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Have you heard about the 3-day, 10-pound diet?Â It’s been around since the mid-1980s and much like an urban legend, everyone knows someone who knows someone who lost 10 pounds in 3 days following the diet.Â It’s been passed around more than a chain letter.
Does the 3-day, 10-pound diet work?Â Well, it will probably make you lose some weight – but probably not 10 pounds.Â Also, seeing as how it was created by unknown sources over 20 years ago, the daily menu seems hilariously outdated – as well as the recommendation to drink at least 4 glasses of water per day (experts now recommend at least 8 glasses).
Breakfast – Black coffee or tea with 1-2 packets Sweet & Low or Equal, 1/2 grapefruit or juice, 1 piece of toast with 1 tablespoon peanut butter
Lunch – 1/2 cup tuna, 1 piece of toast, black coffee or tea
Dinner – 3 ounces any lean meat or chicken, 1 cup green beans, 1 cup carrots, 1 apple, 1 cup regular vanilla ice cream
Breakfast – Black coffee or tea, 1 egg, 1/2 banana, 1 piece toast
Lunch – 1 cup cottage cheese or tuna, 8 regular saltine crackers
Dinner – 2 beef franks (hot dogs), 1 cup broccoli or cabbage, 1/2 cup carrots, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup regular vanilla ice cream
Breakfast – Black coffee or tea, 5 regular saltine crackers, 1 ounce cheddar cheese, 1 apple
Lunch – Black coffee or tea, 1 boiled egg, 1 piece toast
Dinner – 1 cup tuna, 1 cup carrots, 1 cup cauliflower, 1 cup melon, 1/2 cup regular vanilla ice cream
Well, there you have it, in all of its 1980s glory – from the Sweet & Low right down to the hot dogs and ice cream.
Whatever weight loss happens on the 3-day, 10-pound diet is going to be due to the extremely low number of calories you’re eating, as well as water loss (although how you’re supposed to lose water while eating salted tuna and hot dogs, no one can say).
While technically this diet could be repeated over and over again for weight loss (with 4-5 day breaks in between), it’s not recommended in any way. First of all, if you eat like this for any length of time, sure you’ll lose the weight – but you’re going to gain it right back as soon as you go back to your normal dietary habits.Â Secondly, it’s not a diverse diet – you’re going to get very, very tired of eating the same things all the time.Â And finally, nowhere in the diet plan that’s been passed down through the ages is there any mention of exercise.