By: Michelle Reich
By: Michelle Reich

We are constantly bombarded with different dieting options, and they all have one thing they all have in common: they ask you to change your eating habits at for “a low cost fee” and guarantee results. Our immediate thought is “Great! I can be super model thin and all its going to cost me is the price of food and a weekly fee!” But why, especially in this economy, would you pay all this money for something that, despite the guarantee, may not actually work. Why not find a diet that you can still eat out, eat the foods that you like, and be able to stay on it long term? Here are three diets, which do not require you to pay anything more than the foods that you choose to eat, and can be tailored to almost any individual’s lifestyle.

The 3 Hour Diet
This diet consists of eating small, portion-controlled meals every three hours. The concept is very basic and easy to follow, eat within the hour that you wake up, every three hours after that, and stop eating at least two hours before you go to bed. This diet is great for people who are able to eat every three hours. It becomes almost a chore to eat, and by spreading these small meals throughout the day, your metabolism rises and burns off more calories. These small meals should consist of whole grain, vegetables, fruits, and proteins that are either grilled or roasted to keep oils and fats out of them. You can keep up the weight loss while still getting all of the right nutrients, and even keeping some the foods in your diet that you crave most, as long as they are in moderation.

The Challenge: The 3 hour diet has to be followed as close to the hour as possible. Eating once after 2 hours or waiting 4 hours throws off raising your metabolism. Also, these “meals” that are being eaten every three hours are not full size meals. They should be between ¼ and ½ the size of a usual meal, since you are eating almost double the meals a day.

Calorie Counting
The calorie counting diet is one of my personal favorites. It’s easy, every time you eat something, write the calories down and keep a running count of your daily intake of calories. The following charts are how many calories that women (pink) and men (blue) should intake every day to just maintain their weight. If you are trying to lose weight, cut calories out of your daily intake. There are apps online that tell you how many calories are in foods at restaurants, so you can still eat out and live a social life.

The Challenge: This diet program does not tell you which foods to eat. Keep fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and non processed foods in your diet to keep your nutrients balanced and stay healthy. If you are trying to lose weight and are cutting calories, do not cut to where your calorie intake is less than 1,200 calories for females, 1,500 for males. Once you get under these amounts, your body enters into starvation mode, your metabolism slows down, and your body holds onto any calories.

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The Three Day Military Diet
So I found this diet recently and absolutely love it! The first week I did it I lost 4 pounds in three days! The second week I lost another 2! This diet tells you exactly what to eat and drink, so it takes all of the planning and uncertainty out of it. While it is extremely small amounts, it actually does work.

The Challenge: This diet only consists of eating small amounts for three days. This is great because after three days, you can go back to eating normal, but once you go back to eating normal, be careful! If you just go and pig out on all the fattening foods that you have been craving for three days, all of the weight that you have just lost will just come right back. So on the other 4 days a week that isn’t outlined, keep eating some of the foods that you love, but keep portions in mind as well as try to continue eating foods that are good for you.

CAUTION: If you have any heart conditions, irregular levels in your blood, or any other health issues, consult your doctor before beginning this diet

DAY 1: Breakfast: ½ Grapefruit, 1 slice toast, 2 tbs peanut butter, cup of coffee or tea Lunch:1/2 cup tuna, 1 slice toast, coffee or tea Dinner: 2 slices of any meat (about 3 oz), 1 cup green beans, ½ banana, 1 small apple, 1 cup vanilla ice cream

DAY 2: Breakfast: 1 egg, 1 slice toast, ½ banana Lunch: 1 cup cottage cheese (or 1 slice cheddar cheese), 1 hardboiled egg, 5 saltine crackers Dinner: 2 hotdogs(no bun), 1 cup broccoli, ½ cup of carrots, ½ banana, ½ cup of vanilla ice cream

DAY 3: Breakfast: 5 Saltine Crackers, 1 slice Cheddar cheese, 1 small apple Lunch: 1 hard boiled egg, 1 slice toast Dinner: 1 cup tuna, 1.2 banana, 1 cup vanilla ice cream

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