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Bad Things About the Three Day Diet

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Shelley Moore is a journalist and award-winning short-story writer. She specializes in writing about personal development, health, careers and personal finance. Moore has been published in "Family Circle" magazine and the "Milwaukee Sentinel" newspaper, along with numerous other national and regional magazines, daily and weekly newspapers and corporate publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in psychology.
Bad Things About the Three Day Diet
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The three-day diet has a strict menu plan including fruit, vegetables, bread, eggs, ice cream, meat and coffee or tea. Although it has some variety, calories are very restricted at under 1,000 per day. After following the diet for three days, you're advised to spend four to five days doing normal eating before repeating the three-day diet. Proponents of this diet claim you can lose up to 10 lbs. during the three days.

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Water Weight Loss

Although people may lose weight on the three-day diet, most of this weight loss is due to fluid loss associated with very low-calorie diets, as noted by Diet Fads. This means that although you may lose weight, you're not losing fat. Additionally, the weight typically comes back on after the dieter returns to regular eating.

Restrictive Menu

People doing the three-day diet must follow the menu exactly or it won't work, as noted by the diet's directions. If you undertake this diet, you can't skip any of the components, whether you like them or not. Nevertheless, different websites offer some substitution suggestions, indicating that many people have trouble following the original three-day diet menu.

No Lifestyle Plan

The three-day diet does not provide any long-term plan for healthy eating. Without a plan, it's easy for people to return to previous unhealthy eating habits. Additionally, it's very tempting to overeat after a very low-calorie diet. Diet Fads notes that the three-day diet does not address the importance of exercise, another reason weight tends to come back on in a short period of time.

Experts Advise Against It

The three-day diet is often attributed to the Cleveland Clinic, although the Cleveland Clinic denies any association with this diet. The Clinic explains that severely restricting calories while including specific foods and excluding most other foods is not a healthy diet technique. The Cleveland Clinic recommends a well-balanced long-term diet with healthy food choices, along with regular exercise.

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