A lot of people swear by the Military Diet, which claims you can lose around 10 pounds in 3 days. Is that really possible? Does the military diet really work? We’re going to look at everything there is to this fast weight loss diet and review it in detail to see if it can in fact generate the results it claims.
What is the Military Diet?
The Military Diet first took hype during 2012 and got a lot of buzz on Pinterest – what it basically claims is that you can lose 10 pounds in a week (with only 3 days of the diet) without having to do a lot of exercise or use any medicines.
The main reason it is popular is because it’s effectively free compared to several other diet plans which cost you money. The food you eat in the Military Diet is regular, routine food, which is probably going to be cheaper than the food you typically eat.
In essence, it is claimed that the Military Diet is a combination of different foods in exact proportions which you need to adhere to. If you do, it is a natural diet to lose weight very quickly without any harmful side effects.
How does the Military Diet work?
According to the diet’s author, the Military Diet is all about the right chemical composition of foods which can work together and give you a big weight loss boost. The diet’s menu consists of unusual items such as hot dogs and ice cream, and the plan is to eat the stipulated food items 3 days a week and then spend the next 4 days off the diet, but controlling your calorie intake.
The net result is supposed to be that you lose 10 pounds after a week, with 3 days on the diet and 4 days off it. It is believed that the diet works because it speeds up your metabolism by switching up your diet throughout the week; however, does it really work to shed 10 pounds off you? We’ll have to see about that.
Who is the Military Diet for?
Anyone who wants to lose weight fast can go on the diet (if it works). It attracts people who want to lose weight urgently, like brides, grooms and well, all of us (lol). The diet’s proponents claim that you can lose around a whopping 30 pounds following the diet for a month and all that would be completely free, without you having to buy expensive ingredients or medicines.
Military Diet food list
You are allowed the foods in the list below during the 3 days you are on the Military Diet. A couple of the items on this list don’t seem like they belong in a healthy diet though – like sausages, peanut butter and ice cream.
Military Diet 3-Day Menu Plan
Now let’s take a look at the Military Diet’s 3-Day Menu Plan, which is supposed to be followed religiously in order to gain the results you want (losing 10 pounds in a week).
Military Diet Day 1 Menu
Day 1 of the 3 Day Military Diet has 3 meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner with a total calorie intake of about 1,250. You get to eat a slice of whole wheat bread with peanut butter and half a grapefruit in breakfast along with a cup of coffee.
Lunch is a similar affair with some tuna thrown in, and dinner includes your favorite meat, a couple of fruits and a cup of vanilla ice cream.
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Military Diet Day 2 Menu
On day 2 of the diet you get to have eggs, some cottage cheese, crackers, bread and ice cream again alongside sausages, carrots and broccoli. This day’s menu plan has more calories than day 1, with the total being 1,350.
Military Diet Day 3 Menu
Day 3 of the diet isn’t much different either and more or less the same food items are switched around between breakfast, lunch and dinner. All three menus seem to have a balance between proteins, carbs, fats and fiber along with essential vitamins and day 3’s menu totals at around 1,000 calories.
While you are expected to follow these three menus exactly in the same proportions, the diet also recommends good intake of water to boost weight loss.
Does the 3 Day Military Diet Work? – Our Results & Review
Now that you know all there is to know about the 3 Day Military Diet, you’re probably wondering if it really does work. Well, let me be honest with you, and while you might be disappointed to read this, it is the truth – it’s not possible to lose 10 pounds in a week.
We gave the diet a try anyways and while it was low on calories and a good way to start your weight-watching campaign, it didn’t lose us 10 pounds in any week.
In the diet’s defense, it just can’t work. One pound of fat is roughly around 3,500 calories – so you basically need to burn around 35,000 calories in a week, which amounts to about 5,000 calories a day.
To maintain your weight, you need take 2,000 calories day, so even if you don’t eat anything at all, you’re not going to be burning 35,000 calories in a week, particularly not without actual, rigorous exercise.
In our trial of the Military diet, we managed to lose nearly 2 pounds at best, and that too required daily aerobic exercises. Hence, like all things that sound too good to be true, the 3 Day Military Diet is too.
Once again, we’re sorry if you’re disappointed, but it is important not to trust anything anyone writes or says, especially when it comes to your health and well being. We never recommend any sort of crash diet or lose weight quick regime because even if they do work, they’re not healthy for you.
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