So for anyone who hasn’t seen the Pinterest-popular 3 day military diet, here it is:
3 Day Diet
Breakfast–1/2 Grapefruit, 1 Slice Toast, 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter, and Coffee or Tea
Lunch--1/2 Cup Tuna, 1 Slice Toast, and Coffee or Tea
Dinner–3 ounces lean meat, 1 Cup Green Beans, 1/2 Banana, 1 Small Apple, and 1 Cup Vanilla Ice Cream
Breakfast–1 egg, 1 Slice Toast, and 1/2 Banana
Lunch–1 Cup Cottage Cheese (or 1 oz Cheddar Cheese) and 5 Saltine Crackers
Dinner--2 Hot Dogs, (no buns), 1 Cup Broccoli, 1/2 Cup Carrots, 1/2 Banana, and 1/2 Cup Vanilla Ice Cream
Breakfast–5 Saltine Crackers, 1 oz Cheddar Cheese, and 1 Small Apple
Lunch-1 Hard-Boiled Egg, and 1 Slice Toast
Dinner–1 Cup Tuna, 1/2 cup Carrots, 1/2 a Banana, and 1 Cup Vanilla Ice Cream
Ok, so the diet ‘advertises’ a weight loss of UP TO 10 lbs, in 3 days. It also advises against substitutions, as it’s supposed to work on chemical breakdown of certain foods eaten together at certain times. I followed the diet almost exactly – my hubby followed it almost exactly but doubled the amount of food eaten at each meal. Really, one egg and 5 saltines, as a meal for a 250lb man? Not gonna work. I/we made the following substitutions: I don’t do saltines, so I swapped 1 slice of whole wheat toast for each serving of saltines. I also drank black coffee/tea throughout the day as I usually do. I couldn’t be caffeine deprived as well as food deprived! I had a total of 3 cups of coffee/tea each day of the diet, no sweetener or milk. And, we made it the 2 and 2/3 day diet. We had plans with friends for the evening of our last day on the diet so we didn’t follow the dinner for day 3, and opted for pizza and cookies instead. 🙂 I attempted to make this as healthy as possible – we did whole wheat toast, natural peanut butter, free-range eggs and had the veggies steamed.
The results? I lost 4 lbs, hubby lost 5. The diet wasn’t that hard to stick to – once you get over the chocolate cravings! We never felt especially hungry, probably because you eat protein at every meal. Personally, I’m not buying the ‘chemical breakdown’ part – I think the only reason this works as a weight loss diet is because it’s quite low calorie. My estimation was 1,000-1,2000 calories a day.
I would recommend this for someone needing to lose a little weight quickly for a special event or something. Or for someone like myself, who was having a hard time with those last few pounds of baby weight. Thanks to the 3 day diet, I am now at my pre-pregnancy weight. I doubt a 10 lb weight loss will be achieved by anyone, unless you are severely over-weight to start. I’m back to my normal healthy eating regime now – thinking maybe I’ll try the 17 day diet before/after Christmas, depending on how much I gain from Thanksgiving!!!