Let’s find out exactly what the 3 day diet is, if it’s healthy and if you can lose weight using it.
The 3 day diet plan dates back all the way to the year 1985. Till this day, people are stumbling onto this diet and are interested in it’s weight loss success.
They wonder if this diet is THE diet for them to get rid of all of their extra weight.
Let’s find out!
Does The 3 Day Diet Work?
Before we answer that question, let’s go over the 3 day diet and see what it’s all about.
This diet consists of 3 days ON the diet followed by 3 days OFF. You can take OFF more days and stretch it out to 4 or 5 and then go back ON the diet for another 3 days.
So essentially, you’re only dieting for 3 days although on your OFF days, you’re allowed to eat whatever you want as long as you’re being mindful of how much.
This diet says that you can lose 10 pounds in just 3 days. My experience tells me that this can definitely be true, however what you’ll most likely lose is fluids and water weight.
What most people want to lose is FAT and not just water weight.
Any diet will have you losing more water weight in the beginning than actual fat, so it’s not really such a bad thing to lose water weight.
This is the way to jump start your weight loss.
If you see the scale move downwards, even if it is just fluids, I’m sure that will motivate you to keep going.
So what do you eat on this 3 day diet?
Let’s go over the meal plan:
On Day One
Breakfast will consist of tea or black coffee, half a grapefruit or some juice, 1 slice of toast and 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter – all natural if possible.
Lunch will consist of 1/2 cup of tuna, 1 slice of toast and if you want, black coffee or tea.
Dinner will consist of 3 ounces of chicken or any kind of lean meat, 1 apple, a cup of carrots, a cup of green beans, and a cup of vanilla ice cream.
On Day Two
Breakfast will consist of tea or black coffee, 1 egg (organic if possible but doesn’t really matter), 1 slice of toast and half a banana.
Lunch will consist of a cup of tuna or cottage cheese with 5-8 saltine crackers.
Dinner will consist of 2 slices of meat or beef franks, 1-2 cups of broccoli, half a banana, half a cup of carrots and half a cup of vanilla ice cream.
On Day Three
Breakfast will consist of tea or black coffee, 3-5 saltine crackers, an apple and 1 slice cheddar cheese.
Lunch will consist of tea or black coffee, 1 toast and 1 boiled egg.
Dinner will consist of 1 cup of tuna, a cup of cauliflower, a cup of beets or carrots, half a cup to a cup of melon and half a cup of vanilla ice cream.
It’s recommended that you drink 4-8 cups of water.
No other seasonings but a pinch of salt and pepper is allowed.
No snacking throughout the day on these 3 days of the diet.
Once you get through the 3 days, you can take a break for 3-5 days and get back on. During these 3-5 off days, eat whatever you want but moderately.
Aside from the diet, there’s no prescribed exercise regimen. You really don’t need it because of the low calories you’ll be taking in during the 3 days ON diet.
I’d definitely recommend weight lifting to preserve muscle mass because if you don’t lift weights there’s a greater chance of you losing much needed, precious muscle.
To prevent that, do resistance training on your off days on the diet.
Does The 3 Day Diet Work – My Experience
I’ve never done the 3 day diet, however I’ve done other diet protocols very similar to this as well as a complete 3 day fast taking in nothing but water.
The diet will work because during the 3 days, your caloric intake is minimal. If you keep your calories in check during your off days of the diet, you’ll lose lots of weight the first couple of weeks.
Remember, if you want to look your absolute best, lift weights. Both male and female should be lifting weights to preserve muscle tissue when dieting down.