Three Day Military Diet

So, I’m going on vacay soon with the hubs… to the Keys in Florida. i.e. I will be in a bathing suit for a week… insert panic face!! We do this vacation every year or so because hubs’ cousin lives there. She’s so fun to be around and makes you feel like you’re the coolest person she’s ever met. She honestly doesn’t know a stranger!

Anyway, I’m still struggling to shed this baby weight. A big part of that is me… I do really great for a while and then struggle on the weekend to maintain my progress. Another part is the fact that I’m breastfeeding and my body hates losing weight when I’m breastfeeding… yeah, I’m totally NOT one of those women who has weight effortlessly melt off when I breastfeed. Seriously? How unfair!

I digress… FINALLY, the weight seems to be moving… slowly, but surely. I’m down ten pounds since October and seven of that was just in the last month! So, in looking for an added boost to lose as much as humanly possible in the next few weeks before vacation, I stumbled upon the military diet. I thought I would share my experience with you all.

The Three Day Military Diet is meant to be very strict for three days. No snacking, no eating anything other than what is on the list. Which is hard, but also kind of nice. There is no guess work. They give you very specific quantities and types of food. It’s all very basic food too… nothing you wouldn’t normally eat. Well, nothing I wouldn’t normally eat. They strongly emphasize working out on AT LEAST two of the three days. After three days of very strict eating, you have the next four days to eat healthy on your own. Then, you begin again. You do this cycle for four weeks and then you are on your own with eating healthy and exercising. So, here is the meal list:

DAY ONE:

Breakfast

3day diet day 1

  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • 1 piece of toast
  • 2 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1 cup of caffeinated tea or coffee (I don’t drink coffee, so I did black tea)
  • CALORIES: 302

Breakfast on day one was good. I don’t normally eat that sort of thing for breakfast so it was a nice change of pace. I felt very full afterwards. I also have a ton of energy right now even though I didn’t get a lot of sleep. Disclaimer: I also worked out this morning and I don’t normally drink caffeine. So, those two things definitely helped.

 Lunch

3day diet day 1 2

  • 1/2 cup tuna
  • 1 piece of toast
  • I cup caffeinated tea of coffee (this is the last time you drink anything caffeinated)
  • CALORIES: 200

Lunch on day one was a little dry! It didn’t taste bad at all, but I’m not a huge bread person and I’ve never had tuna without mayo in it. All in all, it was ok and I felt satisfied once I was done.

Dinner

3day diet day 1 3

  • 1 small apple
  • 3oz of any meat you want
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup green beans
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream
  • Water
  • CALORIES: 595

Dinner on day one was big! I was kind of surprised. I used some leftover sliders we had and I couldn’t get all the cheese off. I also only had two ounces of meat. So, I did alter it a bit in that sense. Also, Olive stole one of the apple slices. I also discovered that one cup of ice cream (not pictures) is a lot! I’m not complaining though.

I finished day one strong… no cheating by snacking after dinner (which is my downfall)!

DAY TWO

This morning, I worked out again (I’m currently doing the 30 Day Shred challenge) and weighed in….. 3.2 POUNDS DOWN FROM THE DAY BEFORE! Woo hoo – off to a good start!

Breakfast

3day diet day 2 1

  • 1 egg (prepared any way you want)
  • 1 piece of toast
  • 1/2 banana
  • Water
  • CALORIES: 185

This morning I had a fried egg on toast with half a banana. It was pretty good. It was a little dry… like I said, I don’t love bread as a go to food. The egg was good and the banana was excellent. I like this meal because it feels like something I would normally eat (except I’d probably add cheese because I love cheese). I did use pepper to season the egg… I’m not sure if I was allowed, but it’s zero calories and I avoided adding salt so I think it’s ok.

Lunch

3day diet day 2 2

  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 hard-boiled egg
  • 5 saltine crackers
  • Water
  • CALORIES: 328

I admit… I was really hungry after this morning’s breakfast. So, I don’t know if that’s what it was, but lunch was very satisfying. I feel full, but not stuffed. I haven’t had a hard-boiled egg in so long so I really enjoyed that. Plus, I love cottage cheese. The saltiness of the saltine was AWESOME too. All in all, it was one of my favorites so far, which kind of surprised me.

Side note: Don’t pack your saltines in with the piece of bread when you go to work unless you like squishy saltines 🙂

Dinner:

3day diet day 2 3

  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 2 hot dogs (no buns)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream
  • Water
  • CALORIES: 698

So, this meal was really pretty good. It feels like the dinners are pretty random, but they are all things I would eat normally so I’m not going to complain. It felt weird eating hot dogs and ice cream as part of a dessert.

DAY THREE:

I worked out this morning again. I weighed in 0.6 pounds down from the morning before. Which is not nearly as impressive as the day before, but I’ll take it!

Breakfast

3day diet day 3 1

  • 5 saltine crackers
  • 2 oz of cheese (I did sharp cheddar)
  • 1 small apple
  • Water
  • CALORIES: 345

I actually really like this breakfast. I LOVE cheese. It was a nice combination of sweet (apples), salty (crackers), and just plain YUMMY (cheese). So, it was off to a good start.

Lunch

3day diet day 3 2

  • 1 egg (prepared any way you want)
  • 1 piece of toast
  • Water
  • CALORIES: 152

I won’t lie… I was feeling a little hungry by lunch time. Can you tell? I took a bite out of my lunch before I realized I hadn’t taken a picture! LOL All in all, the lunch was good because it was something I would normally eat… egg and toast. However, it was small. I finished feeling like… oh God, what else can I eat? I almost gave up, but I stayed strong!

Dinner

3day diet day 3 3

  • 1 cup of tuna
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream
  • Water
  • CALORIES: 613

Dinner was a welcome sight even though it wasn’t the most appetizing combination on the planet. Who eats tuna and banana at the same time? However, I was just THAT hungry that I was excited. I felt better after I ate… in fact, I didn’t finish all of the tuna because I was full. Plus, tuna is pretty dry on its own!

CONCLUSION:

I lost a total of 5.4 pounds doing the three day military diet! I think that’s pretty amazing for three days. I plan on doing it again next week and again the next 🙂 It was hard only eating three times a day. Day three was the hardest for me because lunch and dinner were just small and/or not very appetizing, but it was worth it in the end to have a nice little pick me up in terms of weight loss!

Side note: My friend did this with me and she didn’t lose as much. The only difference was that she split her meals up or switched the order. So, I’m not sure if that makes a difference, but I figured I’d share!

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