Yet another dieting idea comes hurtling to crash with a loud bang in a market already saturated with magic solutions to every possible problem. The 3-Day Diet is the latest attempt to try and woo people with a gimmick that’s bound to sound absolutely great: three days. Yep, you’ve got that right. No two-week induction phase, no two or three-month long fight with your body’s cravings and a constantly empty stomach. Everything can be solved in three days.
This is one clever piece of marketing because most people will go: “One month is a scary prospect, but I think I can go on a diet for three days. I will be over before I know it.” But let’s see if things are really that simple as they sound and whether three days is all it takes to rid you of the effects of months and years of unhealthy eating.
The 3-Day Diet focuses on eating certain types of foods together in order to trigger a specific metabolic reaction in your body. The chemicals are supposed to boost your metabolism and help you burn fat at a higher rate than usual. The diet only lasts for 3 days and should only be repeated after a cool off period of four to five days. The specific portions need to be followed by the book, or you may not achieve the results that the creators of the diet claim are possible.
Breakfast on the first day begins with coffee (no sugar), one half a grapefruit, and a piece of toast with 1 Tbsp peanut butter. For lunch, you are allowed a can of tuna, a piece of toast, and black coffee. Dinner consists of 3 ounces of chicken or lean meat, a cup of green beans, one cup of carrots, one apple, and one cup of regular vanilla ice cream.
The other two days of the diet are relatively similar in meal quantity, though the specifics change. Day 2, for instance, recommends two beef franks for dinner in place of three ounces of lean meat. The diet claims that weight loss of 10 pounds is achievable over the 3 days that the diet lasts.
To put it bluntly, the 3-Day Diet is a very poor choice for anyone looking to lose weight. Claims that the diet works because of a “unique metabolic reaction” created by food combination are unfounded. The only reason that a person on this diet would lose weight is due to the three days of severe restriction of the caloric intake.
Because of the low amount of carbohydrates in the diet, it is also possible that a person on this diet will primarily lose water weight and muscle mass instead of getting rid of the fat that made you go on a diet in the first place. As soon as the dieter goes back to eating a normal diet and consuming a normal amount of carbohydrate, the water weight will be gained back.
The 3-Day Diet is an excellent example of a “yo-yo” diet that never educates the dieter on how to achieve sustainable, healthy weight loss. There are numerous alternatives to the 3-Day Diet that are much healthier, and will produce better results.