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)

    Hiii sorry for the late post. after my 1st 3 days last week i lost 7 lb! which i was really pleased with!!I didnt feel hungry on the diet, knowing I was loosin weight each day helped with that too i think. I’m doin it again this week and am just finishing day 1, i will post again after day 3 and see if my second week was as sucessful! i hope so…fingers crossed :)

  • kelly

    starting this diet tomorrow. keep you updated

  • kelly

    Can you do this diet, even if you are not overweight?

  • Tanya (Ireland)

    Well,my partner lost 11Ib within the first wk,but i’d say thats because he goes to gmy 6times a week, i haven’t weighed myself but I feel a lot lighter,weighing mysely 2night.I go to gmy 4-5times a week. I will update u later

  • Linda (Wales)

    Now on my 15th day. Have followed the 3-day diet twice in the last 2 weeks and eaten very sensibly the rest of the time. No dramatic weight loss as I had expected but to date have lost 4lbs. Can’t understand how some people are recording dramatic results after only 3 days. I think they must be fibbing!!!!!!


    Hi started this diet and just finished 2nd day. Ive done it before and lost roughly 5lb doing it but didnt stick exactly to the plan, lack of will power then. This time im sticking exactly to the plan and so far at the end of day 2 i have lost 5lb so im very happy. I will leave a post thursday with final weight loss and if i loose more than 8lb i will be repeating it again next week :D

  • kellie

    i used to weigh 10 stone atfer i did this diet for a year i am now 5 stone! i did it on and off! i feel great! i love it! i never liked beetroot but you get use to it!! its only for 3 days a week! all my friends and family tryed it! i used to be a size 16 now im an 8!! woop woop go me!! (ps im 17 today!!!)

  • Linda & Brian

    Hi, i tried this diet years ago and it worked really well lost around 8 pounds. Now Hubby and I are going to try it again (too many cakes LOL). Hubby has a REALLY short attention span for dieting so i’m hoping he can cope with 3 WHOLE DAYS !! HA HA

  • Kathryn

    25th Sept 08 – Forgot to update. Lost 7lbs in total over the first three days.

    There’s no magical formula, the foods aren’t specific cos they “react together” it’s just very low cal. It worked for me even though I swapped lots of foods for ones I prefer and ate more than it says. So if you try it and start feeling unwell – eat more! :o)

  • Linda

    Did 3-day diet and ate sensibly for rest of week. After 7 days I had lost 3 lbs. Now on my 2nd week of the 3-day diet.

  • Kathryn

    23rd Sept 08 – Day 2 is done and I’m just rubbish at sticking to this! I expect it’s just too restrictive as I caved and ate a Kit Kat plus extra crackers. But seeing as I’ve weighed myself today I thought I’d still share my results:-
    Breakfast – 5 crackers (Jacobs square ones), apple, small chunk cheddar cheese
    Lunch – Boiled egg on dry slice wholemeal toast
    Afternoon Snack – More crackers and a 4 fingered Kit Kat, half a large satsuma
    Dinner – Just had half honeydew melon and pineapple yoghurt
    Drink-wise I’m having around 2.5-3 pints of water plus one decaf tea. I haven’t done any strenuous exercise yet, just a 20min walk to the shops and back each day plus 15 mins light dancing on day 1.
    This morning another 3lbs has gone.

  • Kathryn

    22nd Sept 08 – Have managed one day although it couldn’t go to plan because I needed to go shopping. I had:-

    Breakfast – Some M&Ms left over from the night before (oops)
    Lunch – Boiled egg on half a toasted muffin
    Dinner – One tin of mackerel, beetroot, honeydew melon, pineapple yoghurt

    This morning I’d lost 3lbs.

  • Kathryn

    21 Sept 08 – Going to give it a try. Currently 14st 13lbs

  • Tony

    I tried it for 3 days and lost 8lbs great stuff

  • Linda

    16 Sept 08. Starting this diet for the first time tomorrow. I like all the foods on offer so don’t think I will find it too difficult. Will report back on progress.

  • Julia

    A starvation diet that is carb heavy and everything else light. Heart disease on a plate.

  • Liam

    IT WORKS…….I find that doing the second and third day ( coz cant stomach the first day ) I still loose the same amount of weight as doing three days….TRY IT OUT!!!

  • louann

    not hungry on this diet but cant get rid of my craving for somthing sweet after my lunch.

  • Sar

    Does anyone know a vegetarian version of this? I do eat fish?

  • oz

    hi there can you start the diet on tuesday instead of monday?

  • sarah

    Do you have to have a BMI higher than 25 for this to work?

  • Jacks

    1st day today and its now the evening and I am starving!!! Have not had my apple yet so will munch on that soon – enjoyed the ice cream tonight! Weighed in a 10st 9ibs so will let you know how much I lost on Thursday (If i can keep to it!!

  • Shez

    Feel a bit hungry on day one, but coping. A friend lost 15 kilos, another 12 kilos. They look great. So hopefully I will too. I don’t do melon so I got strawberries instead. I’d like to lose 10 kilo.

  • Jackie

    Me and friends are going to be starting this at work on Monday – Will let people know the outcome. Thought that it doesnt look too bad as I like everything on it but I dont know how I am gonna cope without my milky tea with sugar on a Monday morning!!. Will update next Thursday

  • claire

    this never really worked for me before but i am 2 stone heavier now.will it work this time?

  • cheryl

    hey i have done this diet and it really dose work its the best diet i have ever done! top marks from me!

  • Rebecca

    Hey fellow dieter’s. Am currently 9st, 5oz and have just completed day 1 of the three day diet. Pleased to say I’m not hungry. My skinny jeans are eager in anticipation at the prospect of being worn! A question to those who have completed this diet before; will the weight stay off after completion and having returned to a sensible balanced diet? (Hope so!)

  • Bex

    Hey fellow 3 day dieters! I am 9st 5lb’s and am on day one of my three day diet. I have heard that this diet works on a chemical breakdown basis-doe’s this mean that I should eat each element in exact order? (ie; drink my black tea before eating my grapefruit and so on) Also, a question to those that have tried the diet; After the diet is complete and you resume a healthy balanced eating pattern, does the weight go back on you? If so, surely this diet is only shedding excess water rather than fat? I cant wait for day 3-my skinny jeans are winking at me in anticipation of good things!! Good luck every1! x

  • SM

    Can’t physically eat tuna without “Gipping”, has anyone ever substituted tuna for chicken with the same results in weight loss?

  • brian

    been on it once and lost six pounds plus .it does work well but you must have plenty of water.doing it again a week later knowing it works and the hunger pains are worth putting up with.going on holiday next week feeling much happier about myself.

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