Posted On 19 Aug 2010
The 3 day tuna diet is a good idea whose time has passed.
Fifty years ago it was not unusual for bodybuilders preparing for a contest to go on a diet of tuna and water for a few days. They did it because it worked.
Tuna is nutritious, delicious, relatively inexpensive food. It’s high in protein (a small can packed in water has about 24 grams of protein). It has beneficial omega 3 fats and no carbohydrates. A 3 day tuna diet used to be an excellent short-term diet for breaking through fat loss plateaus.
No longer. Why? Mercury contamination.
As we humans continue our polluting ways, toxic heavy metals get into the food chain. As small fish are eaten by larger fish, mercury and other toxins build up in larger fish like tuna. For that reason, it’s no longer a good idea to eat more than 1 or 2 servings of tuna weekly.
However, a temporary fish and water diet can still be beneficial. The trick is to substitute smaller deep water, oily fish for tuna.
Which fish? Eat a variety. Excellent choices include wild caught salmon (such as sockeye salmon), Alaskan halibut, orange roughy, sardines, anchovies, Chilean sea bass, mackerel and trout.
Since some of these are more expensive than others and they have very different tastes and textures, try them for yourself before going on a 3 day fish diet, an updated version of the 3 day tuna diet.
If you do not typically eat a no or low carbohydrate diet, be prepared for headaches and other minor physical problems. Don’t worry, though, about not ingesting enough carbohydrate: the minimum daily requirement for carbohydrates is zero. There’s no need to worry about not getting enough fiber for several days, either.
This diet is very simple. Eat a serving of fish about every 3 or 4 waking hours. Drink plenty of water. It’s a good idea to supplement with multi-vitamin, multi-mineral pills.
Even if you are in good health and even though this is a temporary diet, it’s a good idea to check with your personal physician before changing any dietary or exercise patterns.
If you use this diet, feel free to share your results with others using the comments below. Good luck!