Also known as the "3 Day Diet," this plan is not affiliated with the prestigious medical clinic in Ohio. It is a plan that combines specific foods in order to create a desired reaction in your digestive system and boost your metabolism for calorie and fat burning. The plan must be followed precisely with exact portions of the 1000 calorie/day diet for the best "results." The Cleveland Clinic Diet does not mention or recommend exercise. The diet lasts for 3 days, then repeated after 2 days off the diet. The plan:
Breakfast: coffee or tea, 1/2 grapefruit or juice, 1 piece toast with 1 tablespoon peanut butter
Lunch: 1/2 cup tuna, 1 piece toast, coffee or tea
Dinner: 3 oz. lean meat or chicken, 1 cup green beans, 1 cup carrots, 1 apple, 1 cup vanilla ice cream
Breakfast: coffee or tea, 1 egg, 1/2 banana, 1 piece toast
Lunch: 1 cup cottage cheese or tuna, 8 regular saltine crackers
Dinner: 2 beef franks, 1 cup broccoli or cabbage, 1/2 cup carrots, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
Breakfast: coffee or tea, 5 saltine crackers, 1 oz. cheddar cheese, 1 apple
Lunch: coffee or tea, 1 boiled egg, 1 piece toast
Dinner: 1 cup tuna, 1 cup carrots, 1 cup cauliflower, 1 cup melon, 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
Let's use some common sense here: the Cleveland Clinic Diet sounds just like lots of super low calorie diets we've all been on before. This is simply a starvation diet and water loss scheme which is going to lead to temporary weight loss. It's pretty hard to imagine following this diet for more than a short period of time. And if it's not long-term and sustainable the weight almost always come back. What's the point in that? Plus you'll probably end up adding some additional weight.
The "Cleveland Clinic Diet" is no miracle. Realize, those who lose weight and keep it off almost always follow the same strategy: balanced nutrition with portion control, daily exercise and especially important, they find a long-term motivation to change their lifestyle. Find a basic food program or chose one of the inexpensive online programs for structure and support, add daily exercise and you have all the ingredients for success.