The 3 hour diet calls for eating every 3 hours which will equate to 6 meals a day. This should include breakfast, a morning snack, lunch, an afternoon snack, dinner and a dessert. The 3 hour diet includes processed foods and fast food options. This diet theme focuses on eating at regular intervals with proper portion control to maintain the body’s metabolism. Every main meal should have moderate amounts of carbohydrates, more portions of protein and fewer amounts of fat.
The 3 hour diet does not rule any foods out completely, but encourages portion control. It includes eggs, chicken, fish, cheese, vegetables, potatoes, bread, turkey, bacon, mini chocolates, a piece of chocolate cake, milk, and fruits. The risk is potential overeating or failing to control portions. For instance, where a recommended morning snack may be 12 M&M’s, there’s a high chance for a dieter to pop in more–failing to resist temptation. This diet also calls for eating every 3 hours. This can be difficult for those who are constantly on the go or in a work situation that doesn’t allow regular opportunities to eat.
Foods to Avoid
To make this diet work effectively, there are some foods you should avoid. This is under the premise of keeping your portions, calories and saturated fats under control.
The following foods are of 100gm and more than 350 calories each:
- Chocolate and chocolate flavored foods
- Duck or goose organs like liver
- Ice cream
- Cheese and cheese cake
- Bread spreads (such as Peanut butter spread, Chocolate nut spread and honey mustard spread)
- Fried foods
- Sandwiches, including breakfast sandwiches
- Milk shakes
- Corn dogs
- Croissants and other Pastry Breads
- Nuts (more than 100 gms)
- Buttermilk based mixes and products
- Butter and other flavored popcorn
- Dips and condiments
- Potato chips and other fried snack items
- Fresh cream- double and clotted
- Donuts, fried breads and other simple bread carbs
- Lard, margarine and other fat and oil based products
- Meat Pies
- Pine kernels
- High Fat Salad Dressings
- Salami or other processed meats
- Combo salads (This includes salads loaded with meat, cheese, dressings and other non-veggie foods.)
- Jack Fruit
- Sweet Corn
- Large Banana’s
- Full Size Bagels
The object of the 3 Hour Diet is to speed up the metabolism which in turns helps your body to burn fat faster. The food selection is secondary because if your metabolism is working more efficiently, your body will not store fat. When you restrict your food consumption or let long periods of time go between meals and snacks, your body goes into survival mode. Survival mode makes your body believe it may not get its next meal, so all fat is stored instead of getting burned immediately.