Wednesday, October 19, 2016

3 Day Military Diet - My (Hangry) Experience


Let’s talk about se…. Oh wait, that’s not the right song for this topic!  Let’s talk about the 3 Day Military Diet!  I know you have probably seen this seemingly 'miracle diet" floating around Pinterest, just as I did!  My first thought was “Really? 10 pounds in 3 days??  I’ve got to give this a try at the very least!”.  And that is exactly what I did!





Source: Pinterest

My current fitness journey began, as everyone’s does, in January of this year.  I went hard, lost some weight, and fell off the wagon around the beginning of March.  I got back on the wagon and, of course, fell off again.  Well, I have been going strong since mid-July (with the encouraging help of Dietbet) and don’t plan on slowing down any time soon! 
I had been consistently losing weight since I started this time around but had hit a plateau in September.  It just seemed like no matter what I did i.e. ate less, ate more, changed my workout routine/time, I couldn’t seem to bust through the stinking plateau!  Scrolling through my Pinterest one evening after a run, I saw this magical pin!  I thought why not, it doesn’t seem too hard since I’ve already been eating healthy and incorporating exercise!  So I did my research, read the entire website, blogs, forums on the diet, and made my shopping list.  All the items on my list were fairly inexpensive.  I believe for the full 3 days of the diet, I paid around $30 in one trip. 

The diet itself is very straightforward so I won't bore you with the details or pics of every meal!  The day before I stopped eating around 4:00 p.m. just to get my body ready for the decrease in food!  Below is the diet outline that I followed 100% and includes a shopping list!  I did not waiver on anything listed below, nothing more and nothing less!


Source: Military Diet


By the end of day one, I was still very optimistic about everything but that changed by lunch of day 2.  I was logging everything in MyFitnessPal and thought the calories seemed a little much.  Most diet plans I had ever seen or tried have you eating your most calories for breakfast and tapering throughout the day so that you don’t have a heavy meal in the evening, leaving no time to burn it off.  This diet was the opposite!  I was eating 100-200 calories for breakfast, about the same for lunch, then dinner was 600-800 calories!!  For this being a “low-calorie” diet, that seemed a bit excessive!  This made me extremely hangry during the day and almost nauseated in the evening eating so much food.  I did not give up and followed through to the end. 

My results?  Was it 10 pounds and I could wear my tight little black dress out for dinner??
NOPE! ZERO! 0 pounds is what I lost!!!  By the end of the diet I honestly felt bloated, tired, and HUNGRY!!  I looked over all my resources to make sure that I hadn't gone terribly wrong somewhere, and found that I hadn't.  I had walked in the evenings, which is all I could do since I was so tired by the time I got home, and ate exactly what I was told to.  This was just not the diet to help me!

I will say that it did somehow break my plateau though!  The following day, I had a cheat meal of brick oven pizza (about 300 calories per large slice, I had 2) and that shocked my system!  I was able to start losing weight again after that but by following my own diet and not a fad!

All in all – I think the Military Diet may be helpful for those that are currently eating tons of high calorie, high sugar foods and drinks but not for an individual who is already eating a lower calorie, protein rich diet as I am. 
Feel free to try it out for yourself and let me know your results!!  I am interested to see if others have a different result than I had!!
**Everything said is my own personal experience following the military diet.  Results will vary as with any diet/exercise routine!**

2 comments :

  1. I appreciate your honesty. I may try this to shed some baby weight - it is only three days... but still seems like some odd choices they give. I'll keep you posted.

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