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Two Myths About The 3 Day Diets

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The 3 day diet

We were doing a research about the 3 day diet plan and surprisingly found two myths about the three day diet associated with American Heart Association and the Cleveland Clinic that are not true.

The 3 day diet is not recommended by the American Heart Association

Let's see what the AHA has to say about the three day diet.

Phony American Heart Association Diet

AHA Recommendation
The public should be aware that there are diets that purport to be from the American Heart Association that are not. The true American Heart Association eating plan gives recommended daily servings from various food categories, not specific foods. It’s a nutritionally adequate eating plan that’s intended for a lifetime of use. It can help healthy people lose excess weight or maintain a proper body weight, but its goal is not quick weight loss. The menus provided in the American Heart Association No-Fad Diet book are also for healthy, sustainable weight loss over time.

A diet supposedly from our organization has been cited several times across the United States and in Australia.

The phony diet describes a three-day menu, supposedly prescribed by the American Heart Association or by the "Heart Association." It includes vanilla ice cream, hot dogs, eggs and cheddar cheese. The diet promises a 10-pound weight loss in three days.

The bogus diet has also been cited as the Spokane Heart Diet, the Cleveland Clinic Diet and the Miami Heart Institute Diet. The poorly typed and photocopied phony diet has also been offered by mail for $2 per copy.

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The phony diet is not from our organization. For years, we have recommended that Americans cut saturated fat and cholesterol by limiting egg yolks, whole-milk dairy products such as ice cream and cheddar cheese, and luncheon meats. From time to time other fad diets emphasizing other foods have been falsely attributed to the American Heart Association.

The Cleveland Clinic Three Day Diet: There is no such thing

Here is the reference from the Cleveland Clinic on the 3 day diet program.

Q: I've heard that Cleveland Clinic has a 3-day diet available for weight loss, cleansing, reducing cholesterol and increasing energy. Is this true?

A: Despite a few sites on the World Wide Web, there is no Cleveland Clinic Diet, nor a Cleveland Clinic grapefruit diet. It truly is folklore--started several years ago. We all wish that weight loss and other health benefits could occur with simply making three days worth of dietary change. But severely restricting your calories and including/excluding specific foods from the diet is not the way to long-term, sustained weight loss and health benefits.

The good news is that weight loss, improved heart health and increased vitality can be realized when proper diet and lifestyle changes occur over the long-term. In fact, the Cleveland Clinic supports a healthy heart-minded Mediterranean diet to achieve both a healthy body weight and healthy heart. The traditional Mediterranean dietary practices that we support include eating minimally processed, plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and unsaturated fats like olives, olive oil, nuts, and seeds. In the Mediterranean way of eating, high fatty cuts of meat and dairy are minimized, and omega-3 rich fish is encouraged.

Weight loss success and a healthy heart depend upon a well-balanced diet with a variety of healthy food choices that fits in with your tastes. And don't forget to monitor your portion sizes and include regular physical activity to help you achieve your goals.

For specific interventions that may help you achieve a healthy lifestyle, you may make an appointment with a Heart and Vascular Institute Preventive Cardiology dietitian, as well as obtain a full preventive evaluation by calling 800.223.2273, ext. 49353 or locally 216.445.9353.

Therefore, please from now on when you read about 3 day diet plans being associated with the Cleveland Clinic and the American Heart Association please know that there is no such thing or recommendation from these respected organizations.

This page is updated on March 22, 2013.