The 3 Day Diet plan is an incredibly strict, very low calorie diet, that is supposed to be followed for no more than three days. Which is a darned good thing since the calories are too low for health.
The diet promises a loss of "up to" 10 pounds in those three days. Whenever I see that ‘up to’ though, I know that the weight loss might be significantly less.
The 3 Day Diet is sometimes called " The Cleveland Clinic Diet" but it has been thoroughly repudiated by the Cleveland Clinic, that claims to have no relationship at all.
So who did invent this diet? Nobody is sure, but it has survived for about 20 years.
What You Can Eat On The 3 Day Diet Plan
No deviation is allowed on the 3 Day Diet plan because supposedly the food combinations work some sort of miracle.
Day One On The 3 Day Diet
+ Breakfast consists of tea or black coffee which may be sweetened with a zero calorie product like Equal, one half of a grapefruit, and one slice of toast with a tablespoon of peanut butter.
+ Lunch is one half cup of tuna, one slice of toast, and tea or coffee.
+ Dinner includes three ounces of meat, one cup of carrots, one cup of green beans, one apple, and one cup of vanilla ice cream.
Day Two On The 3 Day Diet
+ Breakfast starts the day with one egg, one slice of toast, one banana, and tea or coffee.
+ Lunch consists of one cup of cottage cheese, five saltine crackers, and tea or coffee.
+ Dinner offers two hot dogs, one half cup of carrots, one banana, one cup cabbage, one half cup of vanilla ice cream, and the usual tea or coffee.
Day Three On The 3 Day Diet
+ Breakfast on day three begins with one ounce of cheddar cheese, one apple, five saltine crackers, and tea or coffee with a zero calorie sweetener.
+ Lunch is one hard boiled egg, one slice of toast, and tea or coffee.
+ Dinner consists of one cup of cauliflower, one cup of carrots, one cup of melon, one cup of tuna, and one half cup of vanilla ice cream.
Verdict On The 3 Day Diet Plan
The only value in a restrictive diet like this is if we use it as a kick off or jumpstart to a more serious change of eating. Perhaps a reluctant dieter needs a boost right at the beginning to get her started, but otherwise shy away from this nonsense. Why?
It includes downright dangerous foods like artificial sweeteners and wieners/hot dogs (if you really want to feel ill, do some research into what’s in one of those things!) And it includes food with no value to the human body like saltines and ice cream.
Most of weight lost will be water – which will be gained back as quickly as it disappeared, once the diet is finished.
There is a strong likelihood of a binge after such a restrictive eating pattern.
Of the diets we’ve reviewed so far, the 3 Day Diet Plan is definitely the worst.