Why the 'Heart Foundation Diet' is Useless

Published: 06th January 2010
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The so-called Heart Foundation Diet should never be used by anybody wishing to lose weight. This diet, also known as the 'Greenlane Diet' or the 'British Heart Foundation Diet', is a poor quality fad diet that has been circulating for many years. It is completely disowned by the British Heart Foundation. This diet plan has circulated in the form of a one page sheet that claims you can lose 10 pounds in 3 days. The Heart Foundation Diet has been popular in the UK and some other countries, but the creator of the diet is unknown.

Indeed, the Heart Foundation Diet is not only worse than useless, it is actually a harmful diet and will do nothing to help you lose weight. Here is a summary of Heart Foundation Diet, followed by commentary on its effectiveness.

The heart foundation diet is a three day diet program that claims to make you lose 10 pounds after three days. At day one, the suggested breakfast meal includes black coffee or tea, 1/2 grapefruit, a slice of dry toast, and 2 teaspoons of peanut butter. For lunch, the suggested foods are another cup of black coffee or tea, 4 ounces of tuna, and a slice of dry toast. For dinner, the recommended foods are two slices of any cold meat, 1 cup of string beans, 4 ounces of beets, 1 small apple, 4 ounces of vanilla ice cream, and water.

During the second day breakfast consists of black tea or coffee, 1 boiled or poached egg, a slice of dry toast, and half a banana. For lunch, the meal consists of 4 ounces of cottage cheese and five crackers. For dinner, the foods include 3 ounces of broccoli, 2 ounces of carrots, 1/2 banana, 2 hot dogs, and 4 ounces of vanilla ice cream.

On day three, breakfast consist of black coffee or tea, 5 dry crackers, a slice of cheddar cheese, and one apple. For lunch, the meal plan includes a hardboiled egg and a slice of dry toast. For dinner, the foods include 4 ounces of tuna, 4 ounces of cauliflower, 4 ounces of beets, 1/2 melon, and for dessert, you guessed it, 4 ounces of vanilla ice cream.

According to some so-called diet experts, The Heart Foundation Diet will result in losing ten pounds of body weight. When dieters follow this plan and see that they have indeed lost 10 pounds weight they think this is good, it really works! But unfortunately, the weight loss is illusory because it is virtually all based on a loss of body fluids. Biologically, it is impossible to lose ten pounds of excess body fat in three days, whatever you may do.

The Heart Foundation Diet is nothing more than a mediocre and temporary calorie-restricted diet which cannot be sustained for more than 2 or 3 days. As a consequence, as soon as you go back to your usual eating habits, you quickly regain the lost body fluids. Worse still, you are likely to put on extra weight as a result of the calorie restrictions.

When calories are severely restricted, the body's metabolism slows down so that it can conserve body fat (the body does this as a biological survival mechanism). When you go back to eating in your usual way, your metabolism will continue to stay slow for quite a while, thus making you end up with even more weight than you started out with.

A truly effective weight-loss program must not be based on any kind of calorie restrictions. Also, it must be enjoyable to eat and it must leave you feeling full and satisfied. Above all, such a diet must be truly nourishing, so that you get the full gamut of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients for good health.


Russell Eaton is the author of the highly acclaimed book "The Foolproof Diet, The Perfect Weight-Loss Plan That Works Every Time". Find out more now by going to http://www.the-foolproof-diet.com/heart-foundation-diet.php.

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