What if you could lose 10 pounds in three days with one diet?
You might be thinking, what does this diet consist of? Water, ice, and a few grapes?
It surprisingly has real food, at the bare minimum of 800-1,000 calories per day. Here are images of the diet:
This three-day diet is also known as the military, navy, army, and ice cream diet. Though these are the nicknames, none are organizations or companies—not even the ice cream industry will take credit for the diet. But why?Well, after careful research, I’ve found at least five reasons why the diet is too good to be true. Honestly, just looking at the food schedule, I’m sure you already have an idea why.
1. Does The Food Hold Up To Nutrition Standards?
Hotdogs, vanilla ice cream, and saltine crackers are not nutrient-dense foods. According to the chart, on day two, you are supposed to eat two hot dogs for dinner—and depending on your craving, ketchup and maybe mayonnaise can accompany them. Look, this diet contains a few nutritionally-dense food but not enough of them to sustain your energy. Plus, the weird combinations like tuna, banana, and ice cream are enough to make your stomach jump.
2. Is This Healthy For Your Body?
Three days is a very short time to gain results in anything of value. If you want long-term results, one month—not three days—is a healthy time period to safely lose 10 pounds.
When the weight goes very fast, it usually comes back just as fast as it left—like a bad boyfriend. Building a habit of getting rid of the weight with a healthy combination of nutritious food and exercise is the healthiest choice for long-term benefits.
Habits are not built in three days, they take months of practice.
Furthermore, imagine the effects of this diet on people with medical conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure. It is high in salt and fat, and lacking vitamins, minerals, and fibers.
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3. Are You Actually Losing Fat?
Getting rid of the water weight is important, but proponents of the three-day diet claim you are losing fat as well. The problem with this claim is it cannot be clinically proven. The more water weight you have, the easier it is to lose the water weight. For example, a woman who is 180 pounds will need three weeks to one month to lose 15 pounds, but someone who weighs 380 pounds will need a lot less time to lose the water weight.
Let’s look at the facts: Caffeinated beverages like coffee and tea are well-known diuretics that release water from the body. Additionally, potassium-rich bananas (which you eat for dinner according to the diet) also release a lot of water. The cans of tuna, hot dogs, and saltine crackers are very high in sodium—a mineral that makes your kidneys store water to balance the salt consumption.
From the look of things, this diet plays around with water weight instead of promoting the right foods and portions that actually help burn fat: More than one slice of whole wheat bread, a whole bananas, three ounces or more of lean meat (as opposed to any kind of meat), and low-fat dairy products including low-fat cottage cheese.
4. Do You Have to Keep Up With Calories?
In order to make this weight loss process easier for you, three-day diet proponents guarantee that you don’t have to count calories, but that’s not actually true.
Imagine eating only half of a banana each day. At some point you’re going to want a full banana. Even the hot dogs—maybe you completely dislike hot dogs, and you want to switch it with something else. In order to switch the foods and stay within the correct caloric intake, you’ll have to count calories to match the fat, protein, and carbs in the tuna.
Furthermore, there are definitely seven days in the week, so if this is your diet for three days, what about the other four days? Well, you’re allowed to eat whatever you like as long as you keep it at a maximum of 1,500 calories a day. So, again, this means you’ll be counting all of your calories. 1,500 calories is also on the lower side, which may ultimately lead to one major binge 72 hours later.
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5. Will Your Metabolism Increase?
Out of all of the three-day diet claims, this one is the most ridiculous, “The three-day diet will boost your metabolism.” The truth: At minimum, the estimated recommended daily intake (RDI) amount of calories for women is 1,400– 1,800 and 2,400–3,000 for men depending on activity level. A diet which promotes 800–1,000 calories borders malnutrition. Eating so few calories a day, your body will eventually adjust to the low number and fat loss will stop.
There you have it. Let’s stick to real hard work and commitment, and refrain from fad diets that do not promote long-term results or heath.