My Review of the Military Diet
What is the Military Diet?
Social media is continuously advertising wonder pills and fad diets that promise miraculous weight loss. I came across "The Military Diet" while browsing online. I don't want to take credit for another author's work, so here's the original source here: Military Diet: Lose Up To Ten Pounds In Three Days.
I'm not one for quick fixes, but this one really piqued my interest. In the past 7 months, my boyfriend and I had put on quite a bit of relationship weight—pretty much the equivalent of some peoples' baby weight! We have spent the past several weeks going die-hard, balls to the wall, healthy. We cut out all alcohol, and upped our veggie intake. We had eaten salad with oil and vinegar dressing before every protein-filled meal. We work out 3-5 times a week. I knew that it was going to take time to get the 10 (okay, more like 15) pounds that I'd put on off, but I had already noticed a significant difference. I had gotten to the point where I noticed a difference in my weight, but I thought this diet would be an easy way to jump start my metabolism and help me out with getting back into some of my old clothes!
This is the experience we had (from my perspective) with the three day Military Diet.
I found this diet cruising through some blogs online. The boyfriend was sitting across from me in the living room, and he took a glance at it. We both agreed that it was something we should try. After he consulted his personal trainer friend, his friend told him that that was way too few calories to be good for you, and that it was most likely just water weight that would be gained back quickly. After reading a few more articles and reviews online, we decided that we'd go ahead and head to the grocery store and give it a shot anyway.
I'll be honest, I thought this would be easy-peasy. I had survived on almost a whole year of my early twenties on solely rockstars and Slim Jims. My boyfriend seemed skeptical on some of the food choices—he didn't really like cottage cheese, or grapefruit. We decided to not use any substitutions, and do the diet by the book.
- I made sure to check all the nutritional values online with the foods we were purchasing. I was worried I would get something with too many calories per serving. Most of the calorie values ended up being slightly less than the website. For example, the frozen chicken breasts from Trader Joe's were only 150 calories for 4 ounces, instead of the 300 I had read it was supposed to be for 3 ounces. I tried to just make sure the calorie count was not over, and stuck to the recommended serving size.
- Also, I had read online that men should up their calorie content by 100 calories a day, so my boyfriend got to eat a little extra. No biggie.
- We already had reusable water bottles that hold 32 ounces of water. Water wouldn't be a problem, because we were already used to drinking about 3-4 bottles of lemon water a day.
- We got organic peanut butter, with just peanuts and sea salt in it.
- I was worried about the vanilla ice cream, but I was able to find some that was the suggested 300 calories a cup.
- Also, the canned tuna we had purchased was slightly lower in the calorie content than an article had stated.
- I've never been one for black coffee. I usually used just skim-milk, so I wasn't missing the sugar. I had decided after drinking this that I really didn't mind it black, and might just start drinking it like that from then on.
- My boyfriend had already gotten up and had his breakfast, so my half-grapefruit was cut and ready to go.
- The peanut butter seemed like it was about to spill over the toast, so I scooped some of it into a spoon and ate it like that.
I felt fulfilled and not super hungry for about an hour afterward. Then I started looking at the clock, waiting for lunch.
When lunchtime came around, The boyfriend and I were like starved dogs.
- I had eaten tuna with just oil and vinegar before, but plain tuna was a little dry. It was still welcome because I was flipping hungry.
- The boyfriend was starting to seem a little discouraged, so I made it seem like I was fine. I knew he wasn't going to bow out unless I did. The coffee pot looked so tempting, but we both resisted the urge to grab second cups.
Dinner was really similar to what we had been eating on a daily basis anyway.
- Because I was so hungry, I cut up my apple and sprinkled a little sea salt on it to munch on while I cooked the chicken breast.
- I steamed the green beans, and baked the chicken with just a little lemon pepper on it.
- Best part of the day? The ice cream. I cut up half of the banana, and mixed them together. So good!
The boyfriend had lost significant steam today. By the time I woke up, he had come back from the gym and was feeling lightheaded. Breakfast was simple, but still resembled somewhat of a normal breakfast. I find myself staring at the clock often, anticipating the next meal. During these days, we were eating breakfast around 7 or 8 am, lunch at noon, and dinner around 5:30.
- I typically drink 2-3 cups of coffee every morning. The boyfriend had 2-3 every morning, and then switches to iced coffee with almond milk for the afternoon.
- We broke down and started drinking black coffee between breakfast and lunch. There was positively no way we were going to make it through the next 36 hours on this diet sans coffee.
- I enjoyed lunch, as I like cottage cheese and saltines.
- The boyfriend sulked through it. I gave him an extra hard boiled egg, so that his excess calories would come from protein.
Somewhere between lunch at dinner, the hunger went away for the time being. This didn't happen to boyfriend, though. At 6:16, when I came back from sunbathing, he looked irritated and miserable. I quickly steamed the veggies for our hot dog dinner. (The hot dogs were the only thing on this that boyfriend got excited about!)
- By the time we ate dinner, I found myself getting full way before I had finished eating.
- Boyfriend had three hot dogs, instead of two.
- When I finished eating it was really simple to save the ice cream and half a banana for a snack later, I didn't have room for it at the time!
- Then, it occurred to me that it was a little weird to have almost 3/4's of the days calories at dinner. Wasn't about to dismiss it yet though.
Haven't gotten on the scale, but I felt like I'd already lost a couple pounds.
This day was the easiest and the hardest. If that makes any sense.
Breakfast and workout
- Boyfriend and I ate, then went to the gym.
- The workout was easy, but I did feel a mild nausea. It was probably my imagination, but my yoga pants felt like they fit a little less snug, and I liked that.
- Lunch was disappointing, but I sliced the egg so it felt like I was taking a bunch of smaller bites.
- We both gave in and had two cups of black coffee each.
- Dinner was surprisingly filling. 1 cup of tuna is about two cans.
- Of all the days, the ice cream was most welcomed this day. Especially topped with sliced banana! Yum!
End Results and Tips!
End result? I lost 4.5 pounds and my boyfriend lost 7. We're going to go back to our regular diet of mostly chicken breast and salad, so I don't expect to gain much back.
- This would have been really difficult to do on my own, without a support system. Every time we caught each other saying, "This is ridiculous. This can't be healthy," we would reassure each other that we had already made it halfway through.
- I had made a list of every meal we were going to eat, and in what order. As we crossed them out, I could say things like, "Look. We've already had five meals, we only have four left. We're more than halfway through."
- I would also suggest buying pre-hard boiled eggs or hard boil your eggs at the beginning of the week to make it easier to prepare.
- It turns out that not eating completely seems easier than eating small meals. This makes sense though, your body is getting hungrier because your metabolism is working extra hard. I told myself that it was a good thing.
Will we do it again? I might, but I doubt boyfriend will.