The Military Diet Review
It’s no secret to my family and besties that I have been trying to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight of 137 for some time now. After I stopped breast feeding when my son Trey was 9 months, all the baby weight I had lost rapidly, piled back on in no time. I was in shock to see the numbers on the scale continue to rise. I really thought the scale was broken but after being weighed at the doctor’s office, I realized, I really did gain 40 pounds (yikes!). I’m not big on dieting or working out so I wasn’t really doing either. But when I heard about the 3-day diet plan, I though I’d give it a try. I was introduced to the Military Diet plan by a friend and FMR’s very own health & fitness contributor Jasmine on May 5th. Jasmine and her husband tried the diet plan and raved about how you can lose up to 10 pounds in 3 days. As soon as she said 3 days, I was already preparing myself mentally to do this Military Diet. I started the diet five days later on a Thursday and ended it on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. Let me just be real with you about this 3-day diet plan… I hated it! Although I only had to follow this meal plan for 3 days, it felt like an eternity. During those 3 days, I felt weak, unfocused, and hungry!!! To say the least. I can say that I lost about 5 pounds after the 3 days. I was happy about that and relieved that starving myself for 3 days wasn’t done in vein. I must admit, on day 3, after eating the dinner (at 3:30pm because I was just too hungry to wait a few more hours to eat at a normal dinner time), I said to myself, “screw this, I’m gonna eat a real meal tonight.” That night I ate a large cotton candy Gelati from Ritas. That was it. I was full and didn’t eat anything else until Mother’s Day morning.
Overall, the diet plan was very easy to follow, the meal plan was simple (things I already had in my fridge and pantry), and only lasts for 3 days which is ideal for those of you who want to do a quick diet resulting in quick weight loss. If you decide to try this diet out, good for you. I probably would never do this diet again because I didn’t like how it made me feel. You have to listen to your body. Some things may work for others but not for everyone. This was one of those things that didn’t work for me! Note: I did not work out while on this diet plan. I only followed the 3-day meal plan. Below, you’ll see photos of what I ate for 3 days. If you have any questions about my experience following the Military Diet plan, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HERE’S EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 3-DAY MEAL PLAN
This info is from the Positive Health Wellness website. https://www.positivehealthwellness.com/diet-nutrition/everything-need-know-3-day-military-diet/
Day 1: 1,400 calories to consume
When you think about some calories you’re going to get, you won’t panic so much. Remember what we covered about your actual calorie-burning ability?
Start off your morning with a slice of toast and two tbsp of peanut butter. This will give you the carbs and fats your body needs to get started. Follow that with half a grapefruit, and a cup of tea or coffee. It’s worth starting off your day with some water, just to get your metabolism kick started, ready for your breakfast. The water will also help you feel fuller.
Lunch is another slice of toast and half a cup of tuna. The tuna will give you the omega 3 your body needs, as well as some protein. Don’t mix anything else with your tuna. It seems quite bland but focuses on that summer body.
Enjoy it with water, tea or coffee.
Dinner you can have a little more—and you’ll be happy to know that you won’t need to have toast! Opt for a 3 oz serving of meat of your choice and a cup of green beans. Follow that with half a banana and a small apple. You can also enjoy a cup of vanilla ice cream.
That dessert can be eating altogether, giving you a small fruit salad to finish off your first day. Store that other half of the banana in the fridge by wrapping it in cling film, so you can have it tomorrow.
Well done on completing your first day. Now it’s time to move onto Day 2.
Day 2: 1,200 calories to consume
Some calories you eat today will be a little lower than yesterday. You won’t notice it too much, especially as you get into the diet.
Start your day with a slice of toast and a hard-boiled egg. This will give you your carbs and protein that your body needs. You can follow that by half a banana. Follow it by a cup of tea or coffee.
Lunch is another hard-boiled egg and five saltine crackers. Have some cottage cheese with that to make sure you get some protein. Follow that with another cup of tea or coffee if you want. Don’t forget your water throughout the day!
Dinner is two hot dog sausages—sorry, but you’ll have to miss out the bun and toppings! Have it with a cup of mixed broccoli and carrots. You can enjoy half a banana with half a cup of vanilla ice cream to finish off the day.
Day 3: 1,100 calories to consume
This will be your hardest day of the week.
Start off with five saltine crackers and an ounce of cheddar cheese. You can then follow them with a small apple, and your choice of tea or coffee.
Lunch is toast and egg. You can choose how you want to enjoy your egg, as it won’t change the calories that you consume. Finish it off with your tea or coffee.
Finally, for dinner, it’s time for a cup of tuna (plain), half a banana and a cup of ice cream; vanilla of course.
If you are starting to feel hungry at all throughout the day, opt for a glass of water. This will be healthy for you (no calories), and can help you lose weight. It will also help you feel a little fuller.
You’ll notice that there are specifications like half a banana and five saltines. Don’t deviate from the plan. This is designed to keep your calories to a set amount, and deviating will increase your calories.
If you don’t like something or can’t eat something, such as meat, tuna or bananas, then you can replace with something of the same value that offers the same health benefits. For example, a cup of tuna can be switched for a cup of almonds. Peanut butter can be switched for seed butter if you’re allergic, but keep the measurements the same.
The important thing when making alterations is that the calorie content remains the same.
When opting for bread, wholegrain is preferable. This will not just give you carbs but the fibre that your body also needs.
When it comes to your 1,500 calorie days, you don’t need to add too much in the way of snacks. An extra 100-400 calories would be the equivalent of beans on toast. The good news is you can add more vegetables and fruits, as they are much lower in calories than anything else.
2 hot dogs (without bun)
1 cup of broccoli
1/2 cup of carrots
1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream