British Heart Foundation Diet

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

The British Heart Foundation Diet (also known as the Greenlane diet)
is a poor fad diet that has been circulating for many years. Please note that the British Heart Foundation has nothing to do with this diet whatsoever.

The diet has circulated in the form of a one page sheet that claims you can lose 10 pounds in 3 days. The diet has been popular in the UK – but its exact origins are unknown.

British Heart Foundation Diet Plan

This diet is not recommended


5 ‘snax’ biscuits (dry crackers)
1 slice of cheddar cheese
1 small apple
1 cup black tea/coffee/water


1 boiled egg
1 slice of dry toast
1 cup black tea/coffee/water


1 cup of tuna
1 cup of beetroot
1 cup of cauliflower
1/2 melon
1/2 cup of diet vanilla ice-cream
1 cup black tea/coffee/water

Foods for Heart Health

The British Heart Foundation diet is a very low calorie diet (approx. 700 calories per day), and is often only used for a few days. It is unsustainable. The meal plan should not be undertaken for any length of time without medical supervision.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
  • John Mac

    I’ve tried the diet, to try to lose 6-10lbs??,
    Followed exactly the diet,

    Lost 0lbs, nothing at all.

    After going through the 5 days.

  • anela

    great diet did it b4 lost 9lbs love it xx

  • CK

    Just started the diet today, hope I stick with it and see good results. I am aiming to loose 50 lbs. I don’t mind loosing just 5lbs a week for the first month. Thereafter 3lbs a week for healthy weight loss.


  • donna

    please be careful with this diet…i got addicted to doing it 10 years ago and i did it 3 days on and only one day off..yes the weight came off and i lost 50lbs and felt fantastic in about 8 weeks..i stuck with this diet for months but when i started to introduce normal foods back into my diet, losing weight so rapidly had caused my gall bladder to not tolerate any fatty foods at all and i had to have it out , the operation went wrong and i almost died!! there are easier ways to lose weight and much more healthy!

  • Natasha

    I’m on day 1.. I’ve mixed it up. I’ve started in grapefruit. It’s really not a lot to eat. I’m going to stick to it. I get up at 3am then bed at 9pm. I’m hungry already!!!!! :/ anyone else doing it?

    • Natasha

      Had anyone else found day 1 hard ?!

  • Karen

    I’m in South Africa, can anyone tell me what snax biscuits are.

    • felicity

      tuc crackers

    • Teresa

      Hi Karen
      Salt crackers are TUC biscuits or RITZ (don’t know this one)

    • cupcake

      there plain crackers, like jacobs cream crackers

    • ted

      They are like Ritz crackers. Do you have that brand there?

  • amber T

    found it :)

    The Kaiser 3 day diet provides a menu that must be followed to the letter to get results, but you do get to eat real food. The plan claims that the Kaiser 3 day diet causes a chemical breakdown in your system, which results in rapid weight loss. Although it would soon get rather boring if you only ate the three days of food in permanent repetition, one assumes that even if the first hit of weight loss was 10 pounds, it would be incredibly difficult to sustain this level of loss.

    However, there are those who claim the Kaiser 3 day diet has worked for them, and it does contain a range of fruit and vegetables. It is not too bad in terms of food grouping, but whether it provides you with enough food and energy to successfully live on is another matter.

    The Kaiser 3 day diet provides the following meal plan:

    Day 1

    * Breakfast: 1/2 grapefruit, 2 tbsp peanut butter, 1 slice toast

    * Lunch: 1/2 cup tuna, 1 slice toast, coffee/tea

    * Dinner: 3 oz meat, 1 cup green beans, 1 cup beets, 1 small apple, 1 cup vanilla ice cream

    Day 2

    * Breakfast: 1/2 banana, 1 egg, 1 slice toast

    * Lunch: 1 cup cottage cheese, 5 saltine crackers

    * Dinner: 2 hot dogs, 1 cup broccoli, 1/2 cup carrots, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream

    Day 3

    * Breakfast: 1 hardboiled egg, 1 slice toast

    * Lunch: 1 oz cheddar cheese, 5 saltine crackers, 1 small apple

    * Dinner: 1 cup tuna, 1 cup beets, 1 cup cauliflower, 1/2 cantaloupe, 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream

    In order for you to succeed on the Kaiser 3 day diet, you must follow the plan to the letter. The Kaiser 3 day diet does not allow substitutions or changes.

    • Lynn

      What is a Cantaloupe ..Starting this Thursday . Please help

    • Nicole

      Do u know anything that can substitute tuna or cottage cheese, those two foods make me sick if i eat them!
      And on the 2nd day, for dinner it says meat, what type of meat and how much?

    • Dalene Els

      This works really I tried it and it somehow became a lifestyle, I use this fron Tue to Thurs and leave me to eat “normal” at weekends. I lost from 104kg to 54kg in six months

    • ted

      This is just the three day diet found on this site. Nothing magical about the foods, it’s all about calorie restriction.

  • amber T

    as i recall it was called Kaiser diet 3 days yes i remember it in the 80s
    i lost 10 lbs i did it monthly lol for it came back on by end of month. but it did work. hmm i’m looking for that now ahah as 20 years later i still needed it;

  • Ciara

    Anyone else on day one?

    • Natasha

      I’m on day 1. How did you find it?

    • michel

      im going to start this diet again in the nxt couple of days-im shocked that i was still able to find this diet,as i remember it from about 10years ago,where it did the’rounds at work,&everybody was on it!
      But does anyone remembr peanut butter on this diet..i vaguely remember it being on the breakfast bit.,instead of the cheddar cheese? not that it makes a huge difference thou,i’l probably still be ravenous anyhow!

      • Di W

        Yes, I remember peanut butter & also frankfurters?? Thought it was a different diet each of the 3 days?

  • hazel

    Hi, I too have done this diet many times and it does work and im only 9 stone, its a quick fix for hollidays and when ive had a bad week of junk so it keeps my weight down but most of the time i stick to a low fat diet with slimming world so when i do this diet because im 9 stone the most ive lost is 3lb which doesnt sound a lot but if i do that every week it soon builds up. if you look up bhf diet there is more variety on other web sites with cold meats and full 3 day menu. beware of the headache that you get, i get it within a day i think its through not drinking enough water you are suppose to drink with this diet at least 2 liters of water, and the diet i have is 4oz of tuna, 4oz of veg, 4oz icecream, so it seems to be based on 4oz of stuff. its not wise to lose above 6lb for a last min holliday its only gona go back on as quick, do it over the month leading up to it.

  • joanne potter

    i tryed 3 day diet stuck to it , 4 day weighed myself only lost a pound , so wasnt happy , can any one advise me where i went wrong please :(

  • j.b

    Can u drink water all day or only what is stated 3 cups??

  • Francesca

    Alannah, i think there would be a daily allowance of one of the average (small) sized bottles, thats what i was told with the cambridge diet so i shouldnt think it would be any different :)

  • theresa

    I’m not that fat but want to lose weight. My stamic is fat though so will I lose weight in my stamic when I do this diet

    • Charlotte

      Stamic? I assume you are a child and as such should NOT follow any diet as stupid as this one! Just cut out fat rich foods, get lots of fresh fruit and veg (particularly raw where possible), don’t eat high carb foods 3 hours before you go to bed and do at least 30 mins of exercise a day. You don’t need these fad diets to lose weight. It is more important to be healthy.

  • amy

    im confused do you just do this meal plan 3 days in a row as all other sites with birtish heart foundation diet on it has 3 different meal plans and this is the 3rd day? please help

    • Claire

      i would like to know the same, i want to start this on monday, do you just eat the above same each day.

  • alannah

    I know it does not,say diet coke but I have a but of an addiction could I not slot a couple in or would this mess it up ? X

  • Belinda

    I did this diet last week and lost 5 lbs, I did calarie controlled for the 4 days following so that was in one week :-)
    Great kick start I think

  • sarah

    does this diet work? im desperate to lose weight and this seems to be the only one i havnt tried

    • anela

      hi I did this diet and lost 9lb in te 3 days fantastic drank penty of water in between yeyyyyyyyy ten fruit vege for the remaining wek x

    • helmut

      hi have done this diet many, many times and lost up to ten pounds
      (honest). you have to be careful after, so that you do not put all on again to quickly. i do this diet someting like :
      3- day diet followed by 10 days of normal (in moderation) eating and repeat this one after the next tree to four times so that after six weeks i ‘ve lost appr. 25 to 28 pounds. after that in general i eat normal for next 6 to 7 month.
      take out what you will of this as a guide:
      i am on average 17st 8pds before the diet
      i am on average 15st 10pds after the diet and than eat generously for the next 6 month.
      one more thing. my on the other hand is just on the 9 stone ? mark and never looses as much as i do.
      so, good luck !

  • natalie

    My first day on the diet goin well, lost nearly a stone and a half at weight watchers but then came to a stand still and startin puttin on , I’ve put 6 and a half pounds bk on and its harderd for me to lose wieight as I have polysistic ovarie and gained 4and a half stone to due to it so I got told about this diet and I’m so lookin forward to my way in next week to see the results… Well I hope it works! a friend told me that she does it now and again and is brilliant.. So I’ll b bk on with the resluts on wed to prove it works!! Hope it does as its my last option

  • Abbie

    What can I have instead of beetroot? I cant stand eating it at all!!
    or will it not work if i dont eat it?

  • Roimata McCann

    yes this diet does work if you stick to it, and exercise is an added plus, i and my bestfriend who was a big woman lost an immense amount of weight, she went from 18 stone and dropped to 11 stone in a month, i went from 11 stone to 9 stone without exercising in that month, i helped my friend on this diet as she had always been an overweight person from a young age, she had managed to keep this weight off for 5yrs admittedly she has gained weight but only a few kilos,i use this diet when ever i go off track, which isn;t much, but i know it works, but you must have someone do to this diet with whom is also overweight, as you need the moral support.
    Goodluck to those that are thinking of losing the weight, it really does work and no substituting any foods, just follow it like it says.

  • Katherine

    Just started this diet today with my mom! just had 5 tuk biscuits, a slice of cheese and a apple! hope this works, need our bikni bods for the summer! Haha

    • michelle taylor

      Hi, i saw your comment to say you recently started this diet, i was interested to know if it actually works?

  • levi

    Just started this diet , my first day today , my prom is in a mounth from now I hope this actually work and for breakfast I’m having 3 jacobs crackers and half a slice of chedder cheese


    First day complete easier than I remembered got so much weight to loose after stopping smoking in dec and nothing else has worked!

  • jordan

    lost 3 stone 5 lbs i was on this diet for 10 days what a difference it made and im only 15 i weighed 11 stone now weigh 7.5 i feel freeeee

    • kate

      oh my god that is amazing!!
      you lost over 3 stone in 10 days?
      im 17 and 11 stone 2 pounds

      i really hope this works for me aswell

    • levi

      Did you exersice aswell ? , and do you eat all of thre things it says?

  • mary

    Does anyone know if you can you have green tea on this diet ?
    also fresh lemon juice with hot water in mornings ?

  • Inge

    You should only do it for 3 days, and then stop, try eating healthy for the next 4 days and then start again. I have done this how many times and it works. Bit overweight now, so had to come get it again. The ice cream is a bonus as I get cravings when I diet.

  • bexy

    I’ve been on this diet for 9 days now and i havent lost anything, I am already of a healthy weight however I was wanting to loose weight for a holiday, has it not worked because i’m not already over weight?

  • Deb

    I would like to know how Elsie got on when she started this on the 27/3 as I am thinking of going on the plan

  • rebecca

    Do you choose one item from the lists or do you have all of it??

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