What is a 3 Day Diet Plan?

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The 3 day diet plan is a system that instructs dieters to eat a very specific menu of foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner over the course of three days. This diet plan is based on the combination of certain foods and the reduction of one's caloric intake. In fact, the caloric intake is so low that some people criticize the diet plan as being basically a system of starvation. Others hail it as a great way to lose weight quickly, however, and it is often advertised as a way to lose up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) in just a few days.

During the first day of the diet, breakfast consists of half of a grapefruit and 2 tablespoons (32 g) of peanut butter on a slice of toast. For lunch, the dieter may have another slice of toast along with 0.5 cup (77 g) of tuna. Dinner is 1 cup (170 g) of beets, 1 cup (125 g) of string beans, and seven slices of any kind of lunch meat. A small apple and 1 cup (214 g) of vanilla ice cream can be enjoyed for dessert.


On the second day, the dieter may have half of a banana (about 68 g) with one hard-boiled egg and a slice of toast. Lunch is three saltine crackers and 1 cup (226 g) of cottage cheese. Dinner is a 0.5 cup (64 g) of carrots, 1 cup (91 g) of broccoli, and two hot dogs without buns. For dessert, the dieter can have 1 cup (214 g) cup of vanilla ice cream.

For the final day of the 3 day diet plan, the dieter may have a small apple, three saltine crackers, and one slice of cheddar cheese. For lunch, the plan calls for one hard-boiled egg with a slice of toast. On the third day, dinner consists of 1 cup (107 g) of cauliflower, 1 cup (170 g) of beets, and 1 cup (154 g) of tuna. Half a cantaloupe and 1 cup (214 g) of vanilla ice cream are on the menu for dessert.

Throughout the plan, dieters can consume as much black coffee or unsweetened tea as they like. Some versions indicate that the use of artificial sweeteners is acceptable, but others do not. People on this diet should drink plenty of water, which may be flavored with lemon juice. Anyone considering any kind of diet plan should consult a medical professional first.


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