Tuna Fish Diet Plan
About the Author:
Diane Lynn began writing in 1998 as a guest columnist for the “Tallahassee Democrat.” After losing 158 pounds, she wrote her own weight-loss curriculum and now teaches classes on diet and fitness. Lynn also writes for The Oz Blog and her own blog, Fit to the Finish. She has a Bachelor of Science in finance from Florida State University.
Although not a formal diet program written in a book, the tuna fish diet plan circulates on the Internet and through dieting circles because of its promised quick weight loss and relatively short duration. One proponent of the diet plan, professional bodybuilder Dave Draper, recommends following the plan for three days. Medical professionals at the Cleveland Clinic advise against following a fad diet such as the tuna fish diet.
Draper advocates the tuna diet plan as a way to lose weight and retain muscle tone while preparing for competitions. On the three-day tuna diet, you drink large amounts of water and eat canned tuna fish six times each day. The amount of tuna fish you should eat varies, depending on how much you weigh. Draper recommends multiplying your body weight by either 1.0 or 1.5 to determine how much protein you should have. If you weigh 150 lbs., you would need between 150 to 225 g of protein a day.
Protein, Nutrients and Calories
Tuna fish is a high-protein, low-calorie food that has no carbohydrates. If you want to consume 150 g of protein in tuna, you would need to eat about 21 ounces every day for three days. If your protein requirements are 225 g a day, you would need to eat about 31 oz. a day. The 21 oz. of tuna fish contains 693 calories, and the 31 oz. contains 1,023 calories. Other nutrients in tuna fish include a trace of fat, 3 mg of calcium, 96 mg of sodium and a small amount of vitamin B-12 in each ounce. Consuming 20 oz. of tuna that is canned in water gives you over 1,900 mg of sodium for the day.