What Is the Dubrow Diet, and Can It Really Help You Lose Weight?

By | November 14, 2018
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  • The Dubrow Diet was created by Heather Dubrow of The Real Housewives of Orange County and her husband, Dr. Terry Dubrow of Botched.
  • The diet claims to be as effective for weight loss as keto but more sustainable.
  • The Dubrow Diet is based off the concept of intermittent fasting.

    So you probably know all about the trendy ketogenic diet, which calls for eating a ton of fat and barely any carbohydrates. Although keto boasts a number of celebrity fans like LeBron James and Halle Berry, there’s a new diet angling to steal its spotlight.

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    The Dubrow Diet was created by married Bravo stars Heather Dubrow (of The Real Housewives of Orange County) and Terry Dubrow, M.D. (of Botched). The goal of the diet is to foster weight loss and increase energy — the same things keto devotees are looking to achieve. The difference between the two diets? Instead of eliminating carbs, The Dubrow Diet recommends interval eating—or fasting for different periods of time—which the Dubrows say is more sustainable than eating mostly fat.

    The Dubrows even dedicate a section in their book, The Dubrow Diet: Interval Eating to Lose Weight and Feel Ageless, about why interval eating is superior to fasting. They argue that a high-fat diet is less appealing and more difficult to sustain.

    Note: Neither Dr. Dubrow nor his wife are dietitians.

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    What is The Dubrow Diet?

    Terry based his recommendations for interval eating on the intermittent fasting concept, which entails not eating for periods ranging from 16 hours to an entire day. Although intermittent fasting is one popular weight loss strategy, the results are mixed about whether it’s more effective than just counting calories.

    The Dubrow Diet calls for eating in three different phases. Each phase has a different recommended fasting period.

    According to the Dubrows, phase one is meant to shock your system and reset your internal hunger meter. To do this, you’ll need to fast 16 hours a day—for example, only eating from noon to 8 p.m.—for about five days. Alcohol is not allowed during this phase, Prevention reported.

    Then, you’ll transition to phase two, which includes three fasting periods for slow, medium and quick weight loss:

    • Fast 12 hours per day and eat during a 12-hour window to lose .5 to 1.5 pounds per way. You also get one cheat snack for the week.
    • Fast 14 hours per day and eat during a 10-hour window to lose 1 to 2.5 pounds per week. You also get one cheat meal for the week.
    • Fast 16 hours per day and eat during an eight-hour window to lose 2 to 4 pounds per week. You also get one cheat day for the week.

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      This is what you can eat on The Dubrow Diet

      What you eat is just as important as when you eat, and the Dubrows recommend consuming plenty of green vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats including:

      • Spinach
      • Arugula
      • Kale
      • Chard
      • Green beans
      • Leeks
      • Seaweed
      • Chicken
      • Fish
      • Nuts
      • Beans
      • Coffee
      • Tea
      • Avocado
      • Nut butters
      • Nonfat yogurt
      • Coconut yogurt
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        Is The Dubrow Diet healthy?

        Jenna A. Werner, R.D. says there’s a lot of positives to the plan.

        “This book is promoted as a lifestyle change, which I like.” Werner told Prevention. She also approves that the Dubrows encourage planning and eating plenty of vegetables. But Werner says that the diet isn’t individually tailored, which is important for any weight loss plan.

        Of course, the best diet is one that works for you. “A healthier type of diet is something you can do every day of your life,” Andy Yurechko, MS, RD, of Augusta University Medical Center in Georgia, previously advised MensHealth.com.

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