Miami Heart Institute Diet Plan

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The Miami Heart Institute Diet Plan claims that those following it will lose 10 pounds in three days. The diet includes such foods as hot dogs, eggs and ice cream. Also known as the Spokane Heart Diet, Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital Diet and the Cleveland Clinic Diet, this diet is not recommended by the American Heart Association, and so those considering it are advised to check with a doctor.

Electrocardiogram and stethoscope
Electrocardiogram and stethoscope (Image: RTimages/iStock/Getty Images)

Foods

The foods to be eaten on the Miami Heart Institute Diet are very specific. The diet outlines what is to be eaten when, and in what quantity. Breakfasts selections include grapefruit, black coffee, toast, peanut butter, eggs, bananas, saltine crackers, apples and cheddar cheese. Lunch items include tuna, toast, coffee or tea, cottage cheese, saltine crackers, hard-boiled eggs and toast. Dinner items include green beans, lean meats, beets, hot dogs, broccoli, carrots, bananas, cauliflower, cantaloupe, apples and vanilla ice cream. Other variations of this diet include tomatoes, beef, onions, potatoes, soups, celery, brown rice and other fruits.

Grapefruit on spoon
Grapefruit on spoon (Image: LindaParton/iStock/Getty Images)

Warnings

Though it is sometimes falsely attributed to the American Heart Association, the Association does not recommend the Miami Heart Institute Diet Plan. The American Heart Association advises a diet low in cholesterol and saturated fat; the Miami Heart Association Diet Plan includes both. The Miami Heart Institute Diet Plan is regarded as an unsustainable fad diet.

Doctor listens to patient's heart
Doctor listens to patient's heart (Image: Yuri Arcurs/Hemera/Getty Images)

Results

Whether or not this diet will indeed result in a 10-pound weight loss in three days in up for debate. Experts seem to agree that there is not anything special about this combination of foods. If the Miami Heart Institute Diet Plan includes fewer calories than what you were eating before, you may lose weight. But because this is considered a fad diet, consult with a doctor before attempting it.

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Feet on bathroom scale (Image: mark wragg/iStock/Getty Images)

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