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New fitness mantra: Count bites, not calories

Press Trust of India

Posted: Dec 28, 2004 at 1113 hrs IST

"Forget counting calories. Don't bother calculating fat carbohydrate grams, either. If you want to lose weight, just count the number of times your fork goes to your mouth - and keep that count under 70 a day to lose big," says a new "bite diet" plan, the brainchild of Miami nutritionist Meredith Luce and New York Pilate's Instructor Joan Breibart.

"You can chow down on a variety of foods, spread out in three regular meals - and one smaller meal - a day, with no more than 18 bites per meal," says Breibart.

Also, this has to be completely balanced diet, which is very intrinsic to weight loss, the two researchers say in a report on a medical website.

While counting calories is important, Breibart believes the real key to weight loss lies in retraining the stomach to be satisfied with less food - and part of the success of the 'bite' diet is that it teaches us how to do just that.

However, the diet plan has drawn flak from some American diet experts who see the potential for trouble when the consumers take the 'bite' philosophy into their own hands.

Agrees Meenakshi Saran, a dietician at the G M Modi hospital. The bites can be big or small. Moreover, it is difficult to count each bite you eat, she says.

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