3-Day “Military” Diet Review

April 6, 2013 at 3:20 pm 109 comments

I’ve mentioned on here several times about my desire to lose weight. It was last May/June, I believe, that I decided I was going to take getting healthy seriously. I managed to lose 10 lbs by the end of last summer, which I was proud of, but at some point I just totally let it go. While I luckily did not gain the 10 lbs back at any point, my eating habits were back to pure crap. Fast forward to early March of this year. Not only is it a good time to start dieting for summer, but my brother is getting married this September. We went in to have our bridesmaids dresses fitted and ordered, and I was not happy with how I looked in the dress nor the size I had to order. Size 16… for a 5 ft. tall girl. Ick! Now these dresses run much smaller than most other clothes, and my pants size is easily 3 or 4 sizes smaller than 16, but it still made me feel disgusted with myself (and it didn’t help that two of the other girls were ordering sizes 2 and 4!). On the bright side, it finally clicked in my head that I need to pursue a healthier lifestyle. Not only that, but I love fashion, and at the moment I absolutely dread shopping for clothes.

That following week I started dieting. The only reason I waited a few days to begin was because I had a few gift cards to restaurants that would likely have been major speed bumps in my road to weight loss had they have been staring at me in my wallet during my journey. I started out by searching the internet for some fad diets. I went in knowing that they are just that- fads- and that the results are not only varied, but not permanent. I needed to do something drastic, though, so I decided on trying the 3 day diet. It claims that you can lose up to 10 lbs in three days, but I would’ve been happy with 5! I will post the exact diet at the end of this entry, along with the few substitutions I made. The first go was really successful. I lost 7 lbs! Was it hard? Absolutely. The portions are so much smaller than I was used to, so I was hungry a lot. Not to mention many of the foods weren’t something I typically cared for, especially without much seasoning or flavor allowed to be added, and not everything was easy to substitute so I just sucked it up and did it. I did gain 3 or 4 of those lbs. back after going off of the diet, but then lost 5 more lbs. the 2nd week.

I only did this diet twice over the span of 2 weeks. After doing so well the first time, I had originally planned on doing it once a week until a big chunk of the weight was off, however, the food is just so bland that it was highly unlikely I’d stick to it. It did help me with portion control, lowering my carbs, and giving me a whole new appreciation for the taste of veggies and meats (that aren’t covered in sauces)! I decided to try eating healthy by myself without a strict diet controlling what I put in my stomach, and the weight is still coming off (I’m going to do another post about my current eating habits)!

Anyway, while most people would advise you to avoid fad dieting and anything that claims to help you drop heaps of weight in a small amount of time, I have to say this experience was a positive one for me. I do agree that it’s unhealthy and unrealistic to continue a diet like this for a prolonged period of time, but it worked as a great motivation for me. Seeing 7 lbs come off made me have more confidence in myself and gave me the push I needed to continue with my healthy eating. I’m sure it also gave my metabolism a boost and helped shrink my stomach a bit so I was used to smaller meals. It also made me realize that I could actually get full off of just meats and veggies! My new mentality is eat to live, rather than live to eat!

Here is the diet, with the substitutions I made marked by an asterisk (*) and in italics. The plan I followed and copied is from this website!

DAY 1
Breakfast: 1/2 Grapefruit, 1 Slice of Toast, 2 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter, and Coffee or Tea
*I drank a cup of water with 1/2 tsp of baking soda and an orange in place of the grapefruit. I used whole wheat bread, untoasted, and put the peanut butter on it. I added 2 packets of Splenda to my coffee.
Lunch: 1/2 Cup of Tuna, 1 Slice of Toast, and Coffee or Tea (any brew, as long as it’s caffeinated)
*I substituted the tuna for a 1/2 Cup of plain chicken, cooked with Pam Cooking Spray, and seasoned with a small amount of salt and pepper. The bread was whole grain wheat, and I added 2 packets of Splenda to my coffee.
Dinner: 3 ounces of any type of meat, 1 Cup of Green Beans, 1/2 Banana, 1 Small Apple, and 1 Cup of Vanilla Ice Cream
*I ate (roughly) 3 ounces of chicken for my meat. I don’t have a scale to measure food, so I more or less just eye balled about a half of a small chicken breast. I cooked it in a pan with Pam Cooking Spray and a small amount of salt and pepper, as well as on the green beans.

DAY 2
Breakfast: 1 egg, 1 Slice of Toast, and 1/2 Banana
*I ate my egg scrambled, with a small amount of salt and pepper, with whole grain wheat bread toast. I still drank 2 cups of coffee sweetened with Splenda. I need my caffeine not only to maintain energy, but it’s an excellent appetite suppressant, too!
Lunch: 1 Cup of Cottage Cheese (Or 1 Slice of Cheddar Cheese), 1 Hard Boiled Egg, and 5 Saltine Crackers
*I went with one slice of cheddar, and cooked it with 1 scrambled egg into an omelet, as I just cannot eat hard boiled eggs. Scrambled eggs aren’t my favorite thing in the world, either, but much easier to swallow!
Dinner: 2 Hot Dogs (no buns), 1 Cup of Broccoli, 1/2 Cup of Carrots, 1/2 Banana, and 1/2 Cup of Vanilla Ice Cream
*I used Oscar Mayer regular pork hot dogs. I cooked the broccoli in a pan with cooking spray and seasoned with a small amount of salt and pepper. I boiled the carrots and used salt and pepper on them, as well.

DAY 3
Breakfast: 5 Saltine Crackers, 1 Slice of Cheddar Cheese, and 1 Small Apple
*I broke up the slice of cheddar to eat with my crackers. I saved my apple to act as more of an in between breakfast/lunch snack to try and curb my hunger better at work, and it really helped! I still drank 2 cups of coffee sweetened with Splenda.
Lunch: 1 Hard-Boiled Egg, and 1 Slice of Toast
*I ate a scrambled egg with salt and pepper on whole grain wheat toast.
Dinner: 1 Cup of Tuna, 1/2 of a Banana, and 1 Cup of Vanilla Ice Cream
*I ate 1 cup of plain chicken cooked in a pan with Pam Cooking Spray and a small amount of salt and pepper in place of the tuna.

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  • 1. Jody  |  May 29, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Just wanted you to know I tried your version and happy to say I lost 7 lbs. I continued to eat the things I liked from different days, same amount but just mixed it up a bit. I’ve lost over 10 lbs as of today.
    Thank you for sharing!

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    • 2. theamyblog  |  May 29, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      That is awesome, congratulations! It’s definitely a good way to train yourself to eat smaller portions and appreciate healthier foods more (ex. I really don’t care for green beans, but after eating what to me felt like nothing all day I scarfed down my 1 cup of beans for dinner and enjoyed every last bit!). Keep it up! :)

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  • 3. Samuel  |  June 4, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I am so impressed with the writer , i congatulate about this to him . i also want to say that this type of blogs are really helps people.

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  • 4. Chassey Hicks (@chasseyj)  |  June 8, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Hi Amy. I tried this for the first time last week. I actually found it somewhere else, but wanted to see what other people thought about it. Happy to see it worked for you. I’m not into fad diets either, but this worked for me, too. I lost 6 pounds. I ate everything according to the original plan except that I used almond butter instead of peanut butter and stevia for my coffee. I agree it helps with the portion control. Good luck with all….I hope you have to have the dress taken in!

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    • 5. wasim  |  February 16, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      i did this diet 3 times but for me result r not so good.one ist tym i lost 4.40ibs 2nd time 4ibz n 3rd time only 3.60ibs in total 12ibs in 3 weeks.but its not bad.something is better than nothing.itss my 2jd off day.

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  • 6. Kiki  |  June 9, 2013 at 8:19 am

    I am currently on day 2 of this diet. I was starving yesterday and ate a little more turkey than I was suppose to. I was dying to eat some chocolate but thought the turkey was a better choice. I haven’t seen a change on the scale yet but your not suppose to weight yourself until the morning of the 4th day! I am hoping for 5-7lbs loss to kick start me. If I do well I will try it a second week but probably won’t be able to do it much longer than that. It has really helped me get back into drinking my water too!

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    • 7. Briana  |  July 9, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      I’m on the second day too and I haven’t seen any change either :( Hopefully we’ll look really good!

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  • 8. jasmine  |  June 11, 2013 at 10:47 am

    i just started this diet and everyone is telling me not to subsitute but it really seems like it worked for you, i cannto eat cottage cheese or tuna without gaging, and i hate the taste of grapefruit, so i feel ike im screwd hahah

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  • 9. Natasha Kelly  |  June 11, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I did this last year and lost 5 pounds. I’m actually doing it again today and am on the first day. Will let you know how I fared (lol) after. This really is hard…but just a tip that helps me when doing it…I find that it’s easier to do around that time of the month when I’m really bloated because I don’t feel like eating much anyway. :)

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  • 10. Elsa Manjarrez  |  June 12, 2013 at 3:17 am

    im doing this diet right now……i will be starting day 3. i have not cheated whatsoever, also have been doing insanity along with it, and……well……..it doesnt look like im loosing weight :(

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    • 11. joshua  |  June 22, 2013 at 2:10 am

      Elsa,
      it’s not a good idea to do the insanity workout while on this diet. that workout requires a lot more calories than what this diet provides. this diet gives you just enough calories to survive the day. if you continue, your body will eventually crash. you could even develop a thyroid problem; which, if you didn’t know, would be very problematic for someone looking to loose weight.

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  • 12. aliciamoushon  |  June 18, 2013 at 11:09 am

    As far prolonged experience goes I’ve been prolonging this diet but there is a difference though you lose only about 1.5 ibs a week after the third week which i can live with and on my off days i just count my calories and eat every two hours to speed up my metabolism I’ve lost about 9 Ibs over a couple of weeks so I’m pretty happy.

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  • 13. Kayla  |  June 20, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    First week of Insanity you gain weight because your muscles have water surrounding them to protect them… no worries keep at it and you will see results.

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  • 14. Keeley Cheyenne  |  June 21, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    First, there are enough substitutions that do work that even picky people and highly sensitive to things, can make it work. Secondly, Splenda and other artificial sweeteners are bad for you according to my chemist friend and my diabetic counselor.

    Splenda is the trade name for sucralose, a synthetic compound stumbled upon in 1976 by scientists in Britain seeking a new pesticide formulation. It is true that the Splenda molecule is comprised of sucrose (sugar) — except that three of the hydroxyl groups in the molecule have been replaced by three chlorine atoms

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  • 15. sonia  |  June 23, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I started day one today. I dont like grapefruit or other stuff on there but I’m going to follow it without to many substitutions.

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  • 16. kathy  |  June 24, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Day one and it wasn’t so bad. I even walked in the am and pm so I feel good about that. I am hoping for as great a loss as you had. I just really need a jump start. I will continue to read your blog.

    Kathy

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  • 17. sonia  |  June 24, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Day 2 weighed myself as soon as I woke up and down 2.4 lbs. Just finished day 2 and it wasn’t bad at all. And I’m a picky eater. Don’t like hot dogs without bun or mustard, don’t like vegetables but once I started eating it wasn’t to bad. I havent felt hungry. I drank 14 cups of water got 30 mins of elliptical workout. See how day 3 goes tomorrow.

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  • 18. josh brancek  |  July 4, 2013 at 3:05 am

    Hello Amy!!! How is it going??? Do you have anything happy to report??? Did you lose some weight??? And what do you think about this resource on the military diet here http://theslimdonkey.com/the-military-diet-getting-skinny-with-unbelievable-3-day-method/ ??? Is it any legit???

    Thanks for your time!!!

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    • 19. theamyblog  |  July 4, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Hi, Josh. I am proud to report that I’ve lost at least 30 lbs since mid-March! I’ve only done this diet 4 times, the last of which I only lost about 2-3lbs of the possible 10lbs, but I believe that is because I’ve been eating low-calorie regularly and my body is becoming used to it. With that said, I still highly recommend this diet to anyone looking to lose a few pounds quickly, perhaps for an event or something, or for someone looking to start a weight-loss diet and needs some quick motivation and some help training your body in portion control and how easy it really is to eat healthier options. You definitely appreciate the taste of food more when you’re not consistently eating throughout the day! As for the link, that website seems to have all of the same information about the 3-Day diet that I’ve read elsewhere, so I’d say it’s spot on! :)

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  • 20. Tasha  |  July 5, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Hello Amy, Amazing feedback.. this is my first day, I need this kickstart, so lets see.
    I am breastfeeding also, I know I shouldn’t do such a diet but my baby is 11 months and he is eating everything around him :)) so not much worried about him, but hope it help me to lose even more weight:))
    The grapefruit seems like everyone’s problem but once I took off the skin around each slice it tasted lovely:)
    Lets see how it will go 2 days later.
    Thank you for your post.

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  • 21. C  |  July 7, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Hey everyone,
    I also have done this diet many times and in all lost about 12 lbs. I am now doing some research on the 5:2 eating plan. In this plan you fast on 500 calories for 2 non consecutive days and the rest just eat healthy. This might be easier for those that find 3 days in a row to hard. You can find recipies/eating tutorials on the net.
    Hope this helps.

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  • 22. Gina  |  July 8, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I started today I’m hungry but I want quit!!!

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  • 23. scotland  |  July 8, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    I just started today, and am excited about this to get me back on track! Sine January I have lost 15lbs…not a huge about but still better than nothing! My sisters wedding is in less than 5 weeks so I plan to do 4 rounds of this diet. Day 1 has been good – going to have my ice-cream right away here! Will post my results in a few days!

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    • 24. baab  |  July 23, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      did you complete your cycle? how much did you lose?

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    • 25. ashley  |  August 6, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      How did it go for you?

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  • 26. Briana  |  July 9, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I’m on day two and I haven’t seen any results. I’m wondering if this is even worth my time…I accidently at a popsicle yesterday without even thinking…but I don’t think that will effect anything….will it?

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    • 27. theamyblog  |  July 26, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      I would really recommend not weighing yourself while the diet is in progress. In fact, the original website I got the diet from said not to weight yourself until the morning of the 4th day. The diet apparently works because of the way the chemical makeup of the foods you’re eating react with your metabolism/digestive system. I guess there is something in each of these specific foods that interact with one another in your body to promote weight loss (actually, I believe a great deal of it is just the loss of water weight). As for the popsicle, I would try to avoid it if you give the diet another go. In regular dieting I would say it’s not a big deal to sneak a popsicle here and there, but when doing a diet like this one where the foods are very specific in portion and otherwise, it probably makes a bit more of a difference because of the added sugar into your diet. Good luck to you! :)

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  • 28. alex  |  July 12, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I am also hoping for this to work! I just started day one and i usually hate grapefruit and tuna also but i took the skin off too and it really was good!!! On the tuna I got the no mess and no drain and it actually was bad!!! I think everyone might hate the gross soggyness of the tuna like i do but idk. I have to weigh in for a weight loss competition on monday for the last day. Hopefully this will help me win the race!!!

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  • 29. kaitib  |  July 14, 2013 at 9:11 am

    what was your calorie intake on your days off?

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    • 30. theamyblog  |  July 15, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      The couple of times I did the diet I didn’t count calories very closely on my days off. Since then I have downloaded the My Fitness Pal app. on my iPad and I monitor my calories through that. I try to eat between 1200-1300 calories on most days, until I hit my goal weight.

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  • 31. JenNC  |  July 19, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Starting the diet today – with my husband…..hoping the support will help for the next 3 days. So, my concern is the no snacking — did you really go all day with just the 3 small meals??? No carrots, or celery or anything in between?

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    • 32. theamyblog  |  July 26, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      No snacking is a tough rule to follow! I really did not go outside of the foods listed, however, there were times (particularly the first and second times that I tried the diet) that I would spread out the foods in each meal throughout the day. For example, on day 2, instead of eating the 1/2 c. carrots as part of my dinner, I took them into work with me as an evening snack. This is also due to my work hours. I typically work a 12-8pm shift and can’t eat dinner until after I get home, so having the carrots a little early helped a great deal! You could also eat your dinner, and save your ice cream for hours later so it feels like a snack!

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  • 33. Tracy  |  July 20, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Day I lost about 3 lbs. Day two scale didn’t move. Just had day 3 breakfast. Lunch looks pretty bland,no where to cook an egg and toast at my job. So it will be hard boiled and toast warmed up in the micro. Yuk! On what the heck. It’s one day of my life. Finish what ya start. Hope I can report a loss tomorrow.

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  • 34. baab  |  July 23, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Hey just want to know that how would you plan this 3 day diet when one is fasting . I am a muslim and i fast during this month. How should i manage the lunch . since i am fasting during that time ?!!

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    • 35. theamyblog  |  July 26, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Are you saying you fast only during lunch hours, or in general you abstain from food for a month? If it’s just during lunch hours, and you’d really like to get started with this diet, you could adjust the timing of your meals. They are small meals, so treating the “lunches” as more of an evening snack and then eat a late dinner would be an option. That way you’re still getting all of the needed meals into your day and are still able to participate in the fast. I hope this helps!

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      • 36. Baab  |  July 26, 2013 at 2:48 pm

        Amy ! I fast ( means i cnat drink and eat ) from 4 am till 7 pm ! Now how would you want me to distribute 3 meals in a day , keeping these timings in mind !!
        Also kindly let me know that tea is allowed on 2nd and 3rd days ?!

      • 37. theamyblog  |  July 28, 2013 at 3:59 pm

        Hmm, that is tough. It looks as if your only option would be to cram the whole day’s worth of meals into one meal, which I don’t think is such a good idea, not to mention you probably would not be able to stomach it all in one sitting. My advice would be wait until your fasting month is over.

  • 38. baab  |  July 23, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Amy kindly reply to my above stated question as soon as possible ! I need a kick start .

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    • 39. Baab  |  July 29, 2013 at 2:04 am

      I need to ask this !!
      Is ice cream really necessary ?!?
      I mean what if I want to skip it ?!

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      • 40. theamyblog  |  July 31, 2013 at 11:16 pm

        I would recommend following the diet as closely as possible, meaning don’t skip or add any food item. The articles and reviews I’ve read discourage any changes, aside from a few substitutions when necessary.

  • 41. Megan  |  July 30, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Thanks for posting this blog, Amy!

    I purchased all the food items necessary today & plan on starting the diet tomorrow.
    I was a tad skeptic about starting the diet, but you have most certainly made me feel more comfortable & confident :)

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  • 43. Jo  |  July 31, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I would also like to know if the ice cream is really necessary? I would like to skip it or replace it with a low calorie yogurt – 90 calories? Also, my current calorie intake is around 700 — will switching to this diet make me gain weight at first? I have a weigh in on Sunday that I cannot miss.

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    • 44. theamyblog  |  July 31, 2013 at 11:15 pm

      Actually, there were a few instances where I lessened the serving of ice cream, and even skipped it all together with one meal, and those times I lost less weight. This could definitely be because my body was already used to a lower calorie diet, but I have read that this diet relies heavily on the way your body processes each food, making them all necessary. You shouldn’t skip or add anything to the diet, according to the articles I’ve read.

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  • 45. Angie  |  August 4, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I have tried this “diet”/ fasting and I feel wonderful! We need to embrace it as a life style change,(gradually) we eat to much!. We have become very obsess with food, we lack control and this method( Military Diet) is a great start. Lastly we should not look at this as a diet but a life time change , in how we will treat our body, let us stop living to eat but eat to live, by portion control and daily moderate exercise!!!!!!!

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  • 46. Amy  |  August 5, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    can we add lime and cilantro to our tuna

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    • 47. theamyblog  |  August 14, 2013 at 9:45 am

      It doesn’t really say anything about cilantro or lime. Considering you’re allowed and almost encouraged to add lemon to your food, I don’t see lime being a problem. Cilantro really shouldn’t stir things up, as far as I’m concerned, either!

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  • 48. Hasnain Rizvi  |  August 5, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    My weight is approx 103 kg.. target weight 85 kg..
    By profession I’m Financial Analyst, so mostly sitting in Office. How many time you people recommend me to repeat this diet plan??

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    • 49. theamyblog  |  August 14, 2013 at 9:44 am

      They say you can repeat this diet as many times as necessary, however it’s only recommended once a week. As long as you take at least 4 days off before restarting you should be fine. However, in my experience, once your body gets somewhat used to eating certain foods and even a certain amount of calories, the weight loss will slow a bit, so it’s unlikely to get the same results everytime.

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  • 50. Busy Mom/student/nurse  |  August 6, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I went from a size 4 to a size 6 when I went back to school. I am 5’2, 34DDD, and now 138 lb!!! So disgusted with myself! I did not have the time to work out due to so much homework, work, and kid activities. Plus the on-the-go lifestyle had us eating out a lot. The aspartame in diet soda gave me cysts, I switched to regular soda (I don’t like coffee and wanted the caffeine). Ugh! Bad all the way around. Once summer came and things settled a little bit with the kids schedule I started working out again, gave up soda, and eating healthier BUT I’ve only lost 2 pounds. I know it took me a year and a half to put it on and I shouldn’t expect it to come off quickly but I’m disappointed. So, I am on day 1 of the Military diet. I don’t have a problem with any of the foods (other than liking sugar in my tea-which i will skip) so I plan to do it exactly as written. I’m glad to see this worked for so many people. I will let you know how it goes for me.

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  • 51. Jeannette  |  August 7, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book
    in it or something. I think that you can do with
    a few pics to drive the message home a little bit, but instead of that, this is
    magnificent blog. An excellent read. I’ll certainly be back.

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  • 52. Jocelyn  |  August 9, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Hello!

    Just finished the diet and I lost 8 pounds! I will deffs be doing this diet again! I was hungry and a bit sick on the last 2 days but it wasn’t unbearable. So pround of myself for making it through.

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  • 53. Tay  |  August 14, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I just finished my dinner for day three, might I say that the tuna (dry) is awful and I just can’t finish it. I stuck to the plan except not being able to finish my tuna, and I don’t see a difference /:

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  • 54. Valerie Reel  |  August 29, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I have been thinking about combining this with my workout regiment. Already lost 40-something lbs due to working it eating right and adding it works products. Been awesome. And I still wrap to keep tummy firm.
    Just want to try this for last couple lbs I want gone before a big event!

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  • 55. Shannon  |  August 29, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I am on day three and feel starving. I had to eat my lunch at 1030am and not sure if I can wait til 6 to eat, I only need to lose 5 lbs in the first place, do you think this is not the diet for me?

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    • 56. theamyblog  |  August 29, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      It is hard, there’s no doubt about that. I started my whole diet in general by doing this diet, and trust me it was not easy going from eating anything and everything I wanted to this. I think my work schedule made it a bit easier for me- the days I did this diet I worked a 12-8 shift. So I ate breakfast around 11, ate lunch around 3 or 4 on my lunch break, and ate dinner when I got home around 8:30 or 9. If you’re used to waking up pretty early and starting your day, it’s more likely going to be tougher because you have more time in your day to think about food… if that even makes sense. :) If you only want to lose 5 lbs you may just want to try using this diet as a general guideline, and adding a few healthy snacks here and there or changing some things and/or the recommended portions?

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  • 57. Heather Bessette  |  August 29, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Hello Amy! I have been on the atkins diet since feb 6, 2012 and am down 55 lbs. I am trying to lose 25 more lbs and want to try the military diet to try to get these other 25lbs off. Do you think it will work since I have been doing atkins for soo long? I do exercises at least 4 days a week for 55 minutes and have noticed a physical change but the scale is not budging. Any suggestions/

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    • 58. theamyblog  |  August 29, 2013 at 11:55 pm

      Considering this diet is only 3 days long, I always tell everyone it’s worth a shot! Even if you don’t lose as much in the 3 days as you’d like, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll gain any weight if you go off of your Atkins diet to give this a shot (which you’ll have to do, since there is bread and crackers involved… and possibly some other things that aren’t very carb-friendly). It sounds like you’ve hit a plateau in your weight loss, so as long as you continue eating healthy (whether it’s following the Atkins diet or otherwise) and exercising regularly those last 25 lbs should come off eventually. Best of luck to you, and congrats on your success! 55lbs is amazing!

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  • 59. Tina  |  September 9, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Bought all my food today in preparation of starting the diet tomorrow. Will let you know how I go on. T x

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  • 60. JT  |  September 23, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Is anyone drinking mineral water in this diet?

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    • 61. theamyblog  |  October 2, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      I just drank “regular” water… as in bottled water, filtered water from my refrigerator, etc…

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  • 62. Betsy  |  September 26, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I have lost 5 pounds just had breakfast on third day. Can I continue doing this diet for a few more days. .?

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    • 63. theamyblog  |  October 2, 2013 at 10:53 pm

      They only suggest doing it once a week, so I’d take the recommended 4 days off before you restart the process. The diet as a whole is very low in daily calories, which risks putting your body into “starvation mode” if you continue to eat so little. You can still eat healthy foods and proper portions while off of the diet and not get off track!

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  • 64. Jeanine  |  October 1, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I’m on day 2 and finding I’m not hungry at all. But last night when I went to measure my ice cream, I measured for 8 oz instead of grams (stupid me) so I know I ate way too much ice cream. Should I start all over? If I stay on track today and tomorrow, will the diet still work?

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    • 65. theamyblog  |  October 2, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      I’m pretty sure with ice cream you’re supposed to measure in ounces, as 8 oz. equals one cup, which is what the diet calls for, so you should be good. Either way, I’d keep on track regardless. :)

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  • 66. Jackie  |  November 11, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I cannot stand boiled eggs, cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, or hot dogs. Can I substitute a scrambled egg for the boiled egg & plain greek yogurt for the cottage cheese & cheddar cheese? What about a substitute for the hot dogs? I really need for this to work ~ I only have 2 pair of jeans that I can wear from last year & I’m sick of sweats!

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    • 67. theamyblog  |  November 11, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      I absolutely hate hard boiled eggs, so I always substitute that for scrambled. As for the hot dogs, the website I follow says you could substitute them for a vegetarian hot dog, bratwurst, or a cup of beans/lentils. The cottage cheese/cheddar could be replaced with 2 oz. of ham or 2 eggs (which I’d assume you could do scrambled, as well.) Just make sure you’re not adding anything to the scrambled eggs, aside from small amounts of salt and/or pepper. Hope this helps!

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      • 69. Laura milne  |  November 12, 2013 at 1:55 pm

        Hi amy is it ok to have a black coffee each morning?just finished my first day

      • 70. theamyblog  |  January 3, 2014 at 1:58 am

        The first few times I only had coffee for breakfast and lunch on day 1, due to the particular website I was following not allowing it on day 2 or 3. However, I have since looked into other versions of the diet and many of them allow coffee on all three days, which I’ve tried and didn’t notice it hurting!

  • 71. Laura milne  |  November 12, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Also how many ounces in a cup thanks

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    • 72. theamyblog  |  January 3, 2014 at 1:58 am

      There are 8 oz. in 1 cup.

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  • 74. Shanny  |  January 3, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    so I’m wanting to try this diet but I have questions, I’m a really bad eater but I eat small and often like a small slice of pizza here and one slice of peanut butter jelly there and so on so my tummy is already used to eating small, would it be ok to it the exact things just spread out throughout the day instead of in 3 meals??

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    • 75. theamyblog  |  January 9, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      I don’t see why not, personally. I spread some of my meals out, just to help get my through my work day before I was able to go home and eat dinner.

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  • 76. Omheba2004@gmail.com  |  January 31, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Hi am in day 3, am so hungry my head hurt all I think of food and coffee what to do continue or just quit. Can I take pain killers in this diet ?????

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    • 77. theamyblog  |  February 2, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      If you’re so hungry that you’re having physical pain I would stop the diet immediately and consult with your doctor before you try it again. I wouldn’t recommend pain killers unless prescribed and instructed by your doctor, either, unless they’re the normal dose of over the counter pain killers. If you’re used to drinking a significant amount of caffeine on a daily basis, going even 2 days without coffee (or your drink of choice) could cause headaches and sometimes other withdrawal symptoms. I’ve done the diet before where I drank a cup of coffee everyday (with the exception of day 1, where I drank 2 cups total) and I didn’t notice it effecting my results.

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  • 78. eileen  |  March 7, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    I will be starting this diet tomorrow. I have been on a low calorie diet for about 1 1/2 month. I’ve lost 15 pounds but am now stuck on the same weight for the past two weeks. I hope this kicks in my metabolism. Anyone else started this in the middle of a diet in progress? Please let me know your outcome.

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  • 79. Becca  |  March 10, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Starting the diet tomorrow wish me luck wedding in December need to lose and stay healthy

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  • 81. Tina Hector  |  April 22, 2014 at 11:51 am

    iv started this today..Im starving but determined! could someone please tell me what size a cup is for measuring these ingredients.
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    • 82. theamyblog  |  April 24, 2014 at 8:57 am

      A cup is typically 8 oz. of fluid, and if you just have a measuring cup that reads 1 cup you can use that for dry or solid ingredients.

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  • 83. Andrea  |  May 6, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    This is a great diet for someone who wants to lose a few pounds quickly. I now there are a lot of people who disagree with this diet but it does work. I did it last year and lost weight!!! i just started it again today and it’s only three days!!! Of course you can’t go back to eating like crazy when you are off of it and then you will gain the weight back. The only downfall I had was that by the third day I was a little moody but it’s definitely worth it. It works!!!!

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  • 84. heather jeske  |  May 16, 2014 at 10:27 am

    I did the 3 day military diet just recently. I struggled with food cravings and was constantly hungry. I typically drank 16 cups of water per day and walked 2 miles per day. I just weighed in and only lost 3 pounds. I guess 3 pounds is better than nothing but I can just eat healthy and probably lose just as much. I wouldn’t recommend this diet.

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  • 88. Lana  |  May 26, 2014 at 1:34 am

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  • 89. akenny  |  June 11, 2014 at 2:36 am

    Hi, I lost 4 pounds the first 3 days, I continued for another 3 (without the 4 day break) and only lost one pound…what gives? I guess I got a plateau….already? What do I do?

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  • 90. Audrey  |  June 16, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    I enjoyed reading your review of this diet! Most other websites look down on it since it is a fad diet. I am not necessarily looking to lose a lot of weight (but I’m a woman so obviously I’m always looking to stay slim) but I just noticed my portions were getting way to large and I was gaining some weight. I exercise quite a bit, so I figured the weight gain was due to my excessive eating. I was looking for a diet that had real food, and would last a couple days so my stomach would shrink down and I’d get used to eating smaller portions and I think this will really help. I have to wonder about eating hotdogs…I don’t like to eat those for health reasons outside of diets, so I think it’s fishy they’re included here. Hopefully though, at the end of the three days I’ll be feeling more in control of my cravings and motivated to keep eating smaller, and better amounts of food. Good luck to you!

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  • 92. phumo  |  July 30, 2014 at 8:10 am

    mhmmm the comments are so motivating . am on day 1 and am struggling with dizzy spell and dry mouth though its 14:09 and am down to 5 440ml glasses of water and frequent the bathroom. am so scared rite now not even sure if am gonna loose anything. but the foods on the diet are all not a problem for me.

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  • 93. Baab  |  July 31, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Hey amy, tell me what if one doesn’t lose any weight on this diet ? I mean I did it religiously for three days but nothing happened .

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    • 94. theamyblog  |  July 31, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Results will vary person to person, and even within the same person. I think a lot of the weight that comes off initially is water weight, like most fad diets out there. So if you don’t have a lot of water to lose, and/or if you’re used to eating lower calories per day, it may not give you huge results, or any results. The first couple of times I tried the diet I lost anywhere from 4-8 lbs. Since I’ve been eating healthier in general and count my calorie, fat, and carb intake on a day to day basis now, the diet wouldn’t give me results that my daily diet isn’t already giving me.

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      • 95. Baab  |  July 31, 2014 at 3:10 pm

        Amy I have a lot to lose. That’s why asked you the reason behind me not losing . I mean there was a little change but nothing on the scale . So tell me . When I have a lot to lose how much on a month should I be losing ? I have heard people have lost a lot when they did this diet repeatedly

      • 96. theamyblog  |  August 1, 2014 at 8:25 pm

        Weight loss in general will vary by person. People lose weight easier some ways than others, some people lose weight faster than others, etc. The idea of this diet it that you can lose up to 10lbs in 3 days. Some people may lose 10, some only 3, and so on and so forth. I think the diet is a good jump start for a more prolonged healthy eating lifestyle. It taught me, at least, portion control, eating more vegetables and actually enjoying eating them, etc. Again, everyone is different, so I would just do some research around and see what works best for you individually. This diet may not work for you, but you’ll find what does the more you try. My best recommendation would be to pay close attention to what you’re eating daily, as in calories, carbs, fat, and sugar, and set a limit for yourself. I recommend the MyFitnessPal app! Best of luck! :)

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  • 98. Izzy  |  August 27, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Me and my workmate tried this diet last Monday, I loss12lbs and my workmate loss 6lbs :). The diet was a bit hard because I am so used in eating heaps of food.. I am more heavier probably that’s the reason I loss more Lbs than her. Planning to do it again next week..

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  • 100. Baab  |  September 7, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Hey , i lost quite much on this diet , and exercising on it as well , but I just had my gallbladder surgery few days back. I want to get back to this diet , I am not worried about the stuff I am eating on this diet as nothing is fried or anything BUT my main concern is ” not being able to exercise ” ! Will it have the safe effect without any exercise ?? Kindly let me know as this diet worked for me earlier

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  • 102. baab  |  September 17, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Hi amy ! This is the second time I am asking the same question as no reply came earlier.. Could you be kind enough to let me know that I had my gall bladder surgery 2 weeks back . Can I do this diet ? I can’t exercise at the moment also so what effect will that have on this diet. A quick reply would be great !!

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    • 103. theamyblog  |  September 17, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      I would check with your Dr. honestly. I’m not familiar with post-surgery diet recommendations, etc.

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      • 104. baab  |  September 17, 2014 at 8:49 pm

        BUT WOULld this diet be as effective WITHOut the exercise ?!? Anyone ?!? Cause I can’t do that at the moment for sure …

      • 105. theamyblog  |  September 18, 2014 at 8:02 pm

        Not gonna lie, I’m not the best at keeping up with exercise routines and I’ve still gotten results from the diet. :) Again, everyone has different results but overall I would assume exercising regularly would provide better results when paired with the diet. With that said you very well may still have decent results without exercise.

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  • 107. Viviana Santiago  |  October 7, 2014 at 12:12 am

    I started this diet today. In terms of hunger, I experienced the opposite of most people on the diet. I ate breakfast according to the plan and somehow, it curbed my appetite for the rest of the day. I had to force myself to eat both lunch and dinner, as I didn’t want to skip any meals. I never felt hungry, nor the impulse to eat anything extra. I will have to see how tomorrow (Day 2) goes?.

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  • 108. kristen Kahler  |  October 8, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I just completed day 2. It’s very hard for me because I am a type 1 diabetic on an insulin pump so cutting back so much will bring your sugars down big time and only something high in carbs will bring you back up. I did okay yesterday (not too low) but today I ended up having to eat dinner at 4p because my sugars crashed. I’ve lost 40 lbs on my own and still have 14 to go. I haven’t stepped on the scale to see if I lost anything and I’m still doing my normal workouts. BTW, on day two I cut up the hotdog and threw it in the frying pan, then steamed the broccoli in the micro for 1:30 then threw it in the pan with the hotdog so the broccoli gets all the hotdog drippings. Sooooo, much better tasting. I also cut up my 1/2 banana and mixed it in with the ice cream. Wish me luck tomorrow.

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    • 109. theamyblog  |  October 8, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      Congrats on the 40 lbs you lost and best of luck on the rest of your weight loss journey! Please be sure to be careful while on this diet in regards with your blood sugar levels. Like all diets it’s always best to consult with your Dr. prior to making any changes in your day to day eating/drinking routine. I do the same things you mentioned- cooking the broccoli and hot dogs together and mixing my banana and ice cream! :)

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Hello, I'm Amy! I was born in '85 and live in Pittsburgh, PA. I became the mama of my wonderful son in 2004, and also own 3 kitties that I treat like children. I am a self-admitted cosmetics and beauty addict, but I also enjoy fashion, music, art, and am totally guilty of reading way too much celebrity gossip. :P

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