unfortunately for Robinson, anecdotal evidence is not scientific proof.

While it has been shown that intermittent fasting can do some of these things (namely, the cellular cleansing, diabetes control and increased metabolic rate), the Snake Diet pushes the envelope on intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasts usually last around 16 hours and allow for 8 hours of eating, and is a healthy and sustainable way to lose weight. The Snake Diet is a whole other animal.

And therein is one of the diet’s major problems: we are not snakes.

Nor are we, as Robinson likens us to on what can only be described as an embarrassing appearance on The Doctors, bears. Yes, humans are made to go periods of time without eating, but it is not healthy to go periods of timeall the time without eating.

Healthcare experts agree.

While people may get short-term results from The Snake Diet, it is not an advisable long-term lifestyle. In addition to be unsustainable for the majority of people, it can result in malnutrition and mood disorders (thanks to being so freakin' hangry all the time). Plus,when you do eat, you're less likely to make the best food choices, and we all know how poor food choices can take a toll on your body. (And if you don't, heart disease, cancer, diabetes make the short-list). And all these insults don't even compare Robinson throws at you. ("Hey, Fatty!")

All these downsides aside, there’s also the fact that during extremely long periods of fasting, your energy for your sweat sessions could suffer  — and you don’t want to trade off the benefits of regular exercise for a diet that could do you more harm than good.

Listen, we're all for healthy eating, but not at the expense of our mental or physical health. If you want to learn more about The Snake Diet (or hanker to have scientifically unfounded and confidence crushing life-advice yelled at you for half an hour), by all means, go for it. But in our experience, the best way to lose unhealthy fat is to eat a balanced diet rich in whole foods, exercise regularly, drink plenty of water and get enough sleep.

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9 Responses

Hoey
Hoey

May 14, 2019

Seriously? You think it’s scientifically unfounded? I invite you to look into autophagy and the Nobel prize in 2016.

Cole also mentions you should be low carb so you’re always in ketosis.
Number of issues with this piece;

For a start the interview on tv was embarrassing for the doctors, paid for by mainstream to push the continuous “balanced diet” paragraph. 44 years has told us this doesn’t help the majority of people.
Another thing, no science? Autophagy, ketosis, Low carbs and sugars, low inflammation, increase in longevity. If you know ANTHING about regeneration of stem cells, MTor, telomeres, you’ll know that there is science behind consuming a large meal every other day (or even prolonged fasting to rid the body of its fat naturally.
You talk about the person cheating. Well eating every 48h means you can get away with eating rubbish because it would burn the by the next meal but it’s not advisable. Better than eating rubbish daily and eating more rubbish one evening?

Somebody eating 3000-4000 calories of vegetables and small proteins and majority fats (net carbs and sugar restricted), is not going to suffer From “malnutrition”.
Think about what people eat.. toast for breakfast? Sandwich for lunch? Meat and potatoes for dinner? Or rice? What is the nutrition compared to a big meal of high fat low processed carbs?

Unfortunately you’ve quite blatantly taken the side of trying to sell a “5 day fix” when in fact most people need to start (with) a five day SNAKE JUICE (salt water) fast.
Cost: £0
Benefit: maximum
Trying to sell you something: NO

Etienne
Etienne

January 10, 2019

Have you tested it ?

Because I did and it worked.

Like Cole said, results talk, bs walks.

Yalla
Yalla

December 24, 2018

Hey there, found this on Facebook about the Snake Diet and I thought it was pretty cool. I’ve been doing the Snake Diet myself for a few months now, absolutely love it. Cole is an absolute legend and I love every wordthat comes out of his mouth.

I actually documented a 72 hour fast in Thailand where I did 5 mile runs and two hour Muay Thai workouts while fasting: http://bit.ly/2SWloGq

Anyway if you’re interested in a collab in some way feel free to reach out. You can get me at yalla.papi@gmail.com

hilary
hilary

December 03, 2018

Yes i like this.

Helen
Helen

December 03, 2018

There have been clinical trials in Russia and America with fasting for up to 2 weeks, but this was for the treatment of mental health, cancer and arthritis- not to lose weight.
Go to Amazon and watch the science of fasting for more information

hilary
hilary

December 02, 2018

Yes i like this.

Sarah
Sarah

December 01, 2018

I notice muscle loss much faster during long fasts. Muscle burns fats for energy, so I don’t think this would work for me. Plus our brains need fats. Low fat diet with high proteins and a mid range carbs works best for me. Plus aerobic and strength training combinations are the best for results. And rest too. And water… just like the article says. :)

Tammie
Tammie

November 30, 2018

Thank you for being honest about this diet. I know personally 2 people who were “successful” at this diet; they were both anorexic, and sickly looking. They had 0 muscle tone. I was not impressed.
I will stick with exercise and eating healthy.

Jess
Jess

November 30, 2018

That “diet” is nothing but anorexia training! The snake juice is a concoction for laxatives whilst fasting.

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