3 Day Military Diet is a quick weight loss program, sometimes also called the Military Diet, or the “3 Day Diet,” and it’s incredibly popular especially online.
But does the 3 Day Military Diet really work? By all accounts the it appears to be the one diet for which you’re actually deprived of many tasty foods. For instance, the typical meal on this diet looks a bit like this:
- Breakfast: one slice of toast with two tablespoons of peanut butter, half grapefruit, black coffee or tea
- Lunch: one slice of bread or toast, one half cup tuna, black coffee or tea
- Dinner: Three ounces of meat, one cup of green beans, half banana, one small apple, one cup vanilla ice cream
The day’s worth of meals above constitutes 1400 calories on the military diet. Day two doesn’t look all that much better:
- Breakfast: one slice of toast, half banana, one cooked egg
- Lunch: one cup cottage cheese, one hard boiled egg, five saltine crackers
- Dinner: Two (bun-less) hot dogs, one cup broccoli, half banana, one cup vanilla ice cream
Two ‘bun-less’ hotdogs? That’s deprivation at its finest. But does the Military Diet really work?
Let’s not kid ourselves; the 3 Day Military Diet is a calorie restriction diet. When you cut calories and create an energy deficit, your body burns fat as fuel and you lose weight. So will you lose weight on the Military Diet? Yes. It’s very likely that you will. If you can maintain the military diet’s restrictive calorie requirements indefinitely, you’ll probably keep the weight off. On the flip, it’s also likely that you’ll put the weight back on when the program is complete, and you start eating ‘normally’ again.
That said, if you’re the type of person who has an unlimited amount of willpower, this diet would be easy for you. If you’re not the type of person who unlimited willpower (like me), this diet might only serve as torture. It’s up to you.