The 3 Hour Diet by Jorge Cruise is based on eating every three hours and not eating 3 hours before bed. Jorge says we can eat our favorite foods along with sweets and carbs but we have to eat them at specific times. According to Jorge, eating every three hours boosts our metabolism so we can burn the most fat. Cruise says that when we do not eat often, our body will go into 'starvation mode' which means it stops burning fat and conserves fat and calories.
A strict eating schedule of every three hours is supposed to reset our metabolism and maximize our fat burning potential all day long.
Jorge's rules about eating are
The diet is based on a 1450 calories per day intake. This consists of 3 meals at 400 calories, two snacks at 100 calories and a dessert at 50 calories.
The diet says that you should lose about 10 pounds in your first two weeks and continue to lose weight thereafter at a rate of about 2 pounds per week.
A typical eating schedule"
Cruise says that the diet will help you to reduce stress which means that your cortisol level will be lowered. According to Cruise, cortisol produces belly fat, so within the first two weeks, your waistline will reduce.
The diet claims to help you with both the physical aspects of weight loss along with the psychological aspects.
What you can and cannot eat
The diet suggests that you drink 8 glasses per day.
The diet allows you to eat your favorite foods, sweets, carbs, etc., as long as you adhere to the rules and caloric guidelines. No foods are off limits. This diet includes some 'junk' food, fast food, and processed foods. I think this is a great strategy, as long as it is not abused. You are not going to feel 'left out' or have cravings.
There is no added food cost. Your grocery bill should stay about the same.
Take a close look at this sample meal plan for a day:
3 Hour Diet Meal Plan
Breakfast: McDonalds Egg McMuffin, 1% milk & apple
Treat: 12 M&M’s
Why I ask you to look closely
Fast Food from McDonald! Packaged food from Lean Cuisine! A baked potato! M&Ms! I can visualize many experts seeing this diet as a joke, but here is what I see. I see a diet that allows you to eat and enjoy, I see a diet that better fits many people's lifestyle, I see a diet that requires less planning and preparation.
Sample Week 3 Hour Diet Menu:
Meals are a balance of protein, fats, and carbs. To help wit portion control, Cruise suggests that you imagine a water bottle cap for your sizing on salad dressings. He suggests that you keep your carb servings at the size of a Rubik's cube and for proteins, picture your portion size as a deck of cards.
There are recipes in the diet book and Cruise has also created a cookbook, The 3 Hour Diet Cookbook, for additional recipes.
Exercise is not included in the diet plan.
Can you customize this diet?
Yes. If you want vegan or vegetarian or low fat or gluten free, the diet allows you the flexibility to make those changes..
Other than an app which reminds you to eat every three hours and allows you to track how many meals you have eaten, there is no support. Support is always a good idea. It can keep you motivated and help you through the rough spots. Click here for our list of 22 online forums and communities.
You should lose weight. This is primarily due to restricting your caloric intake.
Eating every three hours is an easy option for many people.
The diet is a good healthy balanced diet even with the processed and fast food. A 1350 daily intake of calories is a good choice, because it is low enough to lose weight, yet high enough to make it doable for most folks. Although there may be no concrete evidence to confirm that eating often improves metabolism, I believe that it does. I also agree that we should all eat within an hour of rising. I am disappointed that exercise is only optional and would highly recommend adding it to this plan. I am giving the diet a thumbs up but it is a reluctant thumbs up due to no mandatory exercise. In addition, eating every three hours is probably not going to work for everyone due to their schedule.
My friends, I thank you for reading and wish you success on your weight loss journey.
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