A 3 day detox diet consisting of fruit is a simple, convenient plan for beginners who want to do a detoxification. Depending on your will power and level of attachment to food, this three day detox may be a good starting point before you dive into a stricter, longer term plan. Unlike other detox programs, this one allows you to eat various fruits over the three day time frame.
Some fruit detox plans require you to pick one fruit and only eat that for the duration of the plan. The plan below allows for more variation by eating any of the fruits from the list thereby making it a more achievable plan for a first time detox.
You can add other fruits but you want to be sure to include acidic fruits, such as citrus fruits and pineapple, because these have high detoxifying power.
3 Rules for Your 3 Day Detox Diet
1. Eat fresh fruit only.
You can eat as much fruit as you want for three days. The idea is to eat until you are full and to eat any time you get hungry during the day.
Below is a list of fruits to select from for your detox. Only fresh fruit in the raw form, so to speak, should be included in the detox. You do not want to eat fruits that are canned with preservatives.
Frozen fruit may not have preservatives, but it is recommended you chose fresh fruits from a farm stand or the produce department at your local grocery store. Organic fruits are preferable but not necessary.
- Citrus fruits:
2. Drink water only.
Only drink plain old water, that’s it. No diet soda, no flavored water or any other low calorie or no calorie drinks.
The idea is that you are flushing your body so you don’t want to drink any fluids that have any types of diet sweeteners, preservatives or chemicals of any sort. The only way to truly do this is in a pure manner is to drink water.
One important factor to note is that you want to be drinking water throughout the day starting from first thing in the morning when you get up. You don’t want to try to only drink water once or twice a day, but rather consistently over the course of your day.
3. Do not exercise.
Exercise is often not recommended while detoxing. The reason for this is because you will not be eating foods which give your body energy for working out. Your body gets energy from eating carbohydrates.
Since you are only eating fruits for 3 days, you will not be providing your body with the types of foods it needs for exercise.
Expectations, Tips & Side Effects
One side effect for those who regularly consume caffeine and sugar on a daily basis is headaches. If you typically have lots of coffee and caffeinated soft drinks, you may be more likely to experience this situation. To lessen potential headaches, you want to drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated over these few days.
Day one is going to be the hardest and you will probably be hungry at the end of the day, even if you eat tons of fruit. Try drinking water when you feel hunger setting in.
You may also want to go to bed a little earlier than normal to fight the urge to give in. The benefit is that you will get a little more rest and you won’t go off your fruit only plan.
Once you get past the first day, you should see some results on the scale as inspiration for the next 2 days.
Your energy level should be good, but you still want to take it easy and not do anything strenuous for the 3 days. You can go back to your regular workout routine after you complete the detox.
If you absolutely need to do some light exercise, limit it to walking. For those who do take a walk, remember this is not supposed to be a real workout so you want to walk at a normal pace and not be doing speed walking.
Taking It to the Next Level
Once you have completed this 3 day detox diet, you can check out some longer duration ones with stricter dietary requirements. There are plenty of them out there to fit what you are looking for in a detox.
A couple popular ones which are available instantly on the internet are Top Secret Fat Loss Secret and The Master Cleanse. Expect that both of these will be harder to stick with than the fruit detox but will offer you a different type of detox if you would like to do a more intense cleanse.