Pre-Christmas Diet?

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Pre-Christmas Diet?


"O! he hath kept an evil diet long, And over-much consum'd his royal person" - William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English playwright The Tragedy of King Richard III, Act 1. Sc 1 (1591)MANILA, Philippines - In 1985, the 3-Day Diet was a fad. It relied on a supposedly "unique metabolic reaction" that occurred when the specific elements of the diet were combined. It had to be followed strictly or the desired result would not be seen. Twenty-three years later, it can still be accessed on the Internet and appears not to have been totally abandoned.It's just too good to be true. But maybe it works. On the other hand, it could be your most dangerous self-experiment. This is a diet with no author, no esteemed institution behind it, and worst of all - no supporting statistical data. Yet it continues to be Googled. It retains its "last-chance" appeal to dieters scrambling to look their best for some event (maybe a wedding or a reunion, or in this time of the year, the holidays).The 3-Day Diet. Well, I saved you the trouble of downloading it. Here it is, unadorned. The main instruction is that it must be followed to the letter - no substitutions, no over or under portions.Day 1BreakfastBlack coffee or tea, with 1-2 packets Sweet & Low or Equal1/2 grapefruit or juice1 piece toast with 1 tablespoon peanut butterLunch1/2 cup tuna1 piece toastBlack coffee or tea, with 1-2 packets Sweet & Low or EqualDinner3 ounces any lean meat or chicken1 cup green beans1 cup carrots1 apple1 cup regular vanilla ice creamDay 2BreakfastBlack coffee or tea, with 1-2 packets Sweet & Low or Equal1 egg1/2 banana1 piece toastLunch1 cup cottage cheese or tuna8 regular saltine crackersDinner2 beef franks1 cup broccoli or cabbage1/2 cup carrots1/2 banana1/2 cup regular vanilla ice creamDay 3BreakfastBlack coffee or tea, with 1-2 packets Sweet & Low or Equal5 regular saltine crackers1 ounce cheddar cheese1 appleLunchBlack coffee or tea, with 1-2 packets Sweet & Low or Equal1 boiled egg1 piece toastDinner1 cup tuna1 cup carrots1 cup cauliflower1 cup melon1/2 cup regular vanilla ice creamIn addition to its strict daily food prescription, dieters drink 4 cups of water or noncaloric drinks daily. …

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