Acne Free in 3 Days is one of the best-selling acne books on the market. The secret to this method is a 3 day apple diet. The author, Chris Gibson, claims that eating apples for 3 days can permanently cure your acne. Going on a short apple diet, or apple detox, can help with your skin, however it’s a far cry from being a permanent cure to acne. In this article we’ll look at what a 3 day apple diet can do for acne, what it cannot do, and whether you should consider it as a treatment option.
Apple diet? What is it, really?
3 Day apple diet is what it says. You eat apples and nothing but apples for 3 days.
How can it help me to get clear?
Eating nothing but apples for 3 days sounds weird, but it can actually help your skin. Fasting has been used for thousands of years as a tool for healing. Fasting gives your body time to detoxify and focus on repair and maintenance work. This can help it to function better, reduce inflammation and balance hormone levels – all of which can show up on your skin. An apple diet is a form of fasting, though not as rigid as water fasting is.
When you eat nothing but calories this automatically reduces your caloric intake. Eating fewer calories is shown to help with insulin resistance and cool down chronic inflammation, the two main causes behind chronic acne.
Furthermore, some foods are known to trigger acne. Going on an apple fast eliminates these foods from your diet (given that you are not allergic to apples), and that is going to help with acne.
As you can see, a short apple diet can help your skin, but can it harm you?
Is it dangerous?
Some people are concerned that they starve if they eat nothing but apples for 3 days. The human body is designed to survive through lean periods. In fact it’s the only way our ancestors survived. The body has reserves it can draw from, and these include proteins (in form of amino acids), vitamins and minerals. Each of us carries enough fat to survive for weeks (if you are very lean) or even months without any food intake.
Other people are concerned about muscle loss. However experiments have shown that the human body burns muscle as fuel only as a last resort (and this means extreme starvation when most of your fat reserves have been burnt, this happens only after weeks or months of total starvation). For most people a 3 day apple diet has no effect on their muscles.
For healthy people a short apple diet should have no harmful effects, and thousands of people all around the world use this healing method every day. However, as with anything to do with your health, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor.
What can you realistically expect
Though a short apple fast can help your skin, it’s not a guaranteed miracle cure. And how it affects the skin is anything but universal. Going on an apple fast puts the body into a detox mode, and often these toxins are expelled through the skin. As they pass through the skin they can irritate it and lead to further breakouts. However, this is only temporary and the skin will usually settle down after a few days.
On the other hand, some people report significant clearing of the skin within a few days of starting the apple diet. What happens for you depends on how your skin reacts to the changes that take place during the apple fast.
Acne Free in 3 Days claims that this method is a permanent cure to acne. Physiologically this is impossible. Though a 3 day apple diet helps acne it does so only temporarily. When you go back to your old diet and lifestyle, insulin resistance and chronic inflammation start coming back, and acne along with them. Permanent relief from acne demands permanent changes to your diet and lifestyle. No 3 days quick-fix can do that.
Should you try it?
All said and done 3 days apple diet is a valuable tool against acne. It attacks the two root causes of acne, insulin resistance and chronic inflammation, and thus can bring about quick improvements on your skin. On the other hand it’s not the end-all-be-all-acne cure. For the results to last you have to support them with healthy diet and lifestyle that keeps insulin resistance and inflammation under control.