The 3 Day Diet is a high-protein, low-carb, very-low-calorie diet found to be effective in the short-term treatment of obesity for adolescents with type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. The 3 Day Diet consists of about 100 grams of protein and less than 30 grams each of fat and carbohydrates per day, which delivers between 680 and 800 calories. That translates to approximately 13 ounces of lean meat and 3 cups of vegetables. Dieters also took in 8 cups of fluid and supplemental salt daily.

This is a “Caloric Diet”, which means you can eat the foods you like, but you have to count calories. Mean daily blood glucose levels were found to fall from 162 to 100 mg/dL within three days of beginning the diet and most dieters managed to discontinue all anti diabetic therapy.

3 day dietAfter voluntarily stopping the diet after an average of 60 days, participants’ average weight loss was 25 pounds (9.3 percent of total body weight). In fact, the average body weight was still significantly reduced two years later. This amounted to a 5.4 percent reduction, compared with a 3.7 percent increase in an age-matched control group.

After 3 days of dieting, you can eat your normal foods but do not overeat. After 4 days of normal eating, start back on the 3 day diet. There’s also 4 day, 5 day, etc., diets. The truth is of course, a diet is forever. Choose one you can live with. Although not part of the diet, exercise has many proven benefits, and is crucial to optimum health.

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