Thursday, August 2, 2012

Review: 3 day Military Diet

I came across the 3 day military diet on the incredible Pinterest which is originally HERE. The diet said that if you follow it exactly you can lose up to 10 pounds after your 3rd day is complete.
I looked at the diet and all the comments and thought, "Wow, if this works, this would be awesome!" It's very easy to follow and very inexpensive to do as well, which is a major factor for me. 3 days out of my life for around 10 pounds, heck yeah I'll try it! So, I did. The rules state you must follow the diet EXACTLY, drink lots of water, you can use lemon/lime, salt and pepper for seasonings and you're supposed to do 3 days on the diet and then 4 days of regular, healthy eating.

Day 1- Monday- 7/30/12
I weighed in this morning after I woke up and used the bathroom, I will not share that number but I was glad that it had gone down since my previous weigh in. 
Breakfast: 1/2 a Grapefruit, 1 slice of toast, 2 tbsp of Peanut Butter and one cup of coffee or tea
With this, I did exactly as it called for. I did have crunchy peanut butter because I love it and one small drinking glass of iced tea with lemon.
Lunch: 1/2 cup of tuna, 1 slice of toast and one cup of coffee or tea
I realized that a 1/2 cup of tuna is one regular can. I seasoned it with lemon juice and salt and pepper. 
Dinner: 3 ounces of any meat, 1 cup of green beans, 1/2 a banana, 1 small apple and 1 cup of Vanilla Ice Cream
For this meal I had 3 ounces of grilled chicken breast that I seasoned with salt and pepper. I had 1 whole cup of cut, steamed green beans (and man, that was a LOT of green beans!) The only other thing I did here was wait about an hour after eating dinner to have my ice cream, which was delicious!
Besides the 2 glasses of iced tea I had, I also drank a half a gallon of water throughout the day, sometimes with lemon in it. 

Day 2- Tuesday- 7/31/12
Breakfast: 1 egg (boiled, fried, scrambled), 1 slice of toast and 1/2 a banana
I scrambled my egg seasoned it with salt and pepper.
Lunch: 1 hard boiled egg, 1 cup of cottage cheese OR 1 slice of cheddar cheese and 5 saltine crackers.
I forgot how much I LOVED hard boiled eggs. That was delicious, as was the slice of cheddar cheese. I am not a fan of cottage cheese, so I chose the slice of cheddar. Want to know how to make the PERFECT hard boiled egg? Click HERE. Lunch was truly delicious, I could eat this on a regular basis.
Dinner: 2 hotdogs (no bun!), 1 cup broccoli, 1/2 cup of carrots, 1/2 a banana, 1/2 cup Vanilla Ice Cream
Hotdogs are gross, y'all. I am planning on doing turkey or even soy ones next time because...bleh. I steamed my broccoli and ate my carrots raw. I also waited an hour after dinner to eat my ice cream.
Today, as I'm sure you noticed there is no drinks allowed besides water. I was outside in the heat of the day today and drank about a gallon of water and sometimes had lemon in it.

Day 3- Wednesday- 8/1/12
Breakfast: 1 slice of cheddar cheese, 5 saltine crackers, 1 small apple
I messed up this morning. I ate a slice of toast (that I'm supposed to have for lunch) instead of the saltines by mistake. Oops.
Lunch: 1 hard boiled egg, 1 slice of toast
Instead of the toast that I accident consumed this morning with breakfast, I ate the 5 saltines in its place. I found myself to be hungry within about an hour and a half after eating this. Today was a LONG day. 
Dinner: 1 cup of tuna, 1/2 a banana, 1 cup of Vanilla ice cream
I was starving by the time dinner came around. The one cup of tuna, I ate out of the tuna packages instead of the can seasoned with lemon and salt and pepper. I couldn't finish it. It was too much. I was not a fan of tuna by the end of dinner. Once again, I waited an hour before eating my ice cream.
I also drank about a gallon of water today, sometimes with lemon. Today was by far the hardest, especially after like 2pm. However, I could not help but notice how UN-bloated I was! There was a significant difference in my abdomen, face, hands, feet, legs. I was very curious how the weigh in was going to go in the morning.

Day 4- Thursday- 8/2/12
Today I woke up hungry but definitely could not deny the flattening of my stomach and the lack of any bloat in my body that I could see. That my friends, felt GREAT! I told myself if I lost more than 5 pounds in the past 3 days that I would keep at the program. I weighed in...I lost 7 pounds. 7 POUNDS IN 3 DAYS! YAY! No, it's not 10 pounds, but darn it I couldn't be upset with 7 pounds in such a small amount of time.

I have lost 53 Pounds since March 14th. I am pretty proud of that. Since I have been at a plateau for a few months I am going to keep at the Military Diet.
Try it, and please let me know how you did!!!!


  1. Way to go Kristen. That is awesome, 53 pounds is great!

    My training partner and I do Paleo, you should check it out if you plateau again. It's basically no grains, legumes, dairy and sugar. Meats, fruits and veggies only. We do a modified version of that, but I feel so much better when we are doing it (I'm a little gluten intolerant so being on the diet takes that completely off my plate).

    Anyways, great job!

  2. Thanks Tiff! I saw that you were doing Paleo...I am totally interested. I think I am going to start researching into it a bit. Thanks so much for the encouragement and the recommendation!

  3. 53 lbs is AMAZING!!! soooo proud of you!!! now, i am currently researching this diet as i absolutely HATE some of the things on there (grape fruit, broccoli, greenbeans) am trying to find versions that have alternatives...also, hubby has me looking into something that has to do with fasting...i will let you know what i find out and IF i do it, HOW it works...<3<3

  4. Congrats on loosing 53lbs. Did you follow a regular workout plan with the diet?

  5. Thanks Jo...let me know!

    Thanks Tamtam...With losing every pound of the 53 I did exercise at least 3 times a week, for at least an hour in a gym.

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  7. Hi, I was wondering if you're doing the military diet back to back, or doing the 3 days on and 4 days off plan? Also, have you lost more doing it since this post?

    1. I was doing the 3 days on and 4 days off, but during those 4 days off I was exercising as much as possible. I have updated my blog (finally) to let my readers know about my weight loss...not so good...but totally my fault.

  8. Replies
    1. Mary, you can. I wouldn't recommend it. Because this diet is created to clean out your body of toxins and boost up your metabolism and your body doesn't know how to process most sweeteners. IF you do use them, use something like Stevia or Truvia. Good Luck!

  9. co worker and I have just started today...looking forward to posting great results. :)))))))

    1. Good luck Cathy! Let me know how you and your friend did!

  10. this page has substutions for anything people might not like that is in the original Military diet :)

    Im starting on Saturday! I cant wait! :)

    1. Thank you for sharing that! Good Luck, let me know how you do!

  11. I am on day 3 of the military diet and the worst part for me is the headaches and nausea. I assume these are both from my body trying to detox. I haven't dared to weigh myself yet. I'll do it tomorrow morning, but I am planning to do the 3 days on 4 days off until I reach my goal weight. I can only hope that I won't feel as sick during my 3 days next week. Thank you for blogging and congrats on the weight loss!

  12. hello there! my mom and aunt and me started our diet two days ago, that means today we're on our third day BUT... we've been drinking black coffee with our breakfast and dinner! Because in the page i found the diet it said so, well... now that you know that, do you think we cane loose as many pounds as you did (7 in three days) drinking caffeine everyday? WE're like addicted to it and wouldn't like to leave it during our diet. Thanks!

    1. Whoa, Patutsii Pop, the tea or caffeine is only for the 1st day and only for breakfast and lunch.

      I just started - today is Day 1, and being Spanish cooking for the family is really tempting. Came to this site for continuous inspiration.

      I'll post my results. Yesterday - Day 0 I weight 151.5.

    2. Sorry I didn't reply sooner. I did the entire diet and lost 1 pound. I think you need to exercise for this diet to see full results.

    3. Marlena, that's Gosh awful...Did you follow the diet to a 'T?' If not, what did you do differently?

  13. Hi guys, I am planning a trip to JA on Friday and I'm looking forward to at least a 5lb weightloss. Today is day 01! Wish me luck!


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  15. Wow! Congratulations in losing 7 pounds! :o)I did the 3 day military diet last week and lost 6 pounds! But, I can't deny that it's difficult at the start. Maybe my body is not used to consuming less calories than before. Although what's great about the diet is the affordability of the food. No fancy preparation or cooking, too.
    This week when I go on this diet again, I hope to lose 6 pounds more. My vacation with friends is coming up in about 3 weeks and I want to look great in any outfit! :o)
    I plan to replace the hotdogs with lean cuts of beef or chicken. Same is true with vanilla ice cream. I had that last week so I'm going for the yogurt this time.
    Thanks for the great article and here's a good resource page for anyone still interested to try the diet. The diet works, you just have to stick with it and focus on your goals to lose weight. Here's the page

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