Military Diet: Lose Up to Ten Pounds in Three Days

Updated on June 10, 2018
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Carisa lives in Oklahoma with her family. She received this menu through a military officer and now wishes to make it available for anyone.

The Original Three-Day Diet Plan

Since I first published the Military Diet diet online in 2007, countless people around the world have used it successfully to lose weight. Although there are copycats, this is the original, which is important because even a small change to this diet can set you up for poor results.

How to Lose Weight in 3 Days

  • Follow the diet exactly! I cannot stress this enough. The foods on the menu work together to boost metabolism, provide energy, help with sugar swings, and jump-start the fat-burning process. The diet must be followed for three consecutive days.
  • Weigh yourself on the morning of the first day, but not again until the morning of the fourth day. Take your measurements too. If you gain muscle, you may not weigh less but you may lose inches. Weight can also fluctuate unpredictably (and make you discouraged). This is important so that you stay focused and positive.
  • In three days you should lose up to 10 pounds. Some people report losing more than that, others less. Every metabolism is different!
  • After three days, eat as you normally do, but don’t over-do it!
  • No snacking between meals! Eat all foods listed for a meal at mealtime. Don't save anything for snacks. You're trying to re-wire your metabolism!
  • You can repeat the diet, but take a break and eat normally for at least four days before beginning it again. You could lose up to 40 pounds in a month if you follow these guidelines precisely.

Is the Military Diet sustainable?

Nutrition experts caution that for many, this diet will not lead to long-term weight loss. "The highest likelihood of success comes with changing as little as possible to get your weight down, not overhauling everything," says Dr. Charlie Seltzer, a physician in Philadelphia with a specialty in weight loss. "Over time, small, sustainable changes equals big sustainable, weight loss."

Having said that, this three-day diet can work to jump-start a weight-loss plan.

Doctor Approval for Dieting

Before starting this or any diet, check with your doctor. Read on for facts and information, but whether this diet is right for you is up to you and your physician.

The Three-Day Military Diet Menu Plan

Day One
Day Two
Day Three
Breakfast (297 calories)
Breakfast (182 calories)
Breakfast (369 calories)
1/2 grapefruit
1 egg (any style)
5 saltine crackers
1 slice toast with 2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 slice of toast
1 slice cheddar cheese
caffeinated coffee or tea
1/2 banana
1 small apple
 
 
 
Lunch (157 calories)
Lunch (297 calories)
Lunch (132 calories)
1/2 cup tuna
1 cup cottage cheese
1 hardboiled egg
1 slice toast
1 hardboiled egg
1 slice toast
caffeinated coffee or tea
5 saltine crackers
 
 
 
 
Dinner (767 calories)
Dinner (660 calories)
Dinner (342 calories)
3 ounces meat (your choice)
2 hot dogs (without buns)
1 cup tuna
1 cup green beans
1 cup broccoli
1/2 banana
1/2 banana
1/2 cup carrots
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
1 small apple
1/2 banana
 
1 cup vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
 

Three-Day Military Diet Shopping List

Protein

  • Tuna, fresh or canned in water, 2 cans
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Beef or turkey hot dogs. Avoid mixed meat wieners with fillers.
  • Cottage cheese
  • Meat of any type, including (but not limited to) seafood, beef, pork, or poultry. If using canned or deli meat, look for low-sodium.
  • Peanut butter, crunchy or smooth

Carbohydrates

  • Any type of bread, but whole wheat is best.
  • Saltine or plain soda crackers

Fruit and Vegetables

  • Grapefruit
  • Green beans
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Bananas
  • Small apples

Drinks

  • Caffeinated coffee and/or tea

Other

  • Vanilla ice cream

You can add Splenda to sweeten your black coffee or tea, but don't use any milk.
You can add Splenda to sweeten your black coffee or tea, but don't use any milk.

Allowed Beverages

  • Caffeinated coffee or black tea for the first two meals of day one only. No added sugar or milk.
  • Water only from then on. Here is what to aim for: Take half of your weight in pounds and drink at least that many ounces of water. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, drink at least 80 ounces of water per day (more if you exercise vigorously).
  • Sugar-free hot chocolate made with water, not milk.

Stay Well Hydrated!

Take half of your weight (in pounds) and drink at least that many ounces of water. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, drink at least 80 ounces of water per day.

It's day one! Get started right with a good breakfast of grapefruit, toast, peanut butter, and tea or coffee.
It's day one! Get started right with a good breakfast of grapefruit, toast, peanut butter, and tea or coffee.

Breakfast Day One

Meal Calories: 297
1/2 grapefruit
1 slice toast
2 tablespoons peanut butter
coffee or tea (any brew, as long as it's caffeinated)
Use either smooth or crunchy peanut butter.
Use either smooth or crunchy peanut butter.

Lunch Day One

Meal Calories: 157
1/2 cup tuna
1 slice toast
coffee or tea (black, with splenda if desired)
Wheat toast is best.
Wheat toast is best.

Dinner Day One

Meal Calories: 767
3 ounces meat (any type)
1 cup green beans (cook in broth for a delicious flavor)
1/2 banana
1 small apple
1 cup vanilla ice cream (today it's a cup of ice cream but for the next two days it's 1/2 cup)
water

Day One Calorie Intake: 1,221 calories.

Be sure to prepare your chicken without any added fat.
Be sure to prepare your chicken without any added fat.
Starting today, drink only water.
Starting today, drink only water.

Breakfast Day Two

Meal Calories: 182
1 egg (cooked in any manner)
1 slice toast
1/2 banana
water
Prepare your egg any way you like.
Prepare your egg any way you like.

Lunch Day Two

Meal Calories: 297
1 cup cottage cheese (or 2 ounces cheddar cheese)
1 hardboiled egg
5 saltine crackers
water
If you don't like cottage cheese, substitute with a slice (2 ounces) of cheddar cheese.
If you don't like cottage cheese, substitute with a slice (2 ounces) of cheddar cheese.

Dinner Day Two

Meal Calories: 660
2 hot dogs (no buns)
1 cup broccoli
1/2 cup carrots
1/2 banana
1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream
water
Feel free to add mustard, relish, and the other additions listed below to your meals.
Feel free to add mustard, relish, and the other additions listed below to your meals.

Day Two Calorie Intake: 1,139 calories.

Beef or turkey hot dogs are best.
Beef or turkey hot dogs are best.
You're nearly done! Be sure to stay hydrated today. Remember: If you want to replace the cheddar cheese for breakfast, you can substitute a cup of cottage cheese or 2 ounces of ham.
You're nearly done! Be sure to stay hydrated today. Remember: If you want to replace the cheddar cheese for breakfast, you can substitute a cup of cottage cheese or 2 ounces of ham.

Breakfast Day Three

Meal Calories: 369
5 saltine crackers
1 slice cheddar cheese (2 ounces)
1 small apple
water
If you prefer cottage cheese, substitute it for the cheddar cheese.
If you prefer cottage cheese, substitute it for the cheddar cheese.

Lunch Day Three

Meal Calories: 132
1 hardboiled egg
1 slice toast
water
A little salt and pepper perk up a hardboiled egg.
A little salt and pepper perk up a hardboiled egg.

Dinner Day Three

Meal Calories: 342
1 cup tuna
1/2 banana
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
water

Day Three Calorie Intake: 843 calories.

Enjoy your last meal on the Military Diet!
Enjoy your last meal on the Military Diet!

Substitutions

Five ounces of a meal replacement shake or two ounces of low-fat yogurt with 1/2 teaspoon flax seed can be substituted for a slice of toast.
Five ounces of a meal replacement shake or two ounces of low-fat yogurt with 1/2 teaspoon flax seed can be substituted for a slice of toast.

The foods recommended for this diet work together to boost metabolism, so it is not recommended that you substitute any foods. The results are not guaranteed and the diet may not work if not followed precisely.

If you must find an alternative to a food on the diet for a health or medical reason, here are the best choices with the same nutritional value.

Three-Day Military Diet Substitutions List

Gluten-Free Substitutions

  • 1 ounce (1/8 cup) sunflower kernels. Note that sunflower kernels are naturally gluten-free but don't choose the Planters brand as there are traces of gluten.
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) low-fat yogurt with 1/2 teaspoon flax seeds.

Vegetarian Substitutions

  • Same amount of cottage cheese for tuna.
  • Same amount of tofu for tuna.
  • Almonds or peanuts.
  • Flax or pumpkin seeds.
  • Veggie hot dogs.
  • Any type of beans or lentils (4 ounces per frank).

Other Substitutions

  • 1/2 of a high protein bar for toast.
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened whole grain cereal for toast.
  • 5 ounces of meal replacement shake for toast.
  • Can substitute chicken for tuna.
  • Can substitute strawberry or vanilla flavored milk (but not chocolate) for ice cream.
  • Can substitute low-fat yogurt with fruit for ice cream.
  • Can substitute apple juice for ice cream.
  • Can substitute bratwurst for hot dogs.
  • Feel free to substitute soy or sunflower seed butter, or sunflower kernels, for the same measurement of peanut butter.

A Couple Ideas to Make the Most of a Few Ingredients

Cook the green beans with the meat or simmer in broth.
Cook the green beans with the meat or simmer in broth.
Warm the apple and/or banana and pour over the ice cream. Yum!
Warm the apple and/or banana and pour over the ice cream. Yum!

Additional Foods and Spices Allowed

  • Splenda
  • Small amounts of mustard
  • Small amounts of relish
  • Lemon pepper
  • Sugar-free gum and mints
  • Salt and pepper but no other seasoning
  • Broth

To swap out the grapefruit, mix 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in a glass of water. Drink the mixture at least 30 minutes before eating and have a different piece of fruit, preferably a citrus fruit, with your meal.

To swap out the grapefruit, mix 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in a glass of water. Drink the mixture at least 30 minutes before eating and have a different piece of fruit, preferably a citrus fruit, with your meal.
To swap out the grapefruit, mix 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in a glass of water. Drink the mixture at least 30 minutes before eating and have a different piece of fruit, preferably a citrus fruit, with your meal.

One kiwi, one cup of papaya, or two whole apricots can be substituted for 1/2 banana.

One kiwi, one cup of papaya, or two whole apricots can be substituted for 1/2 banana.
One kiwi, one cup of papaya, or two whole apricots can be substituted for 1/2 banana.

A good substitute for tuna is a same-sized portion of cottage cheese.

A good substitute for tuna is a same-sized portion of cottage cheese.
A good substitute for tuna is a same-sized portion of cottage cheese.

Substitute two slices of bacon, a cup of milk, one chicken wing, or 1/4 seeds or nuts for a whole cooked egg.

Substitute two slices of bacon, a cup of milk, one chicken wing, or 1/4 seeds or nuts for a whole cooked egg.
Substitute two slices of bacon, a cup of milk, one chicken wing, or 1/4 seeds or nuts for a whole cooked egg.

To swap out green beans, have three cups of fresh (or one cup cooked and drained) spinach, a salad of lettuce and a few cherry tomatoes, or the same measurement of just tomatoes.

To swap out green beans, have three cups of fresh (or one cup cooked and drained) spinach, a salad of lettuce and a few cherry tomatoes, or the same measurement of just tomatoes.
To swap out green beans, have three cups of fresh (or one cup cooked and drained) spinach, a salad of lettuce and a few cherry tomatoes, or the same measurement of just tomatoes.

Substitute two ounces cheddar cheese for one cup of cottage cheese. If you don't want cheddar cheese, you can have two eggs or two ounces of ham.

Substitute two ounces cheddar cheese for one cup of cottage cheese. If you don't want cheddar cheese, you can have two eggs or two ounces of ham.
Substitute two ounces cheddar cheese for one cup of cottage cheese. If you don't want cheddar cheese, you can have two eggs or two ounces of ham.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Repeat the Military Diet to Lose More Weight?

If you want to repeat the Military Diet, eat normally for at least four days before doing the three-day diet again. You could lose up to 40 pounds in a month if you follow these guidelines precisely.

How Do I Make the Most of the Four Days Off?

Eat balanced, healthy meals on the days off. You'll get faster, better results if you don't go crazy and load up the calories during this period. In fact, your weight-loss will be more sustainable if you use the days off to develop healthy, long-term eating habits. For example:

  • Keep your protein sources light (salmon and chicken breast are the best meat choices).
  • Eat low-sugar and high-fiber fruits and vegetables at every meal.
  • Make sure your carbohydrate choices are whole-grain.
  • Stay hydrated!
  • Avoid added sugars.

Is the 3-Day Diet an Intermittent Fasting Diet?

No, because there are no periods of fasting. It could be considered a very low-calorie diet though because the daily calorie intake is below the recommended 1,500 daily calories recommended for weight loss.

Isn't Most of the Weight-Loss Water Weight? What About Losing Fat?

Especially if you are very overweight, your initial weight-loss will be water. If you repeat the diet, however, and begin to generally improve your eating habits (even on your days off) you will begin to burn fat because you will be consuming fewer calories than you burn for energy.

Is This Diet Recommended by the American Heart Association?

No, it isn't. However, several readers mention (in the comments below) that heart doctors have recommended using a diet similar to this one to help them lose weight quickly before surgery. To me, that just reinforces the effectiveness of the concept.

Some great weight-loss exercises include jogging, walking briskly, using an elliptical machine, swimming, jumping rope, and using a treadmill.
Some great weight-loss exercises include jogging, walking briskly, using an elliptical machine, swimming, jumping rope, and using a treadmill.

The 3-Day Diet With Exercise

Many readers ask whether they should exercise on this diet. The answer is yes! Remember, this diet is used by the military and you don't find those people sitting on their rumps!

The type and duration of exercise you choose depends on your current activity level and how lean you are.

If you are severely overweight, you might choose a brisk walk around the block. That’s great—just keep moving! You may only be able to walk around the block this week, but next week you can try two!

If you are already active and have more muscle, go ahead and push yourself. You'll gain even more muscle and the more muscle you gain, the more you can exercise! You'll look leaner and more toned and will be much healthier in general.

Some great weight-loss exercises include:

  • jogging
  • walking briskly
  • using an elliptical machine
  • swimming
  • jumping rope
  • using a treadmill

Of course it's always wise, and recommended, to discuss your exercise program with a doctor, especially if you have medical/health conditions.

Where I Got the Idea for the 3-Day Diet

How did I come up with all of this?

A military gentleman who attended our church some years back introduced me to this diet. He said that military recruits use this diet when they need to get in shape quickly. Since then I’ve done extensive research and heard from countless people who have tried this plan. Combined with my own personal trial and error, the diet that follows is carefully tested and includes advice to help you succeed. Feel confident and see the results for yourself!

Take half of your weight (in pounds) and drink at least that many ounces of water every day.
Take half of your weight (in pounds) and drink at least that many ounces of water every day.

I'm Afraid of Yo-Yo Dieting!

Whether you repeat the Military Diet after four days off or not, gaining the weight back is a concern. If you eat cheesecake and candy bars instead of fruit, you may indeed gain it back!

However, it doesn't have to be that way. Keep up your good eating habits and stay active and you will keep the weight off.

For help staying focused, I suggest this free service: My Fitness Pal. This online tool can be used with a computer or mobile device to help you keep track of what you eat. It's easy and will help you stay on track. You can keep track of exercise, too.

How to Keep the Weight Off

  • Continue to drink your water as before. Here’s what to aim for: Take half of your weight (in pounds) and drink at least that many ounces of water. For example if you weigh 160 pounds, drink at least 80 ounces of water per day (more if you exercise vigorously).
  • Take dietary supplements including a good multi-vitamin/mineral supplement. Some other good choices are Omega 3, herbal system cleansers, and food enzymes. (DO NOT take supplements during the three days of the diet unless recommended by a healthcare provider).
  • Keep up the exercise!
  • Continue eating nutrition-packed food, although in more variety.
  • If you plan to continue the Military Diet, use your four days off to refocus and prepare for the three days back on by shopping, cooking ahead of time, and ridding the house of tempting foods.

Get Support

Whether it's a family member, a weight-loss support group, the Three Day, Military Diet Facebook page, or the comments section below, reach out if you have questions or need motivation. Also, return the favor to others. You may be the one that gives someone the exact words they need to succeed!

Military Diet Success Stories

These are people just like you who found success using the Military Diet. I'm sure that the stories featured here will inspire and motivate you to achieve your own goals.

Becca: Salem, Oregon

Becca lost 87.2 pounds through diet and exercise.
Becca lost 87.2 pounds through diet and exercise.

"I'm sure that the Military Diet has saved my life! Let’s be honest: Weighing 332.2 lbs at age 32 isn't much of a life. I was an active person, but still it took a lot of oomph to get me moving and feeling good!

Since I have found and started this meal plan, it has been an amazing adventure! I have dropped weight, increased my activity level, and I feel more confident with myself in everything I do. In March, 2012, while I was still at my highest weight, I completed my first 5K. Then, by walking, doing cardio hip hop, and watching what I ate, I managed to lose 20 pounds. However, when the scale stopped going down I thought I was stuck.

That July, I started this amazing, three-day diet. I told myself that it's only three days, I’ll give it a shot. In the first week, I was down 10 lbs. The weight just kept melting away. I am now down almost 70 lbs. (67.2lbs). I've done this in two months with a few weeks off for vacation and getting back into our school routine. That’s a total of 87.2 lbs since March! I just finished my fifth 5K and have plans of working toward a half marathon! I would have never imagined doing this had I not found this amazing meal plan."

Way to go, Becca! We're proud of you. We'll keep watching for your updates of progress. You’re such an inspiration to us all!

Perla: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Perla lost 80 pounds through diet and regular workouts.
Perla lost 80 pounds through diet and regular workouts.

"I'm a military wife and a mother of three children. Being a military wife is hard, so I found myself turning to food every time I felt sad, worried, or depressed. Because of this, I ballooned to 278 pounds. I was shocked that I had let myself get that unhealthy!

Thankfully, the Military Diet gave me the boost that I needed. In February, 2012, I began following this plan religiously and also combined workouts four times a week. Now, I have managed to lose a total of 80 pounds!

So I say, 'Everything is possible, never give up!'"

Congratulations, Perla! Your experience is an inspiration!

Renee: Grain Valley, Missouri

"Before the birth of my second child, my max weight was 241 pounds. I had gained double the weight with my second pregnancy, but had just accepted the weight gain as being healthy for myself and my baby girl. I was thinking that I would be able to lose it with no problem. Then, at my six week postpartum checkup, I was only down to 216 pounds. I thought to myself, "OK, now that it's been six weeks since my baby was born, I can get back on my exercise routine and lose this weight. No more of those, 'You just had a baby' excuses." Well, I got lazy, and my eating habits didn't change as I thought they would. I would catch myself eating double portions and getting second helpings to the cake, cookies, and all the other "good" stuff.

I was going through some photos on our Ipad one day and I thought to myself, "Oh my . . . who is that lady sitting on our couch?" Looking closer, I realized it was ME! It was heartbreaking that I didn't even recognize myself. My three year old son had candidly taken a picture of me that evening. I'm so glad he did because that was the turning point for me. I had to do something. Only I can change this, right?

One day, as I was browsing on Pinterest, I noticed a link to this article. I was thinking, "WOW! Is this for real? It's probably just another diet that won't work for me." After reading into it further, I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad that I did and that I stayed committed. I never gave up no matter how hungry I was. It changed my life in every way! Now, I don't avoid mirrors anymore. I am getting rid of clothes that are too big, rather than too small. I feel better mentally, physically, and emotionally. I have confidence now that I've never carried with me before! I'm healthier, and just feel better all the way around; more than I have in my entire life! Another thing that makes this experience even better for me is that I just received my lab results from my physician yesterday, and they are better than they have ever been!

I just completed my 15th week and had my weigh-in this morning. I am proud to say that I've reached my weight loss goal of 45 pounds! I am so proud of myself for staying committed to this diet plan and to my exercise routine.

I once read a quote on this diet's Facebook page that has stuck with me ever since: "Life isn't a remote. So get up and change it yourself." That's exactly what I did and I will never regret it.

So now I say to you, 'Stay committed and NEVER give up! This diet does work and will work for you!'"

Hooray for Renee! We are all celebrating your success with you!

Please Share!

I encourage everyone to share their experiences and successes in the comment area below. Please feel free to cheer each other on, give helpful tips, make friends, and just have some fun! I hope everyone finds this page useful and that it helps you in your weight loss journey. (As usual, please use good manners and avoid rude comments. Keep it friendly and be polite!

How much weight have you lost on the Three Day, Military Diet? (Please only vote if you've done the diet correctly for at least 3 days).

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Questions & Answers

  • I hate tuna. Is it possible to substitute with canned salmon for this diet plan?

    Your best options for substituting tuna would be to choose another lean protein such as another type of fish, or poultry, such as turkey and/or chicken. Avoid overly processed food choices.

  • I don't drink coffee or tea. Can I replace it with something else or leave it out all together?

    It is very important to follow the plan as precisely as possible since the menu items are strategically placed down to a science to work together. However, sometimes food allergies or intolerances may lead to a substitute.

    The purpose of caffeine is to jump-start the thermogenesis that we're looking for to get the fat burning mode turned on. If you absolutely cannot take caffeine, try taking a B-complex vitamin in the place of the caffeine during the meals that require it.

  • Rather than stopping the diet after the three days, can I continue for longer without stopping?

    The purpose of the four-day break is to add variety and to increase caloric intake to avoid going into starvation mode.

    Some have successfully continued the diet with less break in between, but the key is to listen to your body.

    If you start to experience burnout, or if your weight loss slows considerably, go ahead and take the four-day break to refocus, refuel, and reset your metabolism.

© 2007 Carisa Gourley

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      2 weeks ago

      I hope u will be happy next time , I just started today.

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      lisa 

      4 weeks ago

      Did it and was not happy 2lbs lost . Clearly let me know that this was not for me. i have did the 3 days all red meat no greens with apple cider and lost 5llbs easy. Oh well nice try .i was dedicated

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      Susan 

      2 months ago

      This worked for me. I lost 5 pounds. If I did this again, I would add more food to the last day. It wasn’t enough calories. By the time I finished my workout, I was negative 2 calories from what I was supposed to eat in a day to be healthy. It was a good jump start though.

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      Brenda  

      2 months ago

      I can’t have grapefruit, what can I substitute it with?

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      Geri 

      3 months ago

      great kick start plan. I weight 205 at start. Three days later 196 (same scale). Missed coffee day 2 and 3 but got through it. I kept reminding myself "there is ice cream at the end of the day". I definitely will be repeating this program at least twice a month.

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      AJ 

      4 months ago

      I was skeptical of trying this diet due to multiple articles posted online that were made to debunk the viability of this diet.

      I first started on a Saturday morning, because I found out that I weighed 164 pounds. My weight limit was 165 for the military. My goal was to be at least 10 pounds under the cut off.

      I ate everything it told me to but I did add fresh lemon and pepper to season my dinners.

      On day 3 my weight was down to 157, so i lost a total of 7 pounds: which seems to be the mean of most peoples posted weight lost.

      I'm never the type to leave comments but I'd like to be someone real enough to come forward and say that it worked for me.

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      Malak hesham 

      4 months ago

      I want to start this diet but i have a really messed up sleeping schedule, i sleep at 9 or 10 am and wake up at 6 or 7 pm *because of my work* so when should i eat my meals and if I start by my breakfast at 6 or 7 pm and end it with dinner at 5 am will it work or not

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      Pamela olson 

      5 months ago

      Lost 10 lbs day four

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      Oralee Spivey 

      5 months ago

      I followed this diet to a tee and only lost 0.7 lbs not even a pound. I am 4'7" and petite just overweight. Should I cut the portions in half or cut out some of the items? Please help. I even drank all the water and I hate drinking water.

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      i will start it today 

      5 months ago

      i will start it today

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      Rance 

      6 months ago

      Any PT with this?

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      Rob 

      6 months ago

      I like Half and Half in my coffee. Can I switch the ice cream for my half and half??

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      Kimber 

      7 months ago

      I’ve done this several times with great results. Does it make anyone else’s bowels move more or is it just me? Lol. Seriously. It isn’t bad but I can’t be the only one.

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      Cat 

      7 months ago

      Hey guys. I’m down 6lbs in 1.5 days. With a bit of cardio and a lot of stretching. I’m sure if I do more cardio I’ll cut up more much faster.

      Sub grapefruit with baking in a glass of water followed by a glass of water with lemon/lime.

      I hate broccoli but I steamed it with the carrots tossed in lemon,garlic and pepper. Chopped up the cheese and tossed it after the veggies cooked. It was magical!

      Excited to keep doing this diet. Works if you stay dedicated.

      Just keep thinking of how damn hot you’re gonna look lol

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      Tee-Hi 

      7 months ago

      I hate, loathe, abhor, detest and despise cottage cheese. Since cottage cheese can be eaten in place of tuna, is the reverse also true; may I have tuna in place of cottage cheese?

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      mamagoose711 

      8 months ago

      ROUND 3

      2.6 loss

      Total loss 10.8 pounds in 18 days!

      This has made me more aware of what im eating. I've learned to log my calories on the 4 days off of the military diet. It 's really easy for the calories to add up!

      ill begin Round 4 next week.

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      mamagoose711 

      8 months ago

      UPDATE ROUND 2

      2.6 pounds lost

      Grand Total --------------- 8.2 in 10 days!!!!

      Ill be back here for the next update

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      Deb 

      8 months ago

      Can I just NOT have the ice cream?

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      mamagoose711 

      8 months ago

      Just finished the first round! I lost 5.6 pounds-VERY HAPPY!

      . I followed with the exception of a few things

      -my morning coffee with non-dairy sugar free creamer

      - Salmon instead of the hot dogs.

      -Greek Yogurt instead of ice cream

      I did include a 10 minute exercise routine daily which i will increase over time.

      I will eat similarly for the next 4 days to include salads with proteins and blueberries replacing the apples then I will continue on to round 2.

      I have 25 more pounds to lose. Will update after round 2

      Good Luck Everyone!

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      No broccoli 

      8 months ago

      What can be substituted for broccoli? I can’t have it

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      Sara 

      8 months ago

      I don't eat eggs or fish

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      Di 

      8 months ago from Langley

      What is a substitute for broccoli? I just can't get it past my lips with out gagging.

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      Tisha 

      9 months ago

      What do u sub for grapefruit?

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      Zai 

      9 months ago

      What is substitute for grape fruit?

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      anastasia85 

      9 months ago

      I messed up and ate half a banana instead a boiled egg for the lunch on the second day! :( Will this affect my results? Also, is it necessary to eat all of the ingredients of a meal at once? I saved half my apple from last night's dinner to eat as a snack closer to bed time.. is this ok, chemically?

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      AMK 

      9 months ago

      I am allergic to caffeine. What can I substitute for the caffeinated tea or coffee? Will herbal tea work?

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      Hilary 

      9 months ago

      I’ve done this diet in the past. I was 172 and got down to 150 with this diet and exercise. I just had a baby and gained more weight than i could imagine. I know this diet worked for me before so I’m doing it again! We shall see...

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      Kk 

      10 months ago

      It sounds like a way to add weight

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      Audrey Hunt 

      10 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I've used this diet several times and it works like a charm!

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      Pamela 

      11 months ago

      Will this diet work even with a hypo thyroidism condition?

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      help 

      11 months ago

      whatt if you don't drink coffee or tea

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      Mark C 

      11 months ago

      Followed exactly. No exercise. 12 lb loss.

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      Anna Chasky 

      11 months ago

      Hi! Let’s say I don’t like Grapefruit, do I have too eat the grapefruit in order for the diet to work?

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      Esmeralda Blanco 

      11 months ago

      how old do you have to be for this to work best

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      K paz 

      11 months ago

      I’m allergic to apples. Could I potentially do pineapple? Or what would be the closest substitution? I’m actually allergic to a lot of fruit.

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      Sherry Hoover 

      13 months ago

      I found out I am a diabetic. Can we still do this diet or do we need to do it different.

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      John boudreau 

      13 months ago

      Worked really good for me, But I followed it to the t , Thank you,

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      Fadwa 

      14 months ago

      When you say 1cup, How to measure it exactly in grams?

      I don't have a measuring cup. So i would like to know

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      MICHELLE HOUSTON 

      14 months ago

      Is there a good substitute for the broccoli? I hate it

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      Mark 

      14 months ago

      I lost almost 10 lbs with some modifications.

      Day one breakfast less peanut butter and added 1/4 teaspoon jelly.

      Day one: Lunch as directed

      Day one: Dinner meat was cube steak. Took out apple and made it a whole banana.

      Day two breakfast: As directed

      Day two lunch: Just ate 2 cups cottage cheese

      Day two dinner: Went out with wife for dinner. I had a 8 oz prime rib with no sides. When I got home ate the ice cream and banana

      Day three breakfast: Ate Day one's breakfast. Couldnt eat cheese for breakfast

      Day three lunch: One beef hotdog and one slice of bread

      Day three dinner: As directed

      I drank half my body weight in water the first day but after that just had coffee and water with each meal.

      Took a 3 day cleanse with it but I did not notice any difference from my normal routine.

      I have done this diet many times over the years with various success. Normally between 6-10 lbs. Day two is the hardest and if you eat exactly what is on day three, I have quit. That is the reason I did the modifications this last time.

      Good luck

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      jack 

      14 months ago

      what can I substitute for broccoli

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      Liliann 

      15 months ago

      Hello.. just wanted to say thank you,thank you for sharing this eating plan. I am thrilled to announce that I lost 6 pounds!! I had started. On September 16..and loving my on going efforts with this plan. Have over 100 pounds to shed,and this method will be part of it. It's a structure,portion control and am not looking back!! Thank you so very much for sharing about the military diet.. it works for me and my future lifestyle change. Once again..thank you!!

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      Vanessa 

      15 months ago

      I'm on my third day and I forgot to eat my small apple for breakfast. Is there a problem with eating it with my lunch? Will it make a difference? And is French vanilla ice cream okay?

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      Nicole hays 

      15 months ago

      So I was just wondering on the first 2days u only drink tea or coffee And no water or anything else or do u drink water too

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      Chris L 

      16 months ago

      @Michele 5 weeks ago - YES I did this diet in 1987. Exact same except beets are missing. It works. I'm going to run this diet this week and next week. Mon - Wed each week. I have been exercising a lot and lost 35 lbs in 6 months. Now I need a boost for these last 30 lbs. This Diet does work.

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      This diet was around in the 80s 

      16 months ago

      I used it to lose 20 lbs in 1987. It is verbatim the exact same diet.

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      Classicalpenguin 

      16 months ago

      Are there any good substitutes for the peanut butter, banana, and tuna since I'm allergic to them?

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      Olivia 

      16 months ago

      Does this actually work? Right now I'm on the keto diet where you eat no carbs or sugar. I've been on it for like 8 days and lost 4 and a half pounds. Another 4 days, I wasn't really eating so this made me lose 8.5 pounds total. I'm trying to lose 6 more pounds in the next 6 days for a trip. Will this make me gain weight because I've been on keto and my body is used to it so if I eat carbs or sugar..will I gain or will it still work?

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      Sfhcc 

      16 months ago

      Superb

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      Annmarie 

      16 months ago

      Did everything I was suppose to. Did a fast 45 minute walk in the morning, then did yard work Drank all that water. And lost 1/2 a pound... not happy was a waste of my time. I thought eating ice cream was alittle strange. Had so much hope and now feeling cheated. Not happy!!!

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      AnnMarie Mc 

      16 months ago

      This is the second time I'm doing the military diet. The first time I did it I lost 7 pounds in three days. I can't drink caffeine and I know that is a huge part of this diet, but I still lost weight. Over the first night I lost 4 pounds. I was thrilled with the results so it encouraged me to keep going. I'm glad to say I don't have much to lose but just wanted to feel less bloated... and this diet worked. The third day is tough and you will be a little hungry but it's worth it because you will feel better. I didn't exercise at all during this diet so I may have had better results if I did. I'm a believer and have told a few friends about it. Good luck everyone. It's only 3 days... try it and stick to it! You get to eat hot dogs and ice cream!

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      Russ 

      17 months ago

      What about when the 3 days are up? I have about a month to shift as much weight as possible.

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      Michele 

      17 months ago

      This diet was the biggest craze back in late 80s & 90's. I believe it was called "The Cleveland Clinic diet" & yes I remember having pickled beets w/ some of the dinners. I worked with a bunch of woman that were doing this diet & they claimed it was working for them. Being in my early 20s, my metabolism was so high & had a hard time gaining weight (of course everyone hated me) being 5'2- 115lbs, I decided to to give it a try to see if it did work. I did lose 4lbs. Now, 30 yrs later, 3 children & menopause has striken, & 50lbs heavier, I've decided it's time to try this again. I'm glad there are no beets in this one.That was the only thing I had a hard time with lol! I will post my results! Good luck everyone!

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      Efrain 

      17 months ago

      Would it be ok to drink water with lemon no sugar?

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      Micki 

      17 months ago

      Thank you so much for creating such a convenient layout! The shopping list and substitute options are perfectly stated and organized and made starting this process so easy. I'm so excited to try it and hopefully see results! I've lost 25 pounds on normal diet and exercise (a combination of paleo and calorie counting), but I'm looking to change it up with slightly faster results. Thanks again!

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      Christine 

      17 months ago

      Didn't do a thing, followed it and started out at 181.5 after 3 days of this diet I was 181.3 Whoopee

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      Esther 

      17 months ago

      I'm weighting 186 pounds right now, I'm 5'5". I'm under the obese group. I did this diet two years ago and a lost a total of 20 pounds in 6 weeks. I was feeling great but unfortunately I went back to my old bad habits and now look at me! I'm ready to start it tomorrow Monday. It does work! But you need to stick to it!

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      Ally 

      17 months ago

      Am I able to substitute something for the coffee/tea? I don't drink either.

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      Ben 

      17 months ago

      Is there a subusitue for tuna

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      done it: its worked: Here's why 

      17 months ago

      Keeping to the specific diet and only substituting the specific choices for what is given is the Key for this to work! This is not only about caloric deficit, its about specific types of foods to jump start your metabolism and bring Ph balance to your body, along with a wide spread swath of macronutrients. Here in America we have a huge issue with 'more is better', we are given humongous portions all our lives in the 'super sized' culture, and many people do not understand how their bodies are supposed to feel with good food in their bodies, or what is feels like to be satisfied because find 'whole foods' to eat these days is challenging.

      If you do this specific calorie deficit diet, then go back to eating how you used to, (which for starters, is probably more than 1200 kcal a day) of course you are going to put it back on in the following days off! Allow your stomach to shrink and only eat what you need, listen to your body. This diet (i did it for 4 months and lost 45 lbs) taught me to listen to my body, to feed it the right things when I was hungry and not just follow my emotions or eyes. It taught me to stop eating when I was full...and since my stomach was not so stretched out from over eating...full came quicker! It means I kept off the weight!

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      Ollie 

      18 months ago

      I'm starting the diet tomorrow.

      Initial weight: 87kg

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      Pharo 

      18 months ago

      Oh please.... the diet works. Drink plenty of water, stop cheating walk 30 minutes and stop making excuses. If it didn't work you were snacking in between and at midnight.

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      The dude who lost 12lbs 

      18 months ago

      Works grate . Love this diet can't wait 4 days to pass to start it again . And for you who didn't lost any. Go to the gym.

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      Kiki 

      18 months ago

      "Since I first developed the Military Diet diet in 2007" Maybe people are commenting about you saying you created it because of the first line of this article.

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      Shyla 

      18 months ago

      What can I substitute for bananas?

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      Gary Kiracofe 

      18 months ago

      7 pounds the first week and right back on it every Monday thru Wednesday.

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      Sarah the Nurse 

      18 months ago

      People! Learn to READ! follow the diet exactly! you have to eat normally for 4 days after the 3 day diet bc this is not enough nutrition for your body to run on indefinitely! You have to consider that this is a diet, not a lifestyle!

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      Kavyaa.S 

      18 months ago

      is there any alternative for chees

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      Poop 

      18 months ago

      I lost 1 pound not impressed and kidna upset that I waisted my time

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      Annie 

      18 months ago

      My husband and I have the military diet this morning the first time, hands with had our breakfast. Just want to know so we are prepared for work if we can drink any water on day one or is it just black coffee or tea. Please advise

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      Zohead Ramuktwala 

      18 months ago

      Starting today- going to be awesome.

      I'm 156 and I hope do be down to 145 or maybe even 140 in a few weeks, I'm 5' 9".

      I've read a lot of these comments- "I didn't loose too much" or "I gained weight"

      Everybody remember to exercise please, I'm running 3 miles every night, doing 200 sit ups every morning, and swimming 1000 meters on day two and three. You can't just expect eating right to get you good results.

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      Lynnette 

      18 months ago

      I can't eat peanut butter what can I eat instead?

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      Tricia 

      18 months ago

      Devoloped the diet in 2007????? Wtf! I did this diet in the 90's. You didn't develop shit...

      This diet goes work though.

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      Mar 

      18 months ago

      Just finish I did it just exactly like its post and I just loose 2 lbs not very happy with the result but worth the try!

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      Mary ann 

      19 months ago

      Why do you have to go off diet for four days and then repeat the three days .

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      Caroline 

      19 months ago

      I have lost 7lbs on this diet. I don't feel hungry at all, I hope to lose another 7lbs.

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      Aubrey 

      19 months ago

      I was wondering if you can use stevia or agave nectar for the tea.

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      Wanda 

      19 months ago

      I have been on this for 2 days now not that hard hope it works

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      Nicole 

      19 months ago

      What if you do not drink coffee or tea? I don't want to start incorporating hot chocolate (whether sugar free or not) into my meal routines. I seen somewhere else doing a 1/2 can of sugar free red bull, but I also have never drank that. Do I just omit and up my water intake or do I need to replace it with something else?

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      Am glad i saw this and I will surely try it Am gonna start on Monday 8th May and i hope to get good result by thursday. At the moment, i weigh 90kg and would like to see myself at 70kg. Hope this is t 

      19 months ago

      Am glad I saw this and I will surely try it. Am gonna start on Monday 8th May and I hope to get good result by Thursday. At the moment, I weigh 90kg and would like to see myself at 70kg. Hope this is the magic I have been looking for. I will post my result by Thursday. Treasure from Nigeria

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      Lanette 

      19 months ago

      I can't eat eggs what else can I eat

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      Reta 

      19 months ago

      Can I do 1/2 cottage cheese and 1/2 tuna? Also apple pealed or skin left on? Can't I put lemon in my water?

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      Caroline 

      19 months ago

      I lost 2.5 on this diet, which doesn't seem like a lot but I didn't do any exercise and I think the banana made me constipated, probably exercise would have helped with this, on the plus side it's a cheap, easy diet to follow, but I was hungry on the 3rd day after dinner, I will definitely try it again and this time do exercise as well and hope for better results

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      Katy 

      19 months ago

      I'm a huge coffee drinker, is it okay to take caffeine pills on the 2nd & 3rd day?

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      Mike 

      19 months ago

      Not a new diet at all. I have used this several times through the years. It was developed by the Baptist Health Centers for heart patients. It works great and is safe. Great for you to share but shame for claiming to have created it. Stil, it is a good plan to share, especially with the substations. Best of success to those doing this!

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      Lenore 

      20 months ago

      I can't have caffeine. Does this decrease effectiveness? Saw another can't have caffeine question but not an answer.

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      Pm 

      20 months ago

      I cannot eat cottage cheese.. I will throw up. Pls give me a subsitute for that. Tk you

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      Sara 

      20 months ago

      Began the diet on Monday April 17th. Start weight was 170lbs.

      Today is day 4 - and weight is 166.4lbs.

      Not bad at all! Will continue on my off days and count my calorie and repeat again.

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      Sara 

      20 months ago

      Lost 4.2lbs in 3 days

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      Pam 

      20 months ago

      My ex-husband was in the Navy in the mid 70's, we were stationed in Alameda, CA. I got this diet from the Doctor on the base. I lost 30 pounds. I also had to use a keto stick. I need to lose 10 pounds I am trying it again.

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      Kara 

      20 months ago

      What if you cannot have gluten? Would this still work with gluten free bread and crackers?

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      Emma La Taina 

      20 months ago

      I just completed my 3 days on this diet and lost a full 10 pounds Its amazing!! I used everything just like the menu except for the carrots cause I forgot to buy some so I substituted Them with Green Beans & note: I Did not have time to exercise much besides regular household cleaning & laundry. And it still worked I will continue to use this diet every week till I get to my goal weight. Thanks for sharing!!

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      Lauren 

      20 months ago

      Hey guys its lauren and i had to try this because of my sisters "fat shaming". i am 10 years old and i am 94.2 lbs. I tried it and you know what? I gained 5 ponds! now I'm 94.2 so screw your site

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      Tasha 

      20 months ago

      What is the best way to prepare the broccoli and carrots? Raw, cooked, or does it matter?

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      Carisa Gourley 

      20 months ago from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma

      Laurie: It's not recommended to drink soda as the carbonation may cause bloating.

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      Bryan 

      20 months ago

      For the tuna it says 1/2 cup and 1 cup is that 4oz and 8oz or is it fill a 1/2 cup container and 1 cup container?

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      Jannette 

      20 months ago

      Hi I can't eat grapefruit due to the medication I am taking, is there a substitute for grapefruit? Thank you

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      Tammy 

      20 months ago

      is water unlimited or just with meals after day 1 ?

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      Christine 

      20 months ago

      I started this diet last Monday and lost 7 pounds in 3 days. I started it again this Monday and have already lost 3 more pounds. That's 10 pounds in 7 days and I'm thrilled!

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      Amanda 

      20 months ago

      This diet was created way before 2007. A Sargent in the Air Force gave me a copy of this diet in 1999. I needed to lose 25 pounds for them. You have altered the original version of this diet. The original one had beets for dinner on one of the days.

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