The Aquavore Diet

By Nicole German (RD, LD)

aquavore dietDr. William H. Dunn, a cancer doctor, wrote the book, The Aquavore Diet. His goal is for everyone to understand how to minimize cancer risk through a healthy diet.

The Aquavore Diet gives a plan on how to do so by eating foods with higher water content. The idea is that maintaining good hydration status will help the body detoxify, improve metabolism, stop dehydration, increase feelings of satiety, and improve the function of the hypothalamus. All of this will help to reduce weight, and keep the body healthy.

Thirsty? Eat a piece of fruit or a vegetable.

The Aquavore Diet notes that over time we have begun to choose high calorie, low moisture foods. We get hungry and thirsty and may reach for that salad or apple, but the smell and temptation of the other foods seem much more appealing.

Dr. Dunn suggests that by eating these low moisture foods, they never satisfy our original thirst. We keep eating and eating to try to satisfy that hunger, but since the food is low moisture, all we ingest is excess calories. This leads to a weight problem.

Thirst Resistance

Just like insulin resistance, The Aquavore Diet suggests we get “thirst” resistant. As we age, many of us can get by with less and less water. But, we need to turn this around in order to improve the body processes. Dr. Dunn says it is as simple as drinking a little more water every day, or eating foods with a lot of moisture.

High Moisture, Aquavore Foods

  • Cook meats at low and slow temperatures like in soups or stews, but focus on eating more plant proteins.
  • Consume more fish and seafood.
  • Any fresh fruit or vegetable including beans and potatoes.
  • Broths or soups.
  • Nuts.
  • Limit alcohol to only one or two small glasses of wine per day because it can have dehydrating and other negative health effects beyond that.
  • Jello for dessert.

How to Follow The Aquavore Diet

You may eat any ratio of protein, fat, and carbohydrates as long as you focus on eating high moisture foods and keeping the glycemic index of foods lower. Dr. Dunn does suggest not to consume too much protein (no more than 30% of your total calories), but the key to this diet is consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables which happen to have high moisture and high fiber contents. The Aquavore Diet also recommends always starting a meal with soup or at least a salad. As with any diet, it is always good to ask your doctor or dietitian first.

Overall, I think this is a sound diet, and I like that you have the flexibility to choose what you want. The diet is very similar to following any clean eating or whole foods diet plan. I think it would work well for many people.

What do you think? You can learn more about or purchase The Aquavore Diet here .


  1. ArrowSmith

    You will pry my Cheetos from my cold, dead hands.

  2. Kate

    This reminds me of a similar diet that is based on whole foods. It is basically a plant based diet. If does not come from the earth then it should be eaten in very limited portions. I follor this diet and I have never felt better. It keeps my body feeling great and keeps me lean! Does anyone else follow this diet or a similar one? If so, what works for you?

  3. don mcgrath

    Interesting article. While it seems like common sense that eating foods with high water content is a good thing, we often need reminding about such things. I think I’ll grab me an apple!

  4. Dan

    From counting calories for awhile now, I have realized that bread is very energy dense- having about 80 calories per ounce. In comparison, even a baked potato has far fewer at 26 calories an ounce, and even better, spinach has 7 calories an ounce. Watermelon, which is filled with water has only 9 calories per ounce. Dried fruit, which has no water, is very energy dense. Raisins, for instance, have 85 calories per ounce. The point I am making is that bread is energy dense mainly because it is completely dry, with no water, whereas many fruits and vegetables are much lower in energy density because they are filled with water.

  5. Spectra

    This plan sounds eerily similar to “Volumetrics”–eating foods with a low calorie density should fill you up without doing too much damage to your waistline. I loosely follow “Volumetrics” because I am a voracious eater and those low calorie-dense foods are the only things that fill me up.