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3 Day Cardiac Diet

The 3 day cardiac diet was developed at the Cleveland Clinic as a very low calorie diet and quick weight loss program intended to help cardiac patients lose weight rapidly. Hence the name 3 day cardiac diet. The primary use of the 3 day cardiac diet is to achieve rapid and short-term weight loss as well as reduce the risk of heart disease. The 3 day cardiac diet works to lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

The 3 day cardiac diet should be adhered to strictly with no changes, additions or substitutions. The following shows in precise measurements how the 3 day cardiac diet should be followed.

Day One

Breakfast: Black coffee, water, or tea; half of a grapefruit or pink grapefruit juice; and one slice of toast with 1 or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter

Lunch: Black coffee, water, or tea; 1/2 cup of water-packed tuna; and one slice of dry toast

Dinner: Black coffee, water, or tea; 3 oz lean meat; 1 cup green beans; 1 cup beets; 1 cup vanilla ice cream; and one small apple

Day Two

Breakfast: Black coffee, water, or tea; one egg, any style; one banana (some versions say 1/2 banana); and one slice of dry toast

Lunch: Black coffee, water, or tea; 1 cup of cottage cheese; and five saltine crackers

Dinner: Black coffee, water, or tea; two hot dogs; 1/2 cup carrots; 1 cup broccoli (or cabbage); one banana (some versions say 1/2 banana); and 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream

Day Three

Breakfast: Black coffee, water, or tea; five saltine crackers; one egg (or one slice cheddar cheese); and one 4-oz glass of apple juice

Lunch: Black coffee, water, or tea; one hard-boiled egg; one small apple; and one slice of dry toast

Dinner: Black coffee, water, or tea; 1 cup tuna, chicken, or turkey; 1 cup cauliflower or green beans; 1 cup beets; 1 cup cantaloupe or one small apple; and 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream

After you have completed the 3 day cardiac diet, you should eat a low calorie diet so you do not regain the weight you just lost on the 3 day cardiac diet. If you have additional weight to lose, you may resume the 3 day cardiac diet after taking a four day break.

Discuss It!

Veronica Ramos ·

can I drink tea for breakfast? Is the hot dogs with the buns?



Carol ·

does it make a difference whether it is a whole banana or 1/2 and on the 3rd day does it make a difference whether it is the tuna and can use chicken or turkey instead...it says just have to follow it exactly or it don't work...



Carol ·

on the last day it says 1 cup of cantalope or small apple...mine SAYS 1/2 banana and 1/2 cup cantalope...which one do i use...



Ron Gulette ·

There is another version of the diet that does have substitutions. It's still strict about the amounts you can eat, but frees up some of the things that make the diet difficult to bear. Works great, though!



Helen ·

Is it beetroot or silverbeet or doesn't it matter



jackie ·

is the fluid intake exactly as written or can i drink glasses of water throught the day?



Mike ·

Drink as much water as you want. the more the better. use water as an appetite suppressor.



Anita ·

Do you have to eat the two hot dogs? I just can't do that. Can you substitute for 3 ounces of lean meat?