What is The Military Diet?
You’ve probably heard you can lose ten pounds in three days on the Military Diet. Is it true? If it is, how does it work?
Especially when it goes by another name: the Ice Cream Diet.
Is this real life? Yes, yes it is.
So, let’s get to it, recruits.
What is the military diet?
The Military Diet
The military diet, also called the 3 Day Diet, is a plan where you severely restrict intake for 3 days and then eat up to 1,500 calories for 4 days and cycle back on.
It claims you can lose up to 10 pounds a week and 30 pounds in a month.
Yes, you read that right….10 pounds in a week.
While we can all probably attest to the fact that you can GAIN ten pounds in a week, losing that much in a week is another animal.
Here’s how the plan is laid out:
For three days, your total caloric intake is usually fewer than 1,000 calories. If you know anything about weight loss, you know it’s all about burning more calories than you consume. And it’s easy when you drop 1,000 calories per day from your intake.
Here’s your first three days of food on the military diet.
Day 1 Military Diet Food List
For breakfast you’ll eat 220 calories as you consume coffee or tea with a half grapefruit and slice of toast with peanut butter.
For lunch-a mere 185 calories with toast, tuna and tea.
For dinner, another 220 calories scarfing down a savory cup o’ green beans, ½ banana, apple, 100 grams of lean meat and a scoop of ice cream. It sounds like a lot, but the serving sizes are not large.
Day 2 Military Diet Food List
Start day two of the military diet off with an egg, slice of toast, and ½ banana.
For lunch, a ½ cup cottage cheese, an egg and five crackers. Five.
For dinner, you get 2 hot dogs (no buns), a cup of broccoli, ½ cup of carrots, a banana and of course a small cup of vanilla ice cream.
That brings your total to 974 calories.
Day 3 Military Diet Food List
Start your day with 5 crackers, a slice of cheese and a small apple.
For lunch munch on an egg and a slice of toast.
For dinner, grab a ½ cup of tuna, ½ banana and a cup of vanilla ice cream.
In between—NO SNACKS. NOTHING.
Are you allowed to eat jelly doughnuts, Private Pyle?
Sir, No Sir!
If you want coffee, it must be black. No sugar, no nothin’. You got that?
Sir, Yes Sir!
Why is it Called the Military Diet?
We cannot trace this back to any military plan, program or diet. Period.
It was likely called the military diet because you need some wicked dedication and commitment to follow along with ~1,000 calorie per day diet that has the personality of a rock.
In fact, if we were the betting type, we’d lay a buck on the fact that the Military probably has WAAAY healthier and more nourishing food to provide energy its members need to get through grueling days that test their limits.
Does the Military Diet Work?
Well, it CAN work… but….
Well, here’s something you won’t like Private Snowball: Promises of losing 10 pounds in three days is a red flag.
Here’s why—IF you lose that much in three days—it’s probably mostly water. That will come right back when you start nourishing and hydrating yourself again.
Think about a sponge that is dried out—when you pour water on it, it fills back out, right?
Sir, Yes SIR.
So will your body.
Additionally, there is no requirement for exercise on this ‘diet’. If you’re aiming to lose weight and health is not a concern, you have more than a weight problem.
Where did this 3 Day Diet Come From?
A place where there are lots of ads and empty promises, that’s where. Just kidding. We’re not sure. If you do research online, its like a wild goose chase. No nutritionist, author or person is attributed to it. No military affiliation is associated to it. It’s just there…on a website
Should you try it? It’s up to you. If you’re not worried about getting in your recommended protein and veggie intake, or caloric intake, for that matter—feel free.
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Now that you know—you know.