The 3 Day Diet is a fad diet promising rapid weight loss of 10 pounds. It achieves this mostly by loss of water weight through a calorie-restricted diet of 600 to 1,100 calories per day. Proponents of this diet claim that the combination of foods included in this plan will increase metabolism and fat burning. While the diet has a set menu, certain foods can be substituted for with a similar effect.
People following the 3 Day Dieters are required to follow an exact menu in order to achieve the promised result. They are warned to neither overeat nor undereat during the three days, then return to normal eating for at least four to five days before performing the 3 Day Diet again.
Black coffee or tea, with 1-2 packets artificial sweetener 1/2 grapefruit or juice 1 piece toast with 1 tbsp. peanut butter
1/2 cup tuna 1 piece toast Black coffee or tea, with 1-2 packets artificial sweetener
3 oz. any lean meat or chicken 1 cup green beans 1 cup carrots 1 apple 1 cup regular vanilla ice cream
Black coffee or tea, with 1-2 packets artificial sweetener 1 egg 1/2 banana 1 piece toast
1 cup cottage cheese 8 regular Saltine crackers
2 beef franks 1 cup broccoli 1/2 cup carrots 1/2 banana 1/2 cup regular vanilla ice cream
Black coffee or tea, with 1-2 packets artificial sweetener 5 regular Saltine crackers 1 oz. cheddar cheese 1 apple
Black coffee or tea, with 1-2 packets artificial sweetener 1 boiled egg 1 piece toast
1 cup tuna 1 cup carrots 1 cup cauliflower 1 cup melon 1/2 cup regular vanilla ice cream
In addition, dieters should have at least four cups of water or calorie-free drinks daily.
Some food on the 3 Day Diet menu may not appeal to all. In these instances, substitutions may be made. For instance, the one cup of tuna may be replaced with one cup of cottage cheese. An orange can be substituted for the half a grapefruit. Frozen yogurt is an obvious substitution for the nightly scoop of ice cream. Cauliflower, broccoli, green beans and cabbage are interchangeable, as are carrots and beets; likewise one piece of toast may be subbed for the Saltines.