The flight attendant diet is another dietary concoction that touts 10 pounds of weight loss if this four day diet is followed to the letter.  It is unclear whether this diet is attributed to an actual flight attendant, but this diet is also tagged by the names the TWA Stewardess Diet or the TWA Diet.  Certain internet sources may also attribute this in some fashion to the Mayo Clinic, who as a general rule denies any and all association with trendy diets.  Tallying up the pros and cons of this diet is a simple matter of a dieter determining their own weight loss goals and deciding whether or not its feasible.  The diet focuses on protein, fruits and vegetables as its chief ingredients on a rigid eating plan while eliminating empty (non-nutritious) calories found in such foods as salad dressing or coffee creamer.

Plan to start the four day flight attendant diet in a week where nothing else is pending.  No holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special events that typically involve celebratory foods.  Starting the diet at this time sets the dieter up either for ruining the diet or rendering them incapable of full participation.  There are no cheat days in this diet, since it is so short.  Likewise, the emphasis is on calorie restriction.  It can be utilized by virtually any person metabolic disorders or people on specified eating regimens to temporarily slim down.  Marketers of this diet admit that the results are short-term and the diet is unsustainable beyond two cycles (eight days).  Furthermore they emphasize a three month break before the diet is attempted again.

The meal plan on the flight attendant diet is simple enough to follow.  No complex recipes to follow or exotic foods to buy…just foods to eliminate.  The dieter will improve their chances of success by eliminating snacks and treats from their home before the diet begins.  Chances are also improved by making a shopping list of all the ingredients needed and not returning to the store for the duration of the diet.  A third tip for success is to find something to do during these days rather than staring longingly at the fridge or pantry.  Anything that will occupy the time without being exercise will do.

The breakfast plan on the diet is the same each of the four days.  Eat half a grapefruit (no sugar) with black coffee or tea (no creamer or sweetener).

The lunch menu is a little more varied but still similar.  Lunch for day one is an apple, a lettuce and tomato salad (no dressing) and a broiled steak.  Lunch day two is a lettuce salad (no dressing), six ounces of tomato juice and a pork chop.  Lunch day three is a small apple, lettuce and celery (no dressing) and a hamburger patty.  Lunch for the last day is six ounces of pineapple juice, green beans, and two boiled eggs.

The dinner menu consists of a whole grapefruit, green beans and two boiled eggs for the first night.  Day two is a serving each of green beans, cauliflower and squash with six ounces of applesauce.  Day three is broiled chicken and stewed tomatoes washed down with six ounces of prune juice.  Dinner for day four is another tomato and lettuce salad (no dressing), six ounces of tomato juice and a broiled steak.
The meal plan is simple enough to follow but for such a restricted selection four days might definitely become long enough.  Food substitutions are allowed but not encouraged.  For a substitution to be successful the nutrition facts should be near identical in terms of number of grams of protein, carbohydrates, fiber, and more importantly calories.  The diet is a little lax in specifying portion size for the various menu items.  Just remember that three ounces of meat generally counts as a portion and is about the size of a deck of cards.

The flight attendant diet does have some pearls of wisdom to be gleaned from its otherwise strict rules.  First, cutting back on things like coffee creamer, sugar, salad dressing, and condiments can save a good deal of empty calories.  An unaware dieter can drown the healthy right out of coffee or salads by adding too much flavor.  The second lesson to be learned is that the dieter must set themselves up for success by removing the cheat foods from their house, finding ways to stay busy instead of obsessing over the foods they are deprived of, learning to shop with a list, and limiting their trips to the store.  These are all useful tips in preventing overeating in general, and are certainly helpful in adhering to a diet.

In conclusion, the four day fad diet promising ten pounds of weight loss also acknowledges that it won’t be lasting.  Breaking away from the meal plan will limit dietary success and continuing the diet beyond eight days is unhealthy.  If attempting the diet for this long consider increasing the portions sizes of the fruits and vegetables; make the calorie restriction less severe over the longer duration.  And lastly, accept the flight attendant diet as the crash diet it is and look elsewhere if looking for sustainable diet plans and long-term weight loss.

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