Greenlane Diet

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

The Greenlane diet (also known as the British Heart Foundation 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 it’s exact origins are unknown.

Interestingly, the diet bears a striking resemblance to the Scarsdale diet – also written in the 1970s.

Greenlane Diet Plan

The Greenlane diet is a very low calorie diet – a typical day’s eating culminates in only 700 calories. This is a crash diet – a sudden and severe reduction in calories that results in primarily fluid loss. The diet should never be undertaken for more than 3 days, any longer and your body will immediately slow down metabolism and place you on target for yo-yo dieting (and subsequent weight gain).

The Greenlane Hospital diet contains a small selection of foods; Dry toast, fruit, tuna, ‘snax’ biscuits. Snax biscuits are a cracker made by the food brand Griffins in New Zealand indicating that this diet may have originated from this part of the world (which does have a Greenlane hospital in Auckland). However this cannot be verified.

Sample Meal Plan

This diet is not recommended

Breakfast

5 ‘snax’ biscuits (dry crackers)
1 slice of cheddar cheese
1 small apple

Lunch

1 boiled egg
1 slice of dry toast

Dinner

1 cup of tuna
1 cup of beetroot
1 cup of cauliflower
1/2 melon
1/2 cup of diet vanilla ice-cream

Drinks

Black coffee/tea/water

Look here for other low calorie meal ideas.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
Last Reviewed: September 3, 2013. Disclaimer
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