What is a 3 Day Diet Plan?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

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.

Cantaloupe is included in the 3 day diet plan.
Cantaloupe is included in the 3 day diet plan.

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.

Bananas are included in the 3 day diet plan.
Bananas are included in the 3 day diet plan.

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.

Cheddar cheese is eaten on the third day of the 3 day diet plan.
Cheddar cheese is eaten on the third day of the 3 day diet plan.

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.

People on the 3 day diet can drink as much black coffee as they like.
People on the 3 day diet can drink as much black coffee as they like.

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.

A hard-boiled egg is included in the 3-day diet.
A hard-boiled egg is included in the 3-day diet.
Cauliflower is included in the 3 day diet plan.
Cauliflower is included in the 3 day diet plan.
Half a grapefruit is eaten on the first day of the 3-day diet.
Half a grapefruit is eaten on the first day of the 3-day diet.
The 3-day diet plan calls for toast, minus the butter.
The 3-day diet plan calls for toast, minus the butter.
Cottage cheese and eggs are permited on the second day of the 3-day diet.
Cottage cheese and eggs are permited on the second day of the 3-day diet.
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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