To lead you in to the following article, I want to make a couple of things clear.  This is a “fad diet” and we here at Extremely-Fit do not endorse such things.  This is more of an educational, cautionary article to steer you in a  direction that we feel is better for your health and fitness needs.  Like always, you should consult a physician anytime that you wish to begin a new diet or exercise routine.

The American Heart Association 3 Day Diet is a cleansing program designed to remove toxins from the body.  At the same time, the diet purports to help participants lose up to ten pounds in just three days.

Despite its name, the American Heart Association has no direct affiliation with this diet plan, and it should be noted that the plan is not generally considered a healthy eating plan.

The so-called “3 Day Diet” has been around since 1985 and goes by several names.  However, lately it is the American Heart Association title that has garnered the most attention.  The American Heart Association 3 Day Diet has a rather rigid menu to follow.  The foods selected are meant to boost metabolism and burn fat quickly.  They are also reported to rid the body of toxins, build muscle, and provide dieters with increased energy.  Some of the top food choices included are rather surprising, though, and can be rather high in sodium, fat, and sugar.

The idea of the American heart Association 3 Day Diet is to follow strict meal plans based on the theory that certain foods, eaten in appropriate combination, will jump start a person’s metabolic rate.  The total number of calories to be eaten each day totals only around 1,000 to 1,200, and only three meals are permitted.  There is no space in the diet for snacks, and the largest meal of the day seems to be dinner.   A sample menu might include crackers with cheese for breakfast, canned tuna on toast for lunch, and vanilla ice cream and cabbage for dinner.  It also incorporates tea and coffee for a caffeine jolt meant to boost a person’s metabolism.

Ultimately, the misleading American Heart Association 3 Day Diet is not actually good for a person’s heart or other body systems.  It is just one of many “crash diets” that aim to help people shed pounds fast.  Still, it is a safer option than weight loss drugs and other fad trends and the plan can be used by those who are desperate to shed a few pounds before a major event.  However, the actual weight lost will likely be from water and will be nowhere near the ten pound estimate given.   Additionally, after the 3 day diet is over, weight gain may result as normal eating habits resume.  The diet should not be continued for any longer than three days, though, due to health concerns.