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The 3-day diet – weight loss miracle or major fad?

Feb 14th 2014 at 8:51 PM

What do we do when we see a diet that claims you can lose 10lbs in 3 days? We (raise our eyebrows), look into it of course.

The 3-day diet is one of the few diets that has stood the test of time and is still around now. However, just because something has been around the block a bit, it doesn’t negate that it’s any good.

Also known as The Military Diet, the 3-day diet is unsurprisingly pretty hardcore. It states that you must follow an incredibly strict plan of under 1000 calories for 3 consecutive days at a time, with a 4-5 day break.

Now you could say this sounds familiar. Another more recent diet that has exploded onto our health radar is the 5:2 diet, which advocates intermittent fasting for 2 days with 5 day breaks. http://www.workoutz.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1273&p=1439#p1439

So are the health benefits the same? Or is the 3-day diet just another fad? We looked into what this diet promises and asked the experts for their advice.

How it works:
By restricting your daily calorie count to under 1000 calories for 3 days straight, this diet claims that you kick-start your metabolism, burn fat and lose weight fast.

The thing to remember is that unlike the 5:2 diet, the 3-day diet has to be completed in 3 consecutive days. That means restricting your calorie count for quite a considerable time, unlike the 5:2 diet which says you can space out your ‘fasting’ days.

For these 3 days you follow a strict meal plan, which the diet advises you do not stray from at all to get optimum results.

Unusually there is no diet book, no group, or a website on this diet to explain exactly how following this plan actually works and boosts that metabolism. So let's find out

The 3-day diet meal plan:
One thing you have to know about the 3-day diet is that it won’t ‘work’ if you don’t stick to it exactly.

So that means following it to the letter, portion size is essential and the diet also recommends eating the food outlined, even if you do not feel hungry.

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