The Three Hour Diet
Cruise, a man who claims to have been 40 pounds overweight, has developed
a diet plan designed to eliminate "belly fat." According to
Clinic, fat in the abdominal area has been linked to an increased risk of heart
disease and type 2 diabetes. For many people, the belly is a problem area, and
this diet plan specifically targets it.
The 3-Hour Diet is a trademarked food plan that involves
eating small portions every three hours throughout the day. This plan is very
controlled and has a regimented eating schedule. By eating at specific times
throughout the day, Cruise says dieters keep their metabolism running on high,
reducing body fat.
How It Works
According to EveryDiet.org, the promise
of the 3-Hour Diet is that by eating every three hours, dieters can lose belly
fat and maintain a healthier weight. Accordingly, dieters are told to eat
breakfast at 7 a.m., have a 100-calorie snack at 10 a.m., lunch at 1 p.m., a
second 100-calorie snack at 4 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., and then soon after
dinner enjoy a 50-calorie treat. To follow the diet correctly, dieters must
make sure they stop eating at least three hours before going to sleep.
Cruise developed this diet based on the belief that if you
go for more than three hours without putting food in your body, it goes into
"starvation mode.” In other words, your body stores fat and burns muscle,
slowing down your metabolism as if preparing for a period of hunger. Eating consistently
will, according to Cruise, keep your metabolism moving quickly, helping you burn
fat all day.
The 3-Hour Diet promises that you'll get rid of stubborn
belly fat without giving up your favorite foods or having to commit to a
full-fledged exercise program. In fact, exercise is optional with this program.
The 3-Hour Diet promises that within two weeks of joining the program, your
levels of the stress hormone cortisol (which Cruise believes causes belly fat)
will be reduced, and so will your waistline.
According to the program's website, you can drop 10 pounds
during the first two weeks and then lose additional weight every week after
that. The diet is advertised as one that addresses both the physical
and psychological aspects of weight loss. It also claims to be easy enough to
follow that you will be able to stick with it until you reach your goals.
The 3-Hour Diet is all-inclusive. There are no prohibited
types of food. In fact, some of the most maligned foods are allowed in small portions.
Dieters can eat occasional fast food chicken, chocolate candy bars, bacon, and
red meat. This is alluring for those who aren’t ready to give up their favorite
Cruise believes that there are no bad foods, just bad
portions. Following this methodology, the 3-Hour Diet is fairly sensible. It
takes into account the undeniable fact that calories are what determine weight
gain and sets strict calorie limits for each meal and snack. The 3-Hour Diet's
meal plan also encourages eating a balanced diet of carbohydrates, proteins, fats,
fruits and vegetables.
One danger is that the frequent eating involved in the
3-Hour Diet can offer an opportunity for abuse, especially if you have problems
overeating to begin with. If portion sizes aren’t controlled, frequent eating can
actually cause you to gain weight. And
the experts don't even agree that regular, small portions necessarily translate
into weight loss. Another issue is that the 3-Hour Diet does not address the
necessity of exercise, saying that although it may help with weight loss, it’s
Cruise's focus on controlling the psychological aspects of
weight gain and weight loss is admirable. Stress eating is associated with
increased abdominal fat. Healthy stress management is crucial for successful
weight loss. The 3-Hour Diet does a good job tackling some of the eating habits
that lead to excess body fat which lead to consuming excess calories at the
However, every weight-loss program should include some type
of physical activity. People become overweight when they eat more calories than
they use, and one of the causes of the obesity epidemic in the United States is
an inactive lifestyle. Dieters who combine the 3-Hour Diet with a healthy
exercise program may very well see positive, long-term results.