In 1985 the famed three day diet first came on the scene. It boasted creation of a ‘specific metabolic reaction’ to cause quick weight loss and the system to be cleansed. This reaction has never been validated or even attempted to be explained. The diet goes on for three days and then off for four or five with lots of specific and cryptic steps so that when it fails the dieter can be blamed for doing something wrong.
First day breakfast includes coffee (no sugar), one half a grapefruit, and a piece of toast with 1 Tbsp peanut butter. Lunch is a can of tuna, a piece of toast, and black coffee. For dinner it’s 3 ounces of chicken or lean meat, a cup of green beans, one cup of carrots, one apple, and one cup of regular vanilla ice cream. The other two days of the diet are relatively similar in meal quantity, though the specifics change, for example Day 2 recommends two beef franks for dinner in place of three ounces of lean meat. Supposedly it’s possible to lose as much as 10 pounds in only three days.
Hogwash is the answer. The question is what is a specific reaction to that claim? As stated the metabolic reaction has never been examined much less proven. Any weight loss would be mostly water loss due to a lack of carbs which help the body retain water. That could lead to dehydration.
Because of binge eating after such starvation and because most of the weight lost is from water, the weight will quickly return after the three days. Deprive the body of water for three day cycles enough times and a person could develop kidney damage, dehydration, or a host of other dangerous conditions.
If something sounds too good to be true it is. The 3 day diet sounds too good to be true.
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