Diet, Weight Loss,

What is the 3 Day Diet

The 3 Day Diet has managed to stand the test of time. Despite being a fad diet, it has been around since the 1980s. The 3 Day Diet promises that users will see rapid weight loss, be cleansed of toxins, get increased energy, and lower cholesterol.

 

The strict diet is followed for 3 days, and then normal eating is resumed for 4 days, followed by 3 days of the diet and so on. At this point, regardless of the 3 day diets longevity, it has yet to ever be proven to have long term success. While the 3 day diet claims to give users a loss of 10 pounds, it’s more than likely just water weight and not really a loss of fat.

 

How the 3 Day Diet Works

The claim of the 3 day diet is that eating the suggested combination of foods included in the diet plan will create a reaction metabolically and help your body burn more fat. Since there is not a real creator or book pertaining to the 3 day diet that spells out exactly how it works, the claims made about the diet are all a myth. As its name suggests, it is a diet that last for 3 days, but it can be repeated as often as you want with 4 days in between.

 

The reason it calls for you to go back to normal eating is to keep your metabolism up and keep your body from going into starvation mode where it stores more fat. Since the 3 day diet restricts carbohydrates, the weight that is lost is usually just water weight since carbohydrates cause the body to retain more water. As soon as the user begins their normal eating habits, the weight will just come back.

What Experts Say about the 3 Day Diet

Because the plan calls for users to consume less than a thousand calories during the 3 days, experts say this will actually slow down the metabolism, so when normal eating is resumed, the users will not only gain back the water weight, but extra pounds. Experts are concerned that this will establish a vicious cycle of starvation for 3 days and over eating for 4 days. The 3 day diet does not change any unhealthy eating habits or encourage a long term healthy diet, which are essential to real weight loss. Experts are also concerned with the self esteem damage that the 3 day diet may cause as users feel they have failed when they cannot keep up with the restrictions. This is because the 3 day diet is a fad diet, and like all fad diets, it’s not something that can be done for any real length of time.

Sample 3 Day Diet Meal Plan

The 3 day diet has a very specific plan for food that needs to be followed exactly for its duration. The portions have to be exactly as it says to keep the dieter from over eating. Also, users of the 3 day diet are not supposed to eat less than the plan says to and drink at least four glasses of water each day. The 3 day diet has no exercise plan associated with it. Here is the 3 day diet menu:

Day 1

Breakfast

  • Tea or coffee that is black w/ 1-2 packets of artificial sweetener
  • ½ of a grapefruit or ½ cup of unsweetened juice
  • 1 Slice toast
  • 1 Tbsp. peanut butter

Lunch

  • 1/2 C. Tuna
  • 1 Slice toast
  • Tea or coffee that is black w/ 1-2 packets of artificial sweetener

Dinner

  • 3 oz. chicken or lean meat
  • 1 C. green beans
  • 1 C. carrots
  • 1 Apple
  • 1 C. ice cream, plain vanilla

Day 2

Breakfast

  • Tea or coffee that is black w/ 1-2 packets of artificial sweetener
  • 1 Large egg
  • ½ Banana
  • 1 Slice toast

Lunch

  • 1 C. tuna or cottage cheese
  • 8 Saltines

Dinner

  • 2 beef franks
  • 1 C. cabbage or broccoli
  • ½ C. carrots
  • ½ Banana
  • ½ C. ice cream, plain vanilla

Day 3

Breakfast

  • Tea or coffee that is black w/ 1-2 packets of artificial sweetener
  • 5 Saltines
  • 1 oz. cheddar cheese
  • 1 Apple

Lunch

  • Tea or coffee that is black w/ 1-2 packets of artificial sweetener
  • 1 Egg, boiled
  • 1 Slice toast

Dinner

  • 1 C. tuna
  • 1 C. carrots
  • 1 C. cauliflower
  • 1 C. melon
  • ½ C. ice cream, plain vanilla