British Heart Foundation Diet

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

The British Heart Foundation Dietis 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 very low in calories and not recommended

Breakfast

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

Lunch

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

Dinner

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

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.

Very low calorie diets like The British Heart Foundation Diet do not lead to lasting weight loss and can be dangerous due to the low calories recommended. Any weight loss will likely rebound when normal eating is resumed.

Instead we recommend that dieters look for weight loss plans that encourage slow and steady weight loss, while emphasizing nutritious foods that fuel the body with the nutrients in needs and that promote overall good health.

The British Heart Foundation diet does not meet these guidelines.

    References:

  • Wadden, T. A., STUNKARD, A. J., & BROWNELL, K. D. (1983). Very low calorie diets: their efficacy, safety, and future. Annals of internal medicine, 99(5), 675-684. link
  • Saris, W. H. (2001). Very‐Low‐Calorie Diets and Sustained Weight Loss. Obesity Research, 9(S11), 295S-301S. link
  • Roberts, D. C. (2001). Quick weight loss: sorting fad from fact. Medical journal of Australia, 175(11/12), 637-640. link
 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
Last Reviewed: December 23, 2014. Disclaimer

343 Comments

  1. val

    i did this diet for 3 days a week for a month and lost 14lbs

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  2. julie-ann

    hi all im starting the 3 day diet tomorrow looking forward to it see how i get on!
    Elsa you do the diet every week they say its best to do it on a mon a tues and wed
    Angela they say tuc crackers or ritz

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  3. Stephanie

    The first time I lost 4lb in three days. One week later I tried it again and lost 3lb. Think it would work better the heavier you are. Breakfasts and lunches ok but dinner is hard because of mix of ingredients.

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  4. chelsea

    how long would anybody who has already used this diet recommend you stay on it for? im hoping to lose a stone as quickly as possible 🙂

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  5. Becky

    Does anyone know a substitute for tuna in this diet? I’m a vegetarian but I really want to do this.

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  6. karin

    Hi there, would like to know if someone has a diet that works? Ive been on low gi now for a week or so and you can c the difference but i would like to know if there is someone out there who can help

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  7. Liz

    I have done this diet and lost 8lbs in 3 days.
    You must drink at least 5 x 8oz glasses of water throughout the day, every day of the diet, and if not drinking the black tea or coffee replace with water.
    Day 1
    B/fast
    1/2 of Grapefruit
    1 slice of toast with 2tsp of peanut butter spread
    Cup of black tea or coffee

    Lunch
    Slice of dry toast
    4 oz Tuna
    Cup of black tea or coffee

    (dont forget to drink glasses of water)

    Dinner
    2 slices of cold meat
    Cup of grean beans
    4oz beetroot
    glass of water

    small apple
    4 oz vanilla ice cream

    DAY 2
    B/fast
    1 egg poached or boiled
    Slice of dry toast
    1/2 a banana
    cup of black tea or coffee

    lunch
    4 oz cottage cheese
    5 Ritz (Saltine) or Tuc Crackers
    cup of black tea etc.

    Dinner
    2 Hot dog sausages
    4 oz brocilli
    2 oz carrots
    glass of water
    1/2 banana
    4 oz ice cream

    DAY 3
    B/fast
    5 Tuc crackers
    slice of cheese
    black tea or coffee

    Slice of dry toast
    boiled egg
    Glass of water 8oz
    small apple

    Dinner
    4 oz Tuna
    4 oz Cauliflower
    4 oz Beetroot
    8oz water to drink
    1/2 melon
    4 oz ice cream
    DONT FORGET TO DRINK YOUR 5 x 8 oz glass of water per day.

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  8. Joan Williamson

    I have done this diet a few times and have lost between 7 and 10lbs each time. Do it for 3 days and have 2 days off – it’s a great way to lose those few lbs before your hols.

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  9. Leann

    The crackers they mean are tuc or ritz

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  10. Lerato

    How much fluids( water, coffe and tea) ca I take while on this diet.

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  11. Kim, Bath

    I am now approaching dinner on the second day – and I don’t seem to have lost anything so far, so hope that by persevering with Day 3 tomorrow that results will show! If not, will still carry on doing it until I have some weight loss. I am at the moment 11st. 3lbs and am 5ft.6 and walk 2 miles most days, but do not use a gym. Will see how things look on Saturday morning! Good luck to everyone!

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  12. Colette

    Does anyone know if you can substitute the cottage cheese & tuna for another egg or salmon maybe?

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  13. lisa

    I’m on my 2nd day….. not so hungry today but dreading lunch as I hate both cottage cheese and tuna….
    fingers crossed for at least 6lbs off….. can I do this 3 days every week or every other week? any suggestions?

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  14. Sarah

    Day 1

    Breakfast
    Black coffee or tea (sweet & Low or equal) or water
    1/2 Grapefruit or juice
    1 slice toast with 1 tbsp peanut butter

    Lunch
    1/2 cup tuna
    1 slice toast
    Black coffee or tea (sweet & Low or equal) or water

    Dinner
    3oz. any lean meat
    1 cup green beans
    1 cup carrots
    1 cup vanilla icecream
    1 medium apple
    Black coffee or tea (sweet & Low or equal) or water

    Day 2
    Breakfast
    Black coffee or tea (sweet & Low or equal) or water
    1 egg (any style)
    1 slice toast
    1 banana

    Lunch
    1 cup cottage cheese or tuna
    5 saltine crakers
    Black coffee or tea (sweet & Low or equal) or water

    Dinner
    2 beef franks or hot dogs
    1/2 cup carrots
    1 banana
    1 cup broccoli or cabbage
    1/2 cup vanilla icecream
    Black coffee or tea (sweet & Low or equal) or water

    Day 3
    Breakfast
    Black coffee or tea (sweet & Low or equal) or water
    5 regular saltine crackers
    1oz. (slice) chedder cheese
    1 apple

    Lunch
    1 hard boiled egg
    1 slice toast
    Black coffee or tea (sweet & Low or equal) or water

    Dinner
    1 cup tuna
    1 cup carrots
    1 cup cauliflower
    1 cup melon
    1/2 cup regular vanila icecream
    Black coffee or tea (sweet & Low or equal) or water

    Condiments Allowed
    a dash of salt and/or pepper
    cooking spray

    Substitutions
    Orange instead of Grapefruit
    Tuna instead of cottage cheese
    Frozen yoghurt instead of icecream
    Cauliflower instead of brocoli
    Toast instead of 5 crackers

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  15. Nicole

    http://www.everydiet.org/diet/3-day-diet
    Here is the 3 day diet, its on the same site.
    I have done this diet many times in the past 15 years or so when i just need to lose a few pounds. Yes it works, I would suggest doing it 3 days a week until you have lost the weight you need, make sure you drink water and also exercise to maximise the weight lose. Good luck.

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  16. Petra

    Help pls – does anybody have the full 3 day diet? I only seem to find 1 days worth.

    Did this diet 12 years ago and managed to shack off 2 stone. Also managed to keep it off for 2 years then went back to crazy eating habits. It is hard but worth it.

    Petra UK

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