Your Post-Binge, 3-Day Diet Detox Plan

An extra serving of sweet potatoes, a sliver of pecan pie, a Campari cocktail or two. By itself, each of these festive splurges seems so innocent. But like holiday presents, dietary indulgences come at a cost. Most of us never lose the 1 to 2 pounds we gain between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve—and over the years, they add up. The damage is even worse when December’s hearty eating patterns take hold and last well into spring, as they often do.

That is why we developed this 3-day quick weight loss plan—to get you out of party excess mode and put you on a healthy eating track for the new year. It’s simple, fast, and effective. Stick with it and you will have those extra pounds gone before you take down a single decoration.


Now that you know the principles, you’re ready to jump-start your new year’s resolution. Our diet plan provides about 1,250 calories a day. To cut the craving for sweets, we’ve eliminated most refined sugars. To keep your stretch receptors happy, we feature plant-based foods that are rich in fiber. And instead of high-calorie cocktails, we give you delicious low- or no-cal drinks. If you’re not back to your normal weight in 3 days, repeat for a total of 6 days.


BREAKFAST:© VankaD/iStock/Getty Images

•Egg white-veggie scramble: ½ c egg whites (or 4 egg whites) with 1 c chopped mixed vegetables (tomato, bell pepper, baby spinach leaves), prepared with cooking spray

•1 slice toasted whole grain bread or ½ whole wheat English muffin with 2 tsp 100% fruit spread

•1 c fat-free Greek-style yogurt Coffee or tea with ¼ c fat-free milk

SNACK: 1 sheet graham cracker with 2 tsp natural (no added sugar) peanut butter

LUNCH:© Lesyy/iStock/Getty Images

•Hummus-veggie pita sandwich: ½ whole grain pita spread with 1 tsp deli mustard and 1 Tbsp hummus, then stuffed with vegetables (bell peppers, sprouts, lettuce, tomato) and 2 slices avocado

•1 medium orange or 2 tangerines

•Unsweetened herbal tea (hot or iced) with cinnamon stick

SNACK: 1 piece fresh fruit or 1 c mixed vegetables with 2 tsp oil and vinegar dressing

DINNER:© iuliia_n/iStock/Getty Images

•3 oz grilled salmon brushed with citrus glaze while cooking

•Citrus glaze: 1 Tbsp each orange juice, honey, and reduced-sodium soy sauce

•½ c cooked brown rice prepared with 1 tsp olive oil

•1 c cooked winter squash, broccoli, or asparagus

DESSERT: ½ c fat-free plain Greek-style yogurt with 2 tsp 100% fruit spread

NUTRITION 1,288 cal, 91 g pro, 181 g carb, 27 g fiber, 26 g fat, 4.5 g sat fat, 1,322 mg sodium, 82 mg cholesterol

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