If one of your resolutions for the New Year was to lose 10 pounds in 2019, we’ve got some good news for you. There’s a new diet that’s gaining traction on the health and wellness scene and it can help you lose up to 10 pounds in just three days. Or so it claims. We personally think that this diet fad could be too good to be true so let’s investigate a little.
We all love quick fixes in life, whether it’s related career or personal success. Our health and fitness goals are no different. If there was a way to suck out all the excess fat from our body in just an instant without having to exercise or diet a single day, I would gladly take it, at any expense.
While there’s no technology that can do the aforementioned for me (that I can afford), I’m going to continue my quest for the perfect diet that shreds the maximum amount of fat in the least amount of time. Could military diet be the answer?
What is the Military Diet?
The military diet, also known as the 3 Day Diet, is one of the most hardcore diets out there (hence the name ‘military’). It reportedly helps you lose 10 pounds in just three days.
But is this weight loss sustainable or will you pack the pounds back on once you go back to eating the way you were before. We talked to Sophie Medlin, a registered dietician, to find out exactly how this diet works and if it’s something she’d recommend to her patients.
If you thought keto diet was hard to follow, wait till you find out how the military diet works. For three days, dieter must prescribe to a strict eating plan that gradually reduces the calorie intake from 1400 calories on day one to 1100 on day three.
This extreme dieting phase is then followed by four days of unrestricted eating, as long as you eat less that 1500 calories every day. Sounds easy? Wait till you see the meal plan (yes, that is why we chose this cute dog to represent our mood)…
Meal Plan for Military Diet
Breakfast on the first day of military dieting consists of a meagre slice of toast with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter with a black coffee and small-sized grapefruit
For lunch, it’s a slice of toast again but with a lean protein source like half a cup of shredded chicken or tuna.
Dinner is a little more fulfilling with 85 grams of lean meat of your choice and a cup of non-starchy vegetables. For dessert, dieters are allowed a cup of ice cream (yay!), half a banana and an apple.
Day 2 gets a tougher with just a slice of plain toast for breakfast with a boiled egg and half a banana.
If the breakfast left you feeling hungry and annoyed, then lunch won’t make you feel any better. The diet only allows 5 crackers, a boiled egg and a cup of cottage cheese for second meal.
Dinner consists of two sad hot dogs (without the buns, sorry), a cup of non-starchy vegetables, only half a cup of ice cream this time and half a banana.
Day 3 is probably the hardest with just 5 saltine crackers, an apple and a slice of cheddar cheese. I already feel like giving up, and I haven’t even started the diet yet.
If you’re craving carbs by lunchtime, you’re allowed a slice of toast a boiled egg. That’s it.
The only upside on this diet is that you’re allowed to eat ice cream on all three days. Losing weight on frozen treats? Yes please! For the third night, you’re allowed a cup of ice cream, cup of tuna and half a banana.