4 Day Diets
What can you eat or drink on a 4 day diet? The 4 day wonder diet was first popularized in the 1985 book by Margaret Danbroke, The 4 Day Wonder Diet. While each 4 day diet plan may suggest different foods, the 4 day diet plans are universally very low calorie. They do include protein, vegetables and fruit, but all in extremely small quantities. You will see weight loss while on a 4 day diet, but how much will vary from person to person. One person may lose as little as two or three pounds while another may drop seven to ten pounds.
If you are looking for ideas for a 4 day diet, you will find online sites that offer menu options. You can expect most of these diets to encourage limited carbohydrates, plenty of water, and really, very little food. Some may eliminate caffeine, while others allow coffee, tea and diet soda. Http://www.net4tv.com/VOICE/Cooking1.cfm?RecipeID=111 offers one 4 day diet option. This diet is not a 4 day fasting diet, so it may be a good choice if you need to lose a few pounds before a big event. The foods used are easily acceptable, and protein substitutions are an option, making it suitable for vegetarians. It is not, however, appropriate for long term weight loss.
Http://www.storesonline.com/site/786875/page/334597 is another option for dieters looking for a 4 day wonder diet. This menu appears to offer more vegetables and fruits; however, the lower protein level may lead some people to experience more hunger and find the diet somewhat harder to stick to, even for that short time.
You may also consider a 4 day fasting diet. Fasting diets have come into the media, with options like the Master Cleanse fast, often called the lemonade diet. In this diet, you eschew all food and instead drink water and a lemonade drink made with lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. This may be drank hot or cold, and they advocate maintaining the fast for ten days or even longer. A laxative tea is consumed in the evenings and salt water in the mornings to induce bowel movements. While the proponents of the Master Cleanse encourage it as a detoxifying option, it will produce weight loss. You should, however, be aware, that you typically will feel rather poorly when on a fasting diet, even just a 4 day fasting diet. More information about the Master Cleanse 4 day fasting diet can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_Cleanse/.
Is a 4 Day Diet Safe?
First and foremost, it should be said that crash dieting is not healthy. It will not lead to long term weight loss. The majority of weight loss on a 4 day diet is water weight, and you may find that the weight loss will be quickly regained unless you change your eating habits. That said, many of us may find ourselves hoping to lose a few pounds with not much time to do it in. Most 4 day diets are not nutritionally complete and do not meet typical guidelines for slow weight loss. Some people will find that any diet produces weight loss in the first week, and fairly significant loss, making crash dieting less essential.
Experts do have some suggestions for safe ways to drop a few pounds fast, without quite the strain of a 4 day wonder diet. Http://health.yahoo.com/weightloss-dietplan/
the-crash-diets-that-diet-doctors-do/prevention--24821.html offers some doctor’s own suggestions for losing weight quickly and safely. The doctor’s suggestions for quick weight loss do mesh with some basic components of the 4 day wonder diet. Bread, pasta and other carbohydrates are limited in their diet plans, and they avoid sugar. Lean protein and vegetables make up the majority of their foods while trying to lose weight quickly.
Should You Try a 4 Day Diet?
If you have to fit into that special dress, there is no real risk to trying a short term crash diet. Most experts agree that while these crash diets are not safe for longer periods, that there is no real harm to a few days of very limited calorie intake. Do keep in mind that you will find weight loss stalls dramatically if you continue this very low calorie intake on the 4 day diet for too long.
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