How to Lose Weight Fast With Ice Cream in Your Diet

Weight loss is successful if it is done little by little, without denying oneself too much at once. That being said, there are those dates and events when one just needs to lose a lot of weight fast. That is not the time to learn about the Atkins, South Beach, or Zone diet. Sometimes, you just don't have the time.

Here is a plan where you can eat ice cream and still lose 10 pounds in 3 days. The same plan will also allow you to lose 20 pounds in 10 days.

How did this diet happen? There are many speculations. Some claim it was invented by the Cleveland Hospital while some say it came from the American Heart Association.

I have read also about those who claimed they were put on this diet to meet the weight limit to join the marines. However, none of this really matters.

What you should know is that there is a plethora of obese, overweight people who have recorded that they lost weight, a few pounds, or even all their baby weight on this diet.

This also works as a healthy detox.

Stay Focused!

You need to remember that this is a diet that requires you to be strongly motivated. So, unless you are super determined because you want to fit in your dress for a party in a few days, or you just need a lower number on the scale, it will be hard.

Try this diet when there is an event that will push you to stay on it. Just repeat to yourself: It is only three days. There. One, two, three . . .

Curb Your Cravings

Another benefit of this quick diet is that it will jumpstart your long term diet plan — I have certainly experienced this firsthand, and it really does curb your cravings.

After those three or seven days, you'll notice that those carb or sugar cravings will have decreased. This will be very useful when you start a long-term diet. Think of this as a 3 - 7 day boot camp.

Getting Started

This is definitely a healthy diet. You can check the nutritional information of the foods yourself, and count the calories as well. It will not work in the same way if you are already losing weight. This is really just for starters. It is true that everyone loses faster in the beginning, but they just need the right plan.

I have tried this diet three times. The last time I did it, I actually cheated quite a bit, but I stayed within the structure. For example, I ate smoked salmon instead of the tuna, I doubled the portions at times, and my spoon of peanut butter might have been . . . well, let’s say you could not see the bottom of the spoon.

I still lost 6 pounds in three days from those actions. Sure, that is partially water weight, but as long as it does not come back, fat and water are all contained in my body weight.

If you are willing to do it for a whole week, I recommend that you begin on a Wednesday. You will see why below:

Let's Go! Day 1:


  • 1 grapefruit
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar-free peanut butter


  • ½ cup of tuna OR ½ cup of low-fat feta or cottage cheese OR ½ cup of sardines. No added oil
  • 2 slices of low calorie, low-carb bread (each slice being around 45 calories)


  • 5 ounces of lean protein — you can use spices, but no oil
  • 1 cup of green vegetables (string beans, spinach, and zucchinis are all good) steamed, grilled, raw, or sautéed
  • 1 cup of beets or carrots or celery
  • 1 small apple or pear (eat with the skin)
  • 1 cup of sugar-free vanilla ice cream (Do not worry about the calorie or the fat here, just make sure it is sugar-free)

Day 2! (One Left to Go)


  • 1 egg, cooked without oil
  • 2 slices of low calorie, low carb bread (each slice is around 45 calories)
  • Half a medium-sized banana


  • 1 cup of tuna OR 1 cup of low-fat feta or cottage cheese OR 1 cup of sardines. No added oil
  • 2 slices of low calorie, low carb bread (each slice is around 45 calories)


  • 5 ounces of lean protein, you can use spices but no oil
  • 2 cups of green vegetables (string beans, spinach, or zucchinis are good) steamed, grilled, raw, or sautéed
  • 1 cup of beets or carrots or celery
  • ½ of a banana
  • 1 cup of sugar-free vanilla ice cream

Day 3! (Almost There)


  • 4 Saltine Crackers
  • 1 slice of low fat cheddar, swiss, asiago, romano, or aged gouda cheese
  • 1 grapefruit


  • 1 egg, cooked without oil
  • 2 slices of low calorie, low carb bread (each slice is around 45 calories)


  • 1 cup of tuna OR 1 cup of low-fat feta or cottage cheese OR 1 cup of sardines. No added oil.
  • 1 cup of beets or carrots or celery
  • 1 cup of cauliflower or green vegetables
  • 1 apple
  • ½ cup of sugar-free vanilla ice cream


  • Do not use any ketchup or other condiments.
  • Do not use too much or too little salt. You can use as many spices as you like.
  • Using mint will curb your appetite.
  • Do not drink diet soda. You can drink sugar-free mixed drinks, such as Crystal Light punch, but if you drink one glass of Crystal Light, make sure to drink a glass of water. Your body processes water differently. This diet is a lot about flushing your system. So, keep the bad stuff out as much as possible even if it has no calories.
  • It is very important that you do not stay on this diet for more than ten days. If you will do it for ten days, you need to take 4 days off after the first three days, and eat normally, while targeting less than 2000 calories on those days, and do not eat sugar and white flour. Then you can do this for another three days.
  • Take a vitamin before you go to bed each night. (Taking it in the morning may increase your appetite.)

Sweet Success — More Tips and Rules

  • You can drink as much tea as you like, however watch the coffee, and do not use any creamer or milk. (Coffee can affect your blood sugar negatively, resulting in tiredness and you feeling less eager to carry on with the diet.) Drinking green tea will, in fact, help your weight loss.
  • Make sure to drink at least 10 cups of water. The warmer the water, the more it will help your goal. It is very important that you stay hydrated and that you preserve enough intake of salt, but not too much as it will bloat you, during this diet.
  • Sleep well on these days, and do light exercise like going for a long walk or bike or swim. Do not do cardio or aerobic exercises. Do not overexert yourself but do not sit on the bed and watch TV all day either.
  • If you do drink enough water and sleep enough, but you still get dizzy, headaches, cold sweats, palpitation, or an unwell feeling, just stop and eat. You should not feel this way, but everyone's metabolism is different and no short term goal is worth making yourself sick.
  • If you want to survive this diet as a means to jumpstart a long term diet and need to eat more, then increase the portions (not the content), and add a couple of 100-calorie sugar-free and low carb and low-fat snacks throughout the day — an ounce of cheese or almonds with a fruit is a great snack. You will not lose as much weight but will still stay on track and finish the three days which is more important when your goal is to jumpstart a long term plan.

Remember, be careful. Our bodies adapt easily and we have been coded to survive long periods of hunger. When the body feels threatened, it will switch to starvation mode — this is very detrimental to not only your health, but also the weight loss process.

Do not stay on this diet for more than three days at a time and do not eat less than what is listed unless you are very petite and your calorie intake is much lower than average.

Comments 194 comments

Neb Revoorg 2 months ago

This diet is amazing I love it, I have gotten to my goal weight. I was so close but propper exersise wasn't doing much this did it all. I'm already down 7 pounds day three.

Adrianne 4 months ago

@mirage erin I want to thank you for this post! I know its 5 years old, but good, useful content is GOOD and true no matter how old! Erin, I'd like your input and feedback.

I can personally attest that this diet WORKS IF YOU WORK IT! I made mild moderation for flavor and taste and are still losing! Today is 3rd day lunch time, so i've done this for 2 full days almost to a T- almost including drinking a MINIMUM of 74.4 OZ of water per day with 2 tbs apple cider vinegar with the mother (Bragg's) and I have lost 3.8 POUNDS in 2.5 days with extremely minimal exercise other than day to day. My work keeps me very sedentary.

I made this diet more bearable by adding more veggies and a few other moderation's and it's super doable.

Due to thyroid issues and extreme gluten sensitivity I use 1 slice of gluten free bread instead of 2 slices of low fat/low calorie bread. I top my slice with 1-2 large tomato slices and a small boiled egg, salt and pepper to taste- AWESOME. I add the 1/2 banana to the side along with 1/4 of my water goal and I am FULL and because its so flavorful and packed with protein and vitamins, my body hasn't really noticed the difference (I'm sure it will eventually lol).

Lunch is another fun meal but I noticed that 1 can of Albacore Tuna was more than enough for me, though I think the diet actually calls for 2 cans. Yesterday I ate 1 slice of my GF bread, topped with a can of Albacore Tuna packed in water, 2 thick slices of tomatoes and a 1/2 tsp of mustard salt and pepper for taste. I then added a 1/2 cup of cottage cheese (i dont use low fat or fat free because my calorie count is already pretty low and I need the additional fat calories to satiate flavor and fat cravings) I then add a chopped small sweet pear and a sprinkle of cinnamon- MMMM MMM MMM! Drink more water!

To help curve munchies I purchased green seeded grapes, strawberries and apples. When I feel super munchy I nibble (nibble NOT GORGE) on these which and drink more water which actually helps get me over the 2-3PM munchies.

Dinner is 5 OZ. chicken or fish broiled with lots of seasonings, 3 cups veggies (frozen french cut long green beans with seasonings) and 1/2 banana, water, water, water. By this time the water is pretty low and I can usually down the rest with ice cream!

The ice cream is an awesome touch to the end of the day and well deserved! I usually take a small sweet apple, top with cinnamon and let this sit in the fridge for a few hours. When ready to eat my treat I nuke the apple for 2 minutes so its really soft then drain. I then add it to a 1/2 cup of Tillamook Ice Cream Home made vanilla or French Vanilla. I dont use a full cup because its 50 more calories compared to sugar free.

Here are my questions:

1) Can we interchange meals from day to day. I am not a fan of grapefruit especially when its tart, bitter and not sweet. I'm sure the originating authors of this diet had their reasons, but its so bitter. Nor am I a fan of low sugar Peanut Butter. Can I just stick to the egg, bread and tomatoes? Or does the Grapefruit and Peanut Butter add some vital additional nutrient? Can we change out the grapefruit for 2 small oranges instead or is this too much sugar?

The same with the saltine cracker breakfast. I would have to use for gluten free crackers which is fine, but it just doesnt seem filling enough for me.

2) Sugar Free ice cream is packed with so many harmful ingredients it's just horrible. I did eat it the 1st night because I figured i'd suck it up for 10 days, but the aftertaste is intolerable for me and the ingredients in the long term are so harmful I just cant (though the serving size is awesome), do you think the Tillamook 1/2 cup is a fair substitute or can you advise another brand outside of the sugar free realm of ice creams?

Awesome diet, great article! Will be back tomorrow to report on day 3 progress!

Thanks again!


Jeanette 5 months ago

Can I substitute the ice cream for skinny popcorn?

Natalie 5 months ago

Is there a substitute for any of these?

1 cup of tuna OR 1 cup of low-fat feta or cottage cheese OR 1 cup of sardines. No added oil.

Sarah S 5 months ago

This is horrible advice, people!! Quit the diet merry go round. Quit the starvation!! Go vegan!!! Carb up! Eat as much as you want! Eat more do more! Carbs are life.

Helen 5 months ago


I never had results with this or similar diets either, for me because I naturally don't have a very big appetite so my body doesn't see this as a diet at all really. It's also a rather evenly portioned distribution of nutrients, which is good(!) but adds to the feeling that I am just eating normally and a bit more specifically.

If you have a similar problem trying something other than a meal plan type diet might be a better idea. Things like cayenne supplements, apple cider vinegar, probiotic tea/kombucha, etc. might be a better idea for you :)

Victoria 5 months ago

This diet. Doesn't work. I followed everything that it told me to do and I only lost 2 pounds. The best healthy that I've ever done was a salmon diet that a doctor recommend. You can lose 5 pounds. I'm sticking to that because this diet sucked & didn't even get to half the results it promised.

Susan L. Olson 5 months ago

I'm now 175 lbs, with a waist of 33 inches, and benching 225lbs. Your full body workouts are some of the best I've ever used. I'm also making much better food choices now based on your advice and staying away from the junk I used to have trouble with. Thanks for everything. Thanks Nina review :

Danari 6 months ago

First day here. Can't wait to see the results.

Rosee95 6 months ago

I'm so excited to see the end results! I just went grocery shopping and had my first meal. For only 3 days I probably spent less than $20 for everything I needed! Instead of peanut butter I had some organic almond butter at home, and I blended the grapefruit into a juice with ice and a little bit of water, no sugar added. My tummy is so far satisfied!

Casey 6 months ago

Day3 here and I have lost 5 pounds!!! I am so excited... I don't know why this cannot be done long term though I don't feel bad at all ..

Veronica 6 months ago

I would like to get an answer to a substitute for eggs. That the only thing holding up from starting. I need to lose 12 pounds before knee surgery in 16 days.

Casey 6 months ago

Do you eat tuna and cottage cheese for lunch or one or the other... The wording is confusing

Nikki 9 months ago

My husband and I just started this diet today. We are excited to see the end result! Wishing luck to everyone who is doing this! What a great jump start to the New Year!

Jodi07 10 months ago

What can I use to replace the eggs? I cannot eat them because I'm allergic!

Autumn 10 months ago

Hello, I cannot find sugar free ice cream anywhere! So is an ice cream with no sugar added ok? Or is there something else I could eat instead?

Jodi07 11 months ago


I want to do the 3 day plan but I cannot eat eggs as I am allergic to them. What would I be able to eat in place of them?

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Snowsprite 11 months ago from Cornwall, UK

I couldn't resist the idea of a diet with proper ice cream. The note on coffee is interesting and might explain my tiredness recently, thanks.

Janis 11 months ago

You never answered about subbing grapefruit??

Aggie 12 months ago

What can be sub'd for grapefruit, as my hubby cant have it due to medication? Thanks so much!

Anna 12 months ago

Hi on day two can I have half cup tuna and half cup feta or is it one or the other?

Sheila 12 months ago

Are you supposed to exercise with this plan or just eat it and carry on with a normal day?

GAYLE 12 months ago

I noticed on day two....for dinner it was posted to eat two cups of veg. and the next line was one cup of another veg. Is this correct ? Three cups total for day two. The other days are two cups total. Just wondering if this may be a typo overlooked. I did day two first since I had most of those items. That was a lot of food to eat for dinner. I weighed out the ounces on a scale and it was more than I eat on a normal basis. However, this is a doable diet and I'm excited to try it. Thank you :)

Brandi 13 months ago

This plan sounds very do-able, but I can't stand grapefruit. Is there something else I can do in place of the grapefruit? Also if you have time would you please re-read the plan. There are several mistakes that made me unclear. I would hate to assume what was meant and really mess it up. Thank you

Anyah Beachy 15 months ago

Hi I love and wanna to do this diet, but I dont and cant eat seafood what can I sub for it?

Malisa 15 months ago

I don't eat eggs, what could I use as a substitute?

Barbara Hardin 16 months ago

I lost 10 lbs. in 3 days, went off it 4days & lost 8 more. It works!!!

Jenn 16 months ago

I can't eat grapefruit because I have acid reflux. Is there anything that I can substitute it for?

Alexia Miller 17 months ago

If you can't have bananas is there a substitute?

Can I have plain stemmed rice instead of bread?

Marlene 18 months ago

Add Your Comment.. I just started this diet again, was in it years ago and lost about 55 lbs on it. It was quick loss for a minute but it gets you off the fats and sugars. After a while I didn't have to watch what I was eating it was just natural. Started to have more energy, started to exercise more, lost more weight, then hit plateau, but evened out muscle with fat. Clothes got bigger for once! Lol. We'll Have to see how well I do this time.

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mirage erin 18 months ago Author

Camilla, it's really best to eat breakfast. It starts your metabolism in the morning.

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Sara, yes, eat them together!

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Lonika, great! How did it go?

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mirage erin 18 months ago Author

There are some pretty great gluten free crackers. You can replace with those. Or a slice of gluten free bread.

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mirage erin 18 months ago Author

Hi Christine, you can have the ice cream a little after dinner, two hours before going to sleep.

Eating too little is just as bad for putting on weight as eating too much. Try to eat more frequently to speed up your metabolism. Tell us if this diet helped at all!

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mirage erin 18 months ago Author

I love grapefruit juice! However, grapefruit juice alone isn't as good as grapefruit as it lacks the fiber!

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mirage erin 18 months ago Author

3 oz tuna is less than half a cup.

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mirage erin 18 months ago Author

Candelosa, yes you can drink coffee. But if you are one of those people whose bloodsugar gets affected by coffee, then try to have only water.

Candelosa 18 months ago

Can you drink coffee the three days or only the first day?

Tammy wolford 18 months ago

I love this diet but I just eat tuna I need to know how much meat is 3 oz is that like a 1/2 cup or what please help me thank you

Iris 18 months ago

I'm trying this but instead of grapefruit, I'm drinking grapefruit juice. Hopefully it still works

Christine 19 months ago


I'm on day 2 of this diet. I felt that the dinners are a bit much to eat with fruit and then Ice cream. I've been eating small portion of salmon for dinner which taste great. Since the day I turned 50 nothing worked for me I just kept gaining weight and was already following strict diets. If this don't work for me then I quit. Thanks for the diet plan.

Jennifer 19 months ago

Is this okay for teenagers to do?

Jennifer 19 months ago

Hi, could you please list some alternatives to this plan for those who are gluten free? I want to try this but am gluten free so need to know what to eat for the bread and saltine crackers. Thanks.

Lonika5 21 months ago

Hi thank you for this diet plan.

Am on day 2, started on Wednesday and it's not as easy as it seems. I tend to be feeling a lil lightheaded and weak but am determined to do this, I drink about 8 bottles of water a day and I have done everything to the T. Am not really seeing any changes on my body. Ill get on the scale Saturday and fingers crossed I have lost weight and this was all worth it.

But I just wanna say thank you!

Sara 22 months ago

hello , should I eat everything in this diet or just choose one of each different choices ?? Like you said for example for lunch 1 egg and 2 slices of bread , I should eat these two together or just choose one ? Thx for replying

Camilla 22 months ago

Hi! Does it affect the results if I dont eat breakfast? Because I always either have no time to eat or wake up late (at around lunch time)

Camilla 22 months ago

Hi! Does it affect the results if I don't eat breakfast? Because I either have no time to eat breakfast or wake up late (about lunch time)

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mirage erin 23 months ago Author

Flounder is fine, though something like swordfish or salmon that is similar to tuna rather than white and flakier fish would be better. Try almond butter instead of peanut butter.

Molt 23 months ago

Thank you for the post. Can I eat flounder instead of tuna and can I avoid peanut butter all together? I cannot eat peanut butter at all.

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mirage erin 2 years ago Author

Wow! That's amazing!! Lately I packed on quite a few pounds as I got hooked on the red velvet cake in my neighborhood bakery. Gotta do it again myself.

As for saltines-- is there anything such as soup crackers? Something not too fatty or salty to substitute with? Here try this:

lisa 2 years ago

hi i tried this diet beforse and it worked really well..i was 155 pound. when i started the diet i felt kinda weird in the begining but i guess my body got use to the foods. and i Hate water but because i was so determind and focus on this diet thing i followed the diet rules.. 3 day on the diet and 2 days off but eating healthy like vegables and fruits i lost 20 pounds in a total of 7 days. i am so happy with the results now i have to work on some abs.

Rose 2 years ago

Hi actually it's difficult to found saltines in my city so now what am i gonna do????

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mirage erin 2 years ago Author

Deki-- 2 slices of low calorie bread. Cooking carrots will raise their glycemic content, so not a great idea. Best to eat vegetables raw for better weight loss.

Malikka-- if you can't find low fat cheese, I recommend eating a bit less of the full fat one. Make do with what you can.

Luis Moreno-- you only need to repeat the cycle one more time after four days of normal eating.

Allenafaith-- eat the ice cream! And don't switch. If you really want it's ok to eat a cucumber.

Sesp0588-- you can switch if you have to, but best not to. And yes, most everyone will see results after the three days.

DestinEF-- do you eat any fish or dairy?

Corinne-- a 14 year old should not be dieting and definitely not doing this diet.

Cindy-- sugar free gum is ok. However, some people feel hungrier when chewing gum.

Adolphine: Awesome!!! Did you keep it off? 8 pounds lost! Bravo!

Breezy!! 9 pounds lost!! That's amazing! did you do it again?

Rose-- why do you want to substitute the saltines? Salt content? Gluten?

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mirage erin 2 years ago Author

Melissa, actually the calories add up to betweeen 1000-1100. Nevertheless, this diet should not be continued for more than three days, and in three days you will not get in starvation mode.

Natalie, no-- a 15 year old should not be dieting. Just eat healthy, sleep well, exercise and the weight will come off if there are no other health issues.

Alex! Wonderful!!! I have been traveling and put on some, so gotta get back to it myself soon.

Rya-- I don't think it's a good idea to take anything while on the diet. The following four days eat lots of fiber.

After losing the weight, best to calculate how many calories you need and track what you eat, weigh yourself and see how many calories are good for you. I find it's best to weigh yourself frequently.

Melissa 2 years ago

I looked up the calories in each of these foods. If you were to eat exactly what's written in this plan, you would be eating about 600-700 calories in a day. This is putting your body in starvation mode (need at least 1200 calories), and will cause you to gain all the weight back soon after quitting the diet.

Natalie 2 years ago

Hi I'm 15 and I was just wondering if this diet is healthy for me

alex 2 years ago

Lost 6 lbs in 3 days! this works! Gonna keep it up till day 10

RyaJ 2 years ago

Hi, I am really motivated to start this diet asap. Just have some questions though: 1. Is it ok to have Metamucil (bulk-producing laxative and fiber supplement) while on the diet? Or any kind of aperient, e.g. slim tea?

2. How to maintain the final weight, after losing let's say 20 pounds? What is the recommended diet? (I am 167 cm, 69 kg.)

diana009 2 years ago

What is the detox water anyone plz ... Thank you ...

Deki 2 years ago

What is 2 slice of low ? What do you mean please do let me know

Deki 2 years ago

Can u plz tell me what is 2 slice of calorie ? Is that mean bread, cheese ...? Plz let me know... This diet really works on me , am 5 ft and I was 60 kg and now I low 5 kg it's really good n I want to know more clearly so that I can do again...... Thank u

Deki 2 years ago

Is it ok to have stemmed carrots. Hmmm m in day 2 hoping to see result

mallika 2 years ago

Dear hub author,

Low fat cheese is not available at the mart, please sugest (for day 3)

thank you ,

luis moreno 2 years ago

Were can i get the list for the 20 pounds in 10 days? Can u post it...

allenafaith 2 years ago

Do you have to eat the ice cream or cam you just eat some ice :P can you switch the beans with cucumbers?

Sesp0588 2 years ago

Also, has anyone switched the dinner with the lunch? I would rather eat "the diner" for lunch and the "lunch" for dinner.

Sesp0588 2 years ago

Do you see the results after the three days? This was my first day and I lost nothing.

DestinEF 2 years ago

Hey, I'm strongly considering trying this but have a few questions. First of all, I'm vegetarian, so what would be suitable replacements for the meaty items? Also, is the ice cream necessary? I'm not too huge on it as is. Thanks so much for posting!

Corinne 2 years ago

I'm 14 and weight 186 pounds so I am obviously over weight and am wondering if this diet is going to work for me and how many colories would I be taking In a day

Cindy A 2 years ago

Is sugar free gum okay to chew in between meals? As a way to curb hunger.

adolphine 2 years ago

This diet really work, I lost 8 pound in 3 days.......

breezy 2 years ago

Thank you for posting. I did this diet last week and lost a whopping 9 lbs., even cheated a little. Definitely doing it again.

rose 2 years ago

Plz tell me soon any substitute for saltine crackers

Rose 2 years ago

Hi can i substitute the saltine crackers with anything else?? Please tell me substitute.....

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mirage erin 2 years ago Author

At 15 you need to focus on being healthy, and then the weight will come off. Jessica, tell us what you did, is there no change at all? Did you stick to everything?

As for ice cream-- stick with high protein ice cream, stuff made with cream- milk, and not too much sugar, so no sorbet or italian ice.

jessica 2 years ago

I tried this diet n no possitive results

karmil 2 years ago

any other kind of ice-cream

Sonya craig 2 years ago

okay.. im

also 15. but I am very little overweight. it's very hard for me to excersise.. I have little attention span. I've tried EVERYTHING. I've been the same height since 6th grade, and im a freshman. is this plan really a bad idea? im desperate!

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viry 2 years ago

I will start this diet next week!

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mirage erin 2 years ago Author

Yes, it's great for short term goals!!! But also to get some motivation before you start a long term diet. Nothing more motivating then seeing some change!

A lot of lean proteins depending on what you like, poultry, beef, lamb! As long as it's a lean, that is fat free cut. I personally prefer fish, or even smoked salmon, which isn't too lean but that's all good fat!

Scarlet 2 years ago

What are some good examples of lean proteins?.. What proteins did you use?

lace 2 years ago

I'm on this diet & I. Feel Co worker have join in is a group projects

kos 2 years ago

no loss yet weigh in day 4 tmorow

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Hendrika 2 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

This sounds very interesting and I will keep it in mind the next time I have to fit into an outfit in a few days time, it has happened to me quite a few time and I just stuffed myself into the outfits with disastrous results, zip breaking, seams tearing etc!

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mirage erin 2 years ago Author

Not sure how tall you are, but 123 is a pretty low weight. I wouldn't expect to lose a lot -- definitely not 10 pounds! That's almost 10 percent of your weight. Since you weigh less you need less calories. If I were you I would do this diet for one day or maybe two days, and then continue with a calorie balanced diet and exercise.

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mirage erin 2 years ago Author

Compare the protein amount in them, as well as the fat. I would imagine it would be ok.

yiinidoll 2 years ago

Most of the sugar free ice cream has sugar alcohol in them. Is so delicious coconut milk no sugar added ice cream ok and does it have to be plain vanilla?

yiinidoll 2 years ago

Im 23 and weight 123 lbs . Im trying to get down to 105-108 which was how I used to weight and happy at. I'm Asian and small frame, how much weight can I lose by this diet? How long would it takes for me to get down to my ideal weight? Would I get results faster with this diet or the lose 10 lbs in a week diet? Please let me know I plan to start this tomorrow. Thank you.

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mirage erin 2 years ago Author

I think things like aspartame effect everyone differently... so hard to say. I know they affect me. But for a few days diet, if it's going to help you get through it, I would use truvia, it's all natural, see here

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Jordan Paige 2 years ago

This may be a silly question, but I'm trying to do this exactly as said above. I saw where it said drinking green tea will help with the weight loss. Does this mean freshly brewed with nothing in it, or can I add something? Do Arizonas or any other brand of tea do the same? Thanks!

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mirage erin 2 years ago Author

If you have to have an apple, go for it. I don't know about raspberry ketones, though. Frozen berries work as a good, healthy, low calorie snack for me. They feel like candy or ice cream!

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Kelly Heaven Sent 2 years ago

can I snack in between the three meals, like having an apple and also is it ok to drink "Rasberry ketone"

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mirage erin 2 years ago Author

If you wish, some are really sensitive to sugar. Better to eat peanuts even imho.

Ruse 2 years ago

All the peanuts am seeing

is saying sugar less than 1 gram should I get that one

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mirage erin 2 years ago Author

You can make it yourself! Just grind it up and add some salt.

Ruse 2 years ago

Ok I will follow your advice and do the 3 day plan take a break and do it again the following week. I am having trouble finding sugar free peanut butter what else can I substitute for it

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mirage erin 2 years ago Author

I don't think it's a good idea to do that! But the original plan suggests that you can do this diet for three days, take a four day break when you eat normally, and then do it again for three days. My opinion is that twenty pounds in ten days is way too much of a change for the body and that you should only use this diet to kick start your long term diet in a healthy way.

Ruse 2 years ago

Hi I am going to try this diet next week and I wanted to try the lose 20 pounds in ten days diet, however you did not post the plan for that one. Can I please have the plan for losing 20 pounds in 10 days

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mirage erin 2 years ago Author

The closest should be a small orange or apple.

LittleMonster 2 years ago

What can u substitute the Grapefruit with?

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mirage erin 2 years ago Author

I wouldn't, at least not the first time you try it. Half an hour leisurely walk is ok, but an eight minute intense cardio can take all your energy.

anon 2 years ago

I wonder, is it okay if i do a simple cardio workout each day. It's very simple, just for 8 minutes.

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mirage erin 2 years ago Author

Technically it should, I would talk to a physican about whether it's safe to do something like that.

angelward 2 years ago

I'm doing to be doing a fast until dec 22,no food from sun up to sun down will I still be able to do this diet.As long as I EAT MY BREAKFAST BEFORE SUN UP.MY LUNCH WON'T BE UNTIL ABOUT 5:00PM if I EAT MY DINNER 4-5 HOURS LATER WILL IT STILL WORK FOR ME

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mirage erin 2 years ago Author

2 slices of low carb, low calorie bread...

walking half an hour is fine, but speedwalking half an hour is rigorous exercise and may be better to wait till the three days are over for that.

The times are dependent on everyone's schedule, though I would put at least half an hour between every meal.

cassandra 2 years ago

Is it fine to speed walk for 30 mins while doing this diet. Also, what are the times for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.?

Ange 2 years ago

On day one it says " 2 slices of low 2 tablespoons sugar free peanut butter, did you mean also 2 slices of low carb bread???

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mirage erin 2 years ago Author

Should be ok if you match the calories.

Kaytee 2 years ago

Hi, can I substitute the bread with anything? like quinoa or pearl barley something like that?

Clari55 2 years ago

Thank you!!

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mirage erin 2 years ago Author

Only one. You can choose among them.

Clari55 2 years ago

For day 3 breakfast, is it 1 slice of each low fat cheddar, swiss, asiago, romano, aged gouda cheese or is it only 1?

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mirage erin 2 years ago Author

Sugar is not ok. It's never ok:) if you absolutely cannot eat grapefruit just eat an orange.

Jenni 2 years ago

Do you eat the grapefruit plain or can you eat it with sugar?

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mirage erin 2 years ago Author

As far as I can tell, it does... though not in the same way or amount.

Isa 2 years ago

Does this work for everybody?

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No additional milk. And not too much coffee as it messes up your blood sugar... but sure have a little. You should always eat healthy, lots of fiber, frutis, vegetables, good protein, and healthy oils. I wouldn't do this very long term, but it's good to get into good habits! Let us know how it goes.

sha 2 years ago

In addition we can't have milk to drink? Just what's listed? OK also I love just black coffee is that OK? So is it OK to do this 3 days take 4 day break and restart ? Til I can lose all the weight? Also when I'm off the 4 days and as long as I stay under 2000 c. Am i OK to eat whatever? Can u plz b more specific??? I'm going to start wed if u can get bk to me asap . Thanks!

shalisa 2 years ago

So I can do this diet day first 3 days then stop for 3 then start again til I get down 30pnds? That's what I gotta lose so can you let me know . And I will do it every 3 days then take 3 day break then restart. Or can I do 10 days straight then atop 3 days then restarr til I meet my goal weight? Plz let me know asappppp!! I wanna start tomorrow!!!

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mirage erin 2 years ago Author

Sure! Replace protein with protein.

Craftygal 2 years ago

I want to do this diet but i don't like any kind of cheese or fish..Can i eat chicken or lean red meat,I drink plenty of water..Call me crazy but i love ice cream

Thank you..

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mirage erin 2 years ago Author

Yes, especially in your mid section. I have a scale that measures body fat -- and visceral fat, it really works.

Maggie 2 years ago

Is the weight loss gonna show?

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mirage erin 2 years ago Author

Hi again everyone, hope you are all getting good results with this simple but very effective diet!

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mirage erin 2 years ago Author

Yes, the peanut butter should be pure peanut butter. The bread doesn't have to be low carb. But that won't hurt. Let us know the results!

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mirage erin 2 years ago Author

I got pretty good results each time I did it.

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If you really really want to :)

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mirage erin 2 years ago Author

I think that should be ok, not too much though as the carbs will add up.

deannameyers 3 years ago

I have a questions on day one at breakfast it has 2 slices of low 2 tablespoons of sugar free peanut butter. Is that 2 slices of low calorie, low carb bread (each slice around 45 calories) with 2 tablespoons of sugar free peanut butter? Thanks I want to start it diet , want to make sure I am following it right.

Kathy 3 years ago

I will start this diet tomorrow. Can anyone tell me if they got good results?

Keri 3 years ago

Is it ok to have the saltine crackers instead of bread?

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mirage erin 3 years ago Author

You should eat whatever is on the list ideally. But small changes are better than not doing it at all.

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mirage erin 3 years ago Author

No, I don't think so. Only very very high fiber bread is low in carbs. Like flax bread.

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mirage erin 3 years ago Author

Hi Sadie, a 13 year old shouldn't be on a diet! Just eat well and exercise.

Moochyyy 3 years ago

Hi is sourdough bread low in carbs?

anonomus 3 years ago

hello do you have to eat the full grapefruit or can you just eat half for the two days we eat them

sadie 3 years ago

Im 13 and I'm trying this out but not quite that extreme. I just like the meal plans and stuff...

Sandy143 3 years ago

Can u add tomato and onions to the tuna

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mirage erin 3 years ago Author

Hmmm. You should be able to substitute with something of similar caloric value.

sarah 3 years ago

Hi do u have to eat saltine crackers? can u have a different type?

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mirage erin 3 years ago Author

Hi, low fat ice cream is often higher in sugar, so I would indeed recommend eating regular ice cream, but maybe eating just a bit less and something that is protein based.

Eva 3 years ago

Hi, can i sub sugar free ice cream with low fat soya isolated protein /non- diary ice cream ? it's kinda hard to found sugar free ice cream in my country :(

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mirage erin 3 years ago Author

Hi Kasandra, best might be then to have some lemon with maybe splenda sprinkled on it if you can't handle the sour? Or maybe a not so sweet orange :)

Kasandra 3 years ago

Im allergic togrape fruit xc

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mirage erin 3 years ago Author

Hi Rosie, this is really not an appropriate diet for a 15 year old. I recommend that you don't do it unless you talk to a doctor about it first.

rosie 3 years ago

And if i do lose weight will it SHOW?

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mirage erin 3 years ago Author

Hi Rosie,

I don't think anyone is lying here. However, if you are only 15 you absolutely should not be doing this diet or any other diet to lose a lot of weight. You are still growing, getting taller etc. You should not try to lose weight by any other means than doing exercise unless you are under the supervision of a doctor. Just eat healthy, sleep well, exercise and you will look good:)

rosie 3 years ago

i just don't want to get lied.... can someone post a video or somerthing? I don't want my mom getting all that for nothing. Im 15 and school starts less than 2 months. I want to look healthy.

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Ice cream matters for various reasons, it's a great source of protein and fat and also something to look forward to at the end of the day.

In my view, as long as it's milk based and not high sugar ice cream (like gelato), strawberry or chocolate should be ok. Though personally I would try to stick to the list as much as possible.

Dominic 3 years ago

is the ice cream important

Maryliz1994 3 years ago

Can you have strawberry or chocolate ice cream instead? Also how much is 1 cup in grams/kilos

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mirage erin 3 years ago Author

How about almond butter?

struggling girl 3 years ago

I want to try this diet, is there a substitute for peanut butter? I have a nut allergy.

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mirage erin 3 years ago Author

Hi Slow Going, sorry I was traveling and didn't reply right away! Measure in cups, cans will vary depending on their size. I would use tuna in water or perhaps olive oil. The calories in the oil might make minimal difference.

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mirage erin 3 years ago Author

Hi Newbie! I would like to know how both diets went!

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mirage erin 3 years ago Author

Hi Kristi, how is it going? One way to rev up your metabolism is to exercise. We do need less calories as we get older but still calories in calories out and a healthy metabolism will lose unwanted weight at any age. Let me know how this worked for you!

Kristi 3 years ago

Is it bad that this looks like a lot of food? I am starting today but my hopes are low. Once I hit 40 I can't get any weight to come off!

slow going 3 years ago

i'm starting this diet tomorrow. How much tuna, like in a can, is a cup of tuna? Does it need to be in water or oil and does it matter?

newbie 3 years ago

Thanks for the post!

I'm working through the lose 10 pounds in 7 days and then (after i'm done on saturday) I'm gonna tackle this one!

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mirage erin 3 years ago Author

Yay Infields! That's awesome. I think it's time I do another round of this. Had too much pizza and chinese lately!

lnfields 3 years ago

Like Anna, I just completed the diet and I lost 6 lbs in 3 days. I've also been on a weight plateau for weeks and constantly stayed at the same weight no matter what I did. I think I'm lucky bc I worked a lot which kept me away from food...but I also exercised the 3 days 30-45 mins and I constantly drank regular water and a detoxing water. I'm letting all my friends know about this blog :)

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mirage erin 3 years ago Author

Anna, that's awesome! 3 days and 6 pounds is great!!

Anna 3 years ago

I did this diet recently and I lost six pounds, lots of water and I kept myself studying in order to pass the time and stay away from snacks in between. My pants fit much better :) I did not substituted any item followed it to the T.

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UltimateLife 3 years ago from USA

This seems like a lot of work and effort has to be put into it, but it could work. I find that eating one meal a day can give you the same results, and can be kept up longer. Great hub though!

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mirage erin 3 years ago Author

Well, that seems like you had a lot of water weight to lose. But, honestly, when you are trying to jump start a diet, even water weight helps a lot.

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mirage erin 3 years ago Author

Yay, Morgan! Drink lots of water!!

Morgan 3 years ago

I meant to say I lost 4.8 pounds in 18 hours. This diet is great.

Morgan 3 years ago

I lost pounds in 18 hours! I cannot wait to get on the scale tomorrow!

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mirage erin 3 years ago Author

Yes, you can have 5 oz. of lean protein of another kind instead!

Autumn 3 years ago

Can I substitute anything else for the tuna, cottage cheese, and sardines?

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mirage erin 3 years ago Author

Well. I wouldn't say this is eating only ice cream, but it certainly helps to eat ice cream :)

theslimdude 3 years ago

OMG, is that really possible to lose weight via eating ice cream only???

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Sure, that's ok. I have done that before and it worked fine.

Taylor 3 years ago

I was wondering if you have to eat the meals together. I like to eat the dinner then later I like to eat the ice cream as a snack. Is that okay?

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mirage erin 3 years ago Author

any healthy meat substitute should be fine, not fried etc..

Tara 3 years ago

Allergic to fish...substitutions for tuna?

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mirage erin 3 years ago Author

Tuna is fine, or smoked salmon.

Cadence 3 years ago

What does it mean by 5 ounces of lean protein? what are all the things I can replace meat with :P I'm fine with tuna though

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mirage erin 3 years ago Author

An apple or a small orange should be ok. Good luck! Let me know your results.

outerbanker1 3 years ago

can not eat grapefruit because of medication, what can i sub for this

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mirage erin 4 years ago Author

Glad they sound helpful!

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DDE 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Helpful ideas to lose weight

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Hope it worked well!

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mirage erin 4 years ago Author

Salwa, did you do the diet to the T? Watching portions etc? Did you drink lots of water? Is it possible that your body retained water? Sometimes change is visible after a few days.

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mirage erin 4 years ago Author

Sarah- I did it four times, and every time it worked. Even when I did it the first day or the first two days there were significant results. It is a really great jumpstart for any diet. There is something pretty great about knowing ice cream waits you at the end of the day!

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sadieanne 4 years ago from China

Thanks so much for this Hub- Bikini Body here I come!

salwa 4 years ago

i did this diet but i did NOT lose any kilos !!

sarah 4 years ago

can someone try this out for me and tell me if it really works and


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mirage erin 5 years ago Author

Thanks Suzie, it is definitely a diet that needs to be done for a very limited time, that said, it is a balanced diet. And you are right, that what matters is long term results!

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Suzie Parker 5 years ago

When I first saw the title of your hub, I thought I better check out this unhealthy diet.

The lunches and the dinners are not too bad, it is only the breakfasts that are a bit skimpy and that might make the person have cravings and hunger pangs - making it difficult to stick to the diet.

But I assume for anybody who want to lose weight fast, this might work.

Although a healthy, portion controlled eating plan is the best for controlling weight.

I'm glad you added the warnings and extra tips to help the dieters stay healthy. Good hub!

How to Lose weight fast 5 years ago

This hub is very informative hope I can lose some weight now.

fionageler 5 years ago from london

I love you ..... :-) o and ice cream

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