A diet that is cited by many as being a part of the American Heart Association is actually not from the organization, but rather a bogus eating plan filled with saturated fat and cholesterol. The diet has also been cited as the Miami Heart Institute Diet, Cleveland Clinic Diet and Spokane Heart Diet.
The falsely advertised Heart Association 3-Day Diet is filled with saturated fat and cholesterol, both of which are unhealthy, especially for those who need to limit their fat and cholesterol intake due to high blood pressure or heart disease.
The plan also suggests that users will drop 10 pounds in three days; however, most of that weight is water and limited carbohydrate intake. Breakfast choices for the 3-day diet include hard-boiled egg, toast, banana and coffee or tea. Lunch items include tuna, cottage cheese, crackers or toast; cheddar cheese, apple and coffee or tea. Dinner items include hot dogs, vegetables, fruit and vanilla ice cream.
This diet is against the basics that the American Heart Association recommends, since the organization suggests limiting dairy products and processed meats.
The American Heart Association suggests eating healthfully and getting exercise as ways to lose weight instead of any fad dieting. AHA encourages individuals who need to lose weight to make realistic goals and to plan meals ahead of time to avoid binge eating.
Choose foods that are high in nutrition such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fish. Fiber is beneficial in lowering blood cholesterol and feeling full longer, which can help you manage your weight more effectively. Fish such as trout, salmon and herring contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which help lower the risk of artery disease.
Exercise to burn off more calories than you consume to lose weight and keep it off. Thirty minutes of moderate cardio activity, such as walking, is recommended each day for weight loss and heart health.