Weight-loss is a national obsession in the U.S., where obesity has reached epidemic proportions. As a result, new diet plans are marketed with regularity. However, they tend to focus on long-term weight loss, at a rate of 1 to 3 pounds a week. Losing weight fast, such as to get ready for a wedding or other special occasion, requires another approach. One proven plan is known as the Alabama 3-Day Diet and it results in the loss of up to 10 pounds in three days, according to diet review resource My Lifestyle Diet, where 82 percent of readers say they liked its results. But, cautions My Lifestyle Diet, the weight lost is water weight and long-term use of the diet can carry health risks.
Eat 1/2 grapefruit or drink a glass of grapefruit juice for breakfast on the first day. In addition, eat one slice of toast with one tablespoon of peanut butter. Drink black coffee or tea. For lunch, eat 1/2 cup of tuna with a slice of toast and black coffee or tea. For dinner, eat 3 ounces of any meat with 1 cup of string beans, 1 cup of carrots or beets, 1 small apple and 1 cup of vanilla ice cream.
Eat 1 hard-boiled egg and 1 slice of toast for breakfast on the second day, along with 1/2 banana and black coffee or tea. For lunch, eat 1 cup of cottage cheese or 1/2 cup of tuna, along with 5 Saltine crackers. For dinner, eat 2 hot dogs with 1 cup of cabbage or broccoli, 1/2 cup carrots or turnip greens, 1/2 banana and 1 cup of vanilla ice cream.
Eat 1 hard-boiled egg and 1 slice of toast for breakfast on the third day, along with black coffee or tea. For lunch, eat 1 slice of cheddar cheese, 5 Saltine crackers, 1 small apple and black coffee or tea. For dinner, eat 1 cup of tuna with 1 cup of carrots or beets, 1 cup of green beans or cauliflower, 1 cup of cantaloupe or 1 small apple, and 1 cup of vanilla ice cream.
Drink some water during the day, but not a lot. Experts say the diet succeeds because it helps you shed water weight quickly. Therefore, drinking too much water will undermine your results. However, not drinking any water could lead to dehydration.
Be aware of the diet's restrictions. Do not use it for more than 3 days at a time. After that, return to your normal diet, but manage your calories carefully to keep off the weight you have lost. If you want to continue to lose weight, limit yourself to 1,500 calories a day for four days, then return to the Alabama 3-Day Diet for another cycle. Then repeat the full cycle two more times. By doing that, if you are obese, you can lose up to 40 pounds in a month. Normal, healthy people who are overweight can typically lose about 20 pounds in a month on the plan.
Tips & Warnings
- For best results, cook meats using a cooking spray and steam your vegetables.
- If in doubt about your general health, consult your doctor before starting this diet.
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