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American Heart Association 3 Day Diet - Does It Work?

written by: Rafael • edited by: Rhonda Callow • updated: 1/7/2011

Be aware of fad diets such as the American Heart Association 3 Day Diet which promises a 10-pound weight loss in three days. This diet is not actually endorsed by American Heart Association. It is unhealthy and should not be done beyond 3 days

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    Introduction

    The American Heart Association 3 Day Diet is a diet program that is intended to remove toxins from the body and lose ten pounds in three days. However, carrying the name American Heart Association is misleading because the said organization does not actually endorse this diet program.

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    Food Menu

    The so-called American Heart Association 3 Day Diet requires that one follows a strict menu made up of foods that increase metabolism and burn fats. It is intended to get rid of body toxins, build muscle and enhance energy. However, the foods included in the diet are found to be high in sodium, fat and sugar, which are considered unhealthy options.

    The American Heart Association does not recommend the said 3 Day Diet because it encourages poor food selection or unhealthy eating. As a matter of fact, most of the foods in the menu like dairy and processed meats are not good for the heart.

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    Diet Plan

    The 3 Day Diet limits the number of calorie intake to only 1,000 to 1,200 per day. Snacks between meals are not allowed. The largest meal is at dinnertime. Breakfast, for instance, often consists only of crackers and cheese, toast and tuna for lunch and vanilla ice cream and cabbage for dinner. Taking coffee and tea are also encouraged to enhance a person’s metabolism.

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    Chances of Long-Term Success

    The American Heart Association 3 Day Diet does not appear to be beneficial to the heart at all or to the body in general. This ‘fad diet’ or ‘crash diet’ is mainly intended to lose weight quickly which could have health repercussions. This could be effective though for short-term weight loss plans. Using this within three-days could help. But if one intends to attain a long-term weight loss, other healthier diet options should be considered.

    Also, the promised ten-pound loss in three days could be detrimental to the body. If one does lose ten pounds in 3 days then it would most likely be due to water. Therefore, it is most likely not permanent.

    American Heart Association wants to encourage people to incorporate healthy lifestyle changes and choose food well instead of following a quick weight loss plan that promises only temporary weight loss and might pose health risks.

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