3 Hour Diet is written by Jorge Cruise, who famous for his “8 minutes” series.
A renowned fitness trainer, Cruise has capitalized on the popularity of short workout routines.
The 3-Hour diet is a logical extension to his fitness routines, bringing in a diet regime to suit the average consumer.
Note: Sometimes the author has been erroneously called George Cruise.
The 3 Hour diet is all about meal frequency. By eating every 3 hours, blood sugar levels will be more consistent and the bodies metabolism will remain in a heightened state.
For most people this will equate to about 5 meals per day – breakfast, lunch, and dinner – with two snacks in between.
The 3-Hour diet addresses processed and fast foods – and much of the sales pitch of the book is about being able to lose weight and still eat some “junk” foods.
Food groups should always be combined – i.e. protein should be eaten with carbohydrates and fat (and fruit and vegetables where possible). Cruise recommends drinking 8 glasses of water per day.
McDonalds Egg McMuffin, 1% milk & apple
Lean Cuisine Cheese cannelloni, side salad with nonfat dressing
1 small baked potato, 3oz grilled chicken, 1tsp butter, 1 cup green beans
Sample Snacks – Pria Double Choc bar and Nabisco 100 calorie Oreo cookie snack
Freebies – 1 diet coke, 1 coffee, 1 non dairy creamer
For breakfast, a ham and cheese omelet, bread and lots of fruit.
Three hours later, a Pria bar. Three hours later, a lunch of beef enchilada, rice and a salad with regular dressing. Three hours later, a snack like fruit or a few cookies. Three hours later, dinner; salmon, rice, veggies, and three hours later, dessert, like chocolate mousse.
The principles of correct nutrition, appropriate exercise, and frequent eating are an effective strategy for losing weight. However the 3-Hour diet tries to be too popular at times. The book describes a method to pick appropriate portion sizes – rather then rigidly counting calories – but later goes on to restrict portion sizes to certain calories!
The by-line of the book also criticizes low-carb diets claiming that they do not work. This is a cheap shot as low-carb diets do work for some people (particularly those who are carbohydrate sensitive).
The 3-Hour Diet will be useful to many who are just beginning the journey of understanding nutrition and weight management – but it is only a beginning.
Many feel that the inclusion of so many processed foods is a sell-out – as healthy nutrition often includes only the most un-processed foods. Weight loss and nutrition are two separate but related issues. Fast food should always be a last-resort food – not a daily staple.
However for many people a diet like this is far more approachable than one that suddenly restricts food or calls for dramatic changes.
The 3 Day Diet retails for 24.95.
The author makes some outrageous claims – such as “burn 2 pounds of fat per week, with belly fat first”. Such a comment is completely false, as it is not possible to spot reduce body fat – it will burn off from all over the body, and is different for each person. Also, as is most weight loss diets, the body will eventually plateau – and many diets such as the 3-Hour diet seem to conveniently ignore this pattern.
The Three Hour Diet will be popular, but in the end offers very little in new science or nutrition.
The 100: The Newest Diet by Jorge Cruise