3-day Cardiac Diet

NutriNeat Staff Dec 3, 2018
3-day cardiac diet is one of the most debated diet programs, that claims to help in quick weight loss in a healthy manner. Let's briefly discuss this diet plan...
A cardiac diet was basically created to help people with cardiac problems, to lose weight, thus preventing a cardiovascular disease. This 3-day cardiac diet is also known by different terms like, 3-day Birmingham Cardiac Diet, 3-day Navy Diet, Tuna Fish Diet, Florida 3-day Diet, Alabama 3-day Diet, Cleveland Clinic Diet, etc.
It was believed that this diet originated in a hospital in Alabama, called Birmingham. The hospital does not concur with this and does not claim any responsibility for designing this diet plan. This diet plan is criticized by health professionals, considering it unhealthy and poor alternative for long term weight loss. Let us discuss this diet plan.

3-day Cardiac Diet Plan - Pros and Cons

The 3-day cardiac diet is among the fad diets, that promise quick weight loss. As mentioned, this diet plan is said to be designed for patients who need to lose weight within a short period of time. The diet plan lists the food items that should be consumed for breakfast, lunch and dinner for three days.
The calorie intake on the first day is about 1035, 1020 on the second day and 1040 on the third. An intake of low calories, is actually the reason of weight loss. However, some argue that the weight lost during this diet is because of some chemical reactions caused in the body, due to the food.
Thus, it is clear that the calorie restriction for this diet plan is very high. This diet plan promises 10 pounds of weight loss within three days. It has been observed that it works in different ways for different people. There are no scientific evidence proving the effectiveness of this diet plan. Thus, it is necessary to know if this diet really works.
According to the promoters of this diet plan, the food items that are included in the diet plan boost up the metabolism. It is also considered that the diet plan helps in detoxifying the body.
The food items included in the diet menu, undergo certain chemical reactions, which help to reduce weight in a short period of time. After following this diet plan, one may surely lose weight, but 10 pounds of weight loss is not guaranteed.
Although a person may not lose the entire 10 pounds, loss of some weight will definitely be noticed. However, as this is a three-day diet, the person will tend to gain the lost weight back, once he starts eating normally.

Consumption of Fat

As per the U.S. department of agriculture, not more than 35 percent of fat should be present in a person's daily consumption of calories. Whereas, the saturated fat should not exceed 10 percent. Most of the food recommended in this diet are high in fat and saturated fat. 
The first and second day of this diet contributes 39 percent of fat and the third day contributes 36 percent. So, the total calories comprises 47 percent fat on the whole. The diet suggests a cup of ice-cream for all the three days and sausages (2 beef franks), which are high in calories.
Moreover, it deprives the body from essential nutrients like vitamins and minerals. Thus, losing weight within 3 days is not considered healthy, and it can pose various health problems. Weight loss should always be gradual and steady. Let us take a look at the actual weight loss program for this 3-day cardiac diet.

3-day Cardiac Diet Menu

The three day diet plan specifies what food to be consumed in three days, on a three-course-meal-per-day basis. The diet plan allows the consumption of salt and pepper to add taste to the food, but no other seasoning is advised.
It also allows the consumption of tea and coffee, as long as it is consumed without milk or any other dairy products (i.e - black tea, black coffee). Drinking at least 9 glasses of water is recommended. Here is the detailed plan for three days:

Day I

Breakfast
  • Black Coffee or Tea
  • Dry Toast (1 slice)
  • Peanut Butter (1 tablespoon)
Lunch
  • Tuna (Half cup)
  • Black Coffee or Tea
  • Dry Toast (1 slice) or 1 Oz. of Cheddar Cheese
Dinner
  • 1 Cup String Beans
  • 1 Apple (small)
  • 1 Cup Carrots or Beets
  • 3 Oz. any Lean Meat
  • 1 Cup Vanilla Ice Cream

Day II

Breakfast
  • Black Coffee or Tea
  • Dry Toast (1 slice)
  • Half Banana
  • 1 Egg
Lunch
  • Saltine Crackers (5)
  • Black Coffee or Tea
  • 1 Cup of Cottage Cheese or 1/2 Cup of Tuna
Dinner
  • 1 Cup Cabbage or Broccoli
  • Half Banana
  • 1/2 Cup Carrots or Turnip Greens
  • 2 Beef Franks
  • 1 Cup Vanilla Ice Cream

Day III

Breakfast
  • Black Coffee or Tea
  • 1 Apple (small)
  • Saltine Crackers (5)
  • 1 ounce Cheddar Cheese
Lunch
  • Black Coffee or Tea
  • Dry Toast (1 slice)
  • 1 Boiled Egg
Dinner
  • 1 Cup Beans or Cauliflower
  • 1 Cup Melon
  • 1/2 Cup Tuna
  • 1 Cup Vanilla Ice Cream
Just like every other fad diet, 3-day cardiac diet plan has been surrounded by controversies. It is finally the choice of an individual whether he/she wants to rely on quick weight loss or on some healthy weight loss plan, that includes both diet and exercise.
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