Welcome back! It’s the 3 and final day of the Military Diet and this was the hardest day yet. If you are just joining this discussion start here at day 1.
This person behind this diet is a mastermind who loves to torture people. It starts out so simple with moderate-sized meals that keep you full. Then it drops down to insane levels of food: a piece of toast and egg for lunch? A CAN OF CHICKEN for dinner????
When you begin this diet you don’t really pay attention to day 3. Sure it seems a little light, but that’s allllll the way at day 3. And there’s ice-cream for Pete’s Sake!
When you get to day 3 you realize how ridiculous it really is.
Day 3 breakfast starts with a fizzle: 1 slice of cheddar cheese, 5 saltine crackers, and 1 small apple. You how I said I’m not a big early breakfast person? Well that’s when you have eaten properly the day before. By day 3 I was salivating for something a bit heartier and a slice of cheese didn’t cut it.
I can’t be too hard on this breakfast though. If you were properly nourished the day before it really wouldn’t be that bad.
This is where the real disappointment came in. A piece of toast and 1 hardboiled egg. Again, maybe if I had had a big breakfast or was going to have a big dinner this would have been okay. But I was looking at a can of chicken for dinner and my soul was crying.
By dinner I was starving. Like gnawing on my sleeve starving. I was having hallucinations of blueberry pancakes and Papa John’s Pizza. I knew a tiny can of that gross mushy chicken was not going to cut it.
Okay, so I didn’t follow the diet here. Don’t hate me! I just couldn’t. I couldn’t force myself to eat that gross chicken again.
BUT – I didn’t go for the pancakes or pizza. I substituted something that I felt could have been dinner on day 3 (if the creator of the military diet wasn’t a masochist). I had boiled broccoli and carrots (just like dinner from day 2) and a hardboiled egg. See? Not so bad? Still insanely small – but I needed the nutrients from the veggies and I got the protein from the egg.
I tried waiting for the ice-cream, but I ended up scarfing that down right after dinner. And I had a handful of blueberries instead of the ½ banana (I couldn’t eat another banana after the last 2 days).
I’d like to say that was it for the day, but shamefully it wasn’t. I broke down and had a couple pieces of dark chocolate. I would have had a slice of cheese and a couple crackers to go with that, but Nick shamed me back to reality.
This diet had its ups and downs. Day one was pretty easy, but it quickly got more challenging. The hardest part is dinner, or more precisely, not snacking after dinner. Day 3 was a bitch. It was not nearly enough food.
Here is the breakdown of calories in Day 3:
If I would have followed the meal plan exactly, I would have eaten 750.5 calories
With my substitutions, I ate 901 calories
Based on my height, current weight, and exercise level the amount of calories I should be eating to LOSE weight should be between 1150 – 1350 calories.
Weight Loss: 1 pound
One freaking pound. That means I lost a grand total of 2 pounds in 3 days on this diet. That’s a far cry from the 10 pounds promised.
Obviously this diet isn’t something you can maintain for a while. I have seen some sites say you should rotate between these 3 days and 4 days on a restricted 1500 calorie diet. But I really don’t know how doable that is. Day 3 has some major things wrong with it. If you’re thinking about going on this diet longer than 3 days I would seriously reconsider. Use it as a guideline and create your own meal plan from it. Bulk up days 2 and 3 with healthy veggies and try to add some variety to it. Bananas, Toast, and Chicken get pretty boring.
This diet wasn’t all bad though. I did lose 2 pounds and it made me reconsider my eating habits.
I thought I was a pretty healthy eater. I eat small portions, I stop when I’m full, I cut out junk food, and I don’t drink soda. I’m also pretty active. I just didn’t get why I was slowly gaining weight. Now I do – SNACKING.
I’m a big snacker, and it wasn’t until I was forced to stop snacking that I realized exactly how much I do snack. I’ll walk by the fridge and take a handful of blueberries, or nibble on a few pretzels with cream cheese. I’ll grab a handful of cereal while I’m watching TV or chew on a granola bar while reading a book. The urge to grab something little and munch was second nature. I didn’t even realize I was doing it sometimes. And I snacked, not because I was truly hungry, but just because I wanted to taste something (I swear those food TV commercials do something to our brains).
I thought because it was just a bite here and there and because they were mostly healthy snacks it wasn’t doing any harm. But it does. That’s the biggest thing I learned from this diet. If you’re truly hungry, eat something (starving yourself isn’t the answer either) but make sure you are actually hungry before you start snacking. Make a conscious decision to have a snack. Don’t just mindlessly grab something when you pass by the kitchen. Think about what you’re body actually wants. You may just be dehydrated – drink some water.
So, I didn’t lose 10 pounds, but I think I realized what was really weighing me down. So I’m going to call this diet a success.