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RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
1/4/12 1:14 A

The problem is Day 4. All you would be doing is cutting your cycle down to 3 days from 1 month. You need to get through the 15 lbs, then try losing 4-8 per month. You need patience. If it isn't a lifestyle change, you will gain it back anyways, so how fast you lose it is meaningless. How long you keep it off is what is important.

AILEBBELIA SparkPoints: (13,410)
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1/3/12 7:23 P

It's really great that you decide against this plan.

But think about adding protein and fats to your breakfast.



TXSASSY76 Posts: 688
1/3/12 7:13 P

ANARIE ~ Thank you for the information. I will usually lose 15 pounds in the first month or so anyways... it's after the first 15 that I seem to hit a plateau. I'm not sure how or why I lose so much my first month of a healthier lifestyle... but that's about the point I get discouraged and end up "falling off the wagon". Part of my thinking (when she told me about her fruit diet) was that if I could lose 15lbs. or even 10 in a matter of a few days and then still lose as I normally would... maybe I wouldn't hit this plateau. But, overall... I think everyone who has commented on my post is right. The best way to do this is gradually... I'm sure I'll be much happier for it in the long run. I'm still undecided as to whether or not I'm going to try something similar to her "diet". I have decided against just the fruits and vegetables for 3 days... but was thinking of doing fruits and vegetables for breakfast, lunch, 2 snacks and then having a sensible dinner and a yogurt for 1 of my snacks. But... I doubt that would be a big change from what I'm doing now. I just don't want to hit a plateau in another couple of weeks or so.

ANARIE Posts: 12,485
1/3/12 6:42 P

Another trick is that people who say they've lost Xnumber of pounds in a few days VERY often take their starting weight the night before they're planning to start, after having a "last chance" high-fat, high-sodium meal or two. They "lose" the first 5-7 pounds the first morning when they go to the bathroom, just by emptying the undigested food and liquid. Then they take their "ending" weight in the morning, after having a whole night to let food and water work its way through. Most people weigh about 5 lbs less in the morning anyway. They might even weigh themselves dressed for the "before" weight and in their birthday suit for the "after." About 10 pounds of the apparent weight loss is probably just a matter of how and when they use the scale.

Honestly, two or three days of fruit and veggies probably isn't going to actually harm you long-term. The real danger is that it will be unpleasant, you'll feel tired and cranky and even a little sick, you might (pardon the TMI) get gassy, and you'll start to associate all those icky feelings with "healthy eating." Crash diets, even if they're not dangerous, can make you decide that dieting is just too hard and you don't want to do it.

Making more gradual changes, on the other hand, lets you start losing weight without really suffering. If you accept that the first 15 pounds will take two or three months, not days, you can lose them easily and you'll have a lot more physical and emotional energy to tackle the next 15.

Resist the temptation for a fast fix, focus on sustainable healthy changes, (and even try to have some fun trying new foods and activities!) and in three months, compare your results to your friend again. Chances are, you'll be in a comfortable groove, 10-20 pounds lighter and still losing steadily, and she'll be right back where she was before the 3-day diet.

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1/3/12 6:05 P

Not possible and more importantly- not healthy!

If you want to lose the weight and keep it off, simply eat clean (start by eating cleanER, then work your way up to mostly whole grains, veggies, fruits, lowfat dairy, lean proteins...) and exercise.

Don't fall into the diet mindset. People tend to lose all that weight then think they could go back to their old ways and maintain, but that doesn't work. It's better to make gradual lifestyle changes that will stick for the long term. If you hate eating peas, don't force them down just so you can fit into a smaller size. Not worth it! Find healthy things that you actually enjoy (SparkRecipes is an awesome resource). Same goes for working out - if you hate running, maybe try jump roping. If you hate jump roping, try aerobic dance. If you hate dancing, swim, pilates, walk, play a sport, use the elliptical, ride a bike.... it's about being happy, too!

Best of luck!

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
1/3/12 1:22 P

It's absolutely impossible to lose 15lbs of fat in 3 days.

The only way your body removes fat is by burning it for energy. There really isn't any other way, it doesn't just 'dump it' or anything. So to lose 15lbs of fat would require burning 52,500 more calories than required over the time frame. Since most people burn around 6,000 calories in 3 days, it's highly unlikely your friend lost "fat".

Water weight is common. And comes right back. However, these extreme drop diets also drastically reduce your muscle weight, which is an extremely bad thing if you want to lose fat. It makes it HARDER for you to lose fat in the future! The more muscle your body has, the more calories it burns just doing your day to day living. The less muscle, the less calories - so the lower you have to eat to maintain or lose.

Stay away from any 'kick start drop weight fast' diets. If you want a mental "kick start" make sure you get 8 glasses of water and absolutely no junk at all for the first 7 days. Bring moderation in after that.

MISTRUNNER Posts: 310
1/3/12 12:25 P

A draw back of these quick weight loss diets is that it is mostly water weight during that time. When ever i went on one I was always starving because I did not get the food I needed so as soon as I was off the diet I eat way too much

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,653
1/3/12 11:42 A

Any quick weight you lose while doing something like this is going to come right back as soon as you start eating normally again. Save yourself the trouble and just stick with a healthy diet and regular exercise to lose the weight slowly but keep it off for good.

Coach Jen

TXSASSY76 Posts: 688
1/3/12 11:34 A

I have a friend who "says" she did a Fruit & Vegetable diet for 3 days and lost 15lbs. Is this possible??

If anyone has ever done this, can you please tell me what your weight loss was? Did you keep it off or did it creep back up (assuming that you're maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine)? Also, are there any benefits or drawbacks to this?

I definitely need to lose WAY more than 10 or 15lbs... but would this be a beneficial jump start??

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