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TOPIC: 3 day military diet- information and a rant

 
February 18, 2013 3:34 PM
As much as some people want to try the Military Diet, there are a couple of food items here and there that just don’t appeal or can’t be eaten because of dietary limitations. The following substitution list for all the foods on the Military Diet can be used to create a gluten free, lactose free and vegetarian version of the Military Diet. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to drop us a line…


Grapefruit Substitute:

Some people can’t eat grapefruit because it interferes with medication. Other people just don’t like the taste. Do not substitute orange for grapefruit. To get the same Military Diet benefits as grapefruit, put 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink it.
Peanut Butter Substitute:

Peanut ButterIf you have a peanut allergy or just don’t like peanut butter, you can substitute the same amount of almond butter, pumpkin butter, soy butter, sunflower seed butter, hummus or bean dip. Two tablespoons of plain sunflower seeds also work.
Bread Substitute:

In place of bread, you can eat 1/8 cup of sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup of whole grain cereal, 1/2 high protein bar, 1/4 cup of yogurt with 1/2 teaspoon of flax seeds or 5 ounces of a meal replacement shake. You can also use one tortilla or two rice cakes instead of bread.
Coffee Substitute:
Green tea Military Diet

Green tea is a great coffee substitute

A regular cup of coffee has about 100 mgs of caffeine, give or take. Instead of coffee or tea, you can drink Sugar Free Red Bull (76 mgs of caffiene) or Green Tea. Sugar Free Hot Chocolate also contains small amounts of caffeine. Excederin Extra Strength has 65 mgs of caffiene per pill if you happen to have a headache. Any other sources of caffeine have too many calories for the Military Diet.
Tuna Substitute:

A few people on the Military Diet say they don’t like ‘plain tuna’ out of the can. The best substitute for canned tuna is a piece of grilled sushi grade tuna, the same size as 1/2 or 1 cup serving of canned tuna. Other substitutes for tuna include cottage cheese, chicken, tofu, almonds or peanuts.
Green Bean Substitute:

If you can’t eat green beans for any reason, substitute the same amount of lettuce, tomatoes, spinach or any other green vegetable.
Meat Substitute:

Military Diet meatIf you’re vegetarian, you can use lentils, beans, tofu or portobello mushrooms as meat alternatives.
Banana Substitute:

For one whole banana, substitute 2 kiwis, 1 cup of papaya or 2 apricots on the Military Diet. Plums, grapes and apple sauce also work.
Carrot Substitute:

Squash, parsnip, beets, celery and bell pepper can all be substituted for carrots.
Broccoli Substitute:

If you’re substituting out broccoli on the Military Diet, try and use a green or greenish vegetable like cauliflower, spinach, brussel sprouts or asparagus.
Cheddar Cheese Substitute:

For the serving of cheddar cheese in the Military Diet, you can use 2 eggs, 1 cup of cottage cheese or two ounce of ham as a replacement. Other non dairy, vegetarian cheese substitutes with calcium include soy cheese, soy milk, cabbage and tofu.
Hot Dog Substitute:
Tofu on the Military Diet

Versatile tofu can be prepared many ways…

Typical hot dogs are not a great nutritional choice, especially if the hot dogs contain nitrates. Military Diet substitutes for hot dogs include turkey dogs, soy dogs, tofu dogs, bratwurst,luncheon meat, deli meat or baloney. For vegetarians, you can also substitute beans, lentils, or portobello mushrooms.
Egg Substitute:

On the Military Diet, you can substitute eggs for a cup of milk, one chicken wing, 1/4 cup of seeds or nuts, or 2 slices of bacon.
Apple Substitute:

Instead of apples, try plums, peaches, grapes, zucchini, pears or dried apricots.
Cottage Cheese substitute:

PLAIN Greek yogurt, low fat ricotta cheese, cheddar cheese, eggs, or ham. Tofu is a non dairy substitute with similar nutrients.
Vanilla ice cream:

The vanilla ice cream in the Military Diet can be substituted for 1 cup of fruit flavoured yogurt or apple juice. A good non dairy substitute is strawberry, vanilla or banana flavoured almond milk. Do not substitute chocolate almond milk.
Saltine crackers:

Rice CakesRice cakes are a perfect substitute for saltine crackers. If you substitute saltine crackers for any other cracker, like gluten free, make sure you’re eating a similar amount of calories. Each saltine cracker has 13 calories.
  30298113
February 18, 2013 8:11 PM
It's less about decreased calories and more about chemical reactions and metabolism boosting foods. The foods in the combinations listed change the way your body metabolizes them. That is why it doesn't work well if you substitute or mix it up. I lost alot of weight doing this. For a month I did the diet every week Wednesday-Friday. Then I went nuts on the weekend. I didn't work out and I lost and kept off 11 lbs that month... At least I kept it off til Thanksgiving/Christmas. Lol.

I do believe if I had not doubled the ice cream portions and had eaten reasonably on my off days and combined with excercise I may have triple my weight loss.
February 18, 2013 8:19 PM
Oh, please do elaborate on the biochemistry of hot dogs!
  6560859
February 18, 2013 8:29 PM
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  15934974
February 18, 2013 10:46 PM
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Oh, please do elaborate on the biochemistry of hot dogs!


laugh
February 19, 2013 12:36 AM
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It's less about decreased calories and more about chemical reactions and metabolism boosting foods. The foods in the combinations listed change the way your body metabolizes them. That is why it doesn't work well if you substitute or mix it up. I lost alot of weight doing this. For a month I did the diet every week Wednesday-Friday. Then I went nuts on the weekend. I didn't work out and I lost and kept off 11 lbs that month... At least I kept it off til Thanksgiving/Christmas. Lol.

I do believe if I had not doubled the ice cream portions and had eaten reasonably on my off days and combined with excercise I may have triple my weight loss.


This has got to be a troll post! If not, I have studied human biology at university and can assure you that there is absolutely nothing about the combination of food that creates any kind of miraculous chemical reaction. Calories in, calories out. Simple.
February 19, 2013 12:42 AM
I had a friend that done this. She used it as a 'detox'. She said it would be a week to two week thing, to 'reset' her metabolism. She then said she would go and do it properly afterwards, e.g. gym, healthy eating. Put it this way - she hasn't told me anything else since the day she finished this 'military' diet.
  14244982
February 19, 2013 12:43 AM
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So much fruit and veg, not.



lol
  26100008
February 19, 2013 5:35 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

It's less about decreased calories and more about chemical reactions and metabolism boosting foods. The foods in the combinations listed change the way your body metabolizes them. That is why it doesn't work well if you substitute or mix it up. I lost alot of weight doing this. For a month I did the diet every week Wednesday-Friday. Then I went nuts on the weekend. I didn't work out and I lost and kept off 11 lbs that month... At least I kept it off til Thanksgiving/Christmas. Lol.

I do believe if I had not doubled the ice cream portions and had eaten reasonably on my off days and combined with excercise I may have triple my weight loss.


This has got to be a troll post! If not, I have studied human biology at university and can assure you that there is absolutely nothing about the combination of food that creates any kind of miraculous chemical reaction. Calories in, calories out. Simple.


I don't are what you studied at university. Going to school doesn't make you smarter. All you do is memorize information they give you. Food combinations is a well known and proven form of diet (not the kind to lose weight but the kind to maintain health) and sure the foods in this military diet aren't the healthiest... But it's all in what you choose. You can find nitrite and nitrate free hotdogs made from shoulder roast. A healthy easy form of beef. You can find all natural ice cream.

The fact is it works. Your university may not have taught you how it works but that doesn't mean it doesn't.
February 19, 2013 6:07 AM
here we go day 1!
  14795780
February 20, 2013 5:49 AM
down 4 from yesterday's (day 1) weigh in... I do believe that most if not all of that was water weight from my high sodium/booze filled weekend.
  14795780
February 20, 2013 5:51 AM
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down 4 from yesterday's (day 1) weigh in... I do believe that most if not all of that was water weight from my high sodium/booze filled weekend.


Wow. You really need to think about what you are doing to your body - this is a mild form of bingeing and purging.
  6560859
February 20, 2013 6:52 AM
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QUOTE:

QUOTE:

It's less about decreased calories and more about chemical reactions and metabolism boosting foods. The foods in the combinations listed change the way your body metabolizes them. That is why it doesn't work well if you substitute or mix it up. I lost alot of weight doing this. For a month I did the diet every week Wednesday-Friday. Then I went nuts on the weekend. I didn't work out and I lost and kept off 11 lbs that month... At least I kept it off til Thanksgiving/Christmas. Lol.

I do believe if I had not doubled the ice cream portions and had eaten reasonably on my off days and combined with excercise I may have triple my weight loss.


This has got to be a troll post! If not, I have studied human biology at university and can assure you that there is absolutely nothing about the combination of food that creates any kind of miraculous chemical reaction. Calories in, calories out. Simple.


I don't are what you studied at university. Going to school doesn't make you smarter. All you do is memorize information they give you. Food combinations is a well known and proven form of diet (not the kind to lose weight but the kind to maintain health) and sure the foods in this military diet aren't the healthiest... But it's all in what you choose. You can find nitrite and nitrate free hotdogs made from shoulder roast. A healthy easy form of beef. You can find all natural ice cream.

The fact is it works. Your university may not have taught you how it works but that doesn't mean it doesn't.


Eh?

So you would rather take the word of people passing 'diet' sheets around the Internet making false claims over proven scientific fact (since that is what tends to be taught at universities)? Go ahead... and please do report back in 12 months time to tell us how you have got on.
February 20, 2013 8:57 AM
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down 4 from yesterday's (day 1) weigh in... I do believe that most if not all of that was water weight from my high sodium/booze filled weekend.


Wow. You really need to think about what you are doing to your body - this is a mild form of bingeing and purging.
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I don't see what this has to do with binging and purging, but thank you for your input.
  14795780
February 22, 2013 5:01 AM
So here are m results: Day 1 of diet: 153 (again, like I said earlier, I had a high sodium/booze filled weekend). Day 2 down to 149. Day 3 147.8, and today 146.8. The real test of the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of this diet will show itself over the next several days. I will continue to report my daily weights for a bit to see how the scale fluctuates. I anticipate it will creep up but hopefully I got at least a true 2 or so pound loss after doing this... however, not holding my breath!
  14795780
February 22, 2013 5:11 AM
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Oh, please do elaborate on the biochemistry of hot dogs!


MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY. How absurd! How is it possible that people fall for this???
February 27, 2013 3:51 AM
I'm on day three of the diet, I have already lost 7 lbs. no joke. I don't know how to explain it, but I'm pretty sure my body may be in ketosis. I feel awful this morning. Glad I lost 7 lbs, but glad this is the last day. I may not last.
February 27, 2013 6:16 AM
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I'm on day three of the diet, I have already lost 7 lbs. no joke. I don't know how to explain it, but I'm pretty sure my body may be in ketosis. I feel awful this morning. Glad I lost 7 lbs, but glad this is the last day. I may not last.


I think you only go into ketosis when carbs are limited... there are plenty of carbs in this diet... you probably feel awful because of the very limited calories. Congrats on the 7 lost. I did the diet last week and I lost a little over 6 and have not gained it back eating between 1400-1700 calories a day. Good luck!
  14795780
February 27, 2013 7:10 AM
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I'm on day three of the diet, I have already lost 7 lbs. no joke. I don't know how to explain it, but I'm pretty sure my body may be in ketosis. I feel awful this morning. Glad I lost 7 lbs, but glad this is the last day. I may not last.


Hmmmmmm... and this is your first forum post!
February 27, 2013 5:51 PM
Every time I have seen or read about the "military" diet or "3 day" diet it claims you can lose up to 10 pounds. Up to means anywhere between 0 and 10. I assume the 10 pounds is someone who normally consumes a large number of calories and is sedentary and then does the diet and begins to exercise.
February 27, 2013 6:20 PM
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Every time I have seen or read about the "military" diet or "3 day" diet it claims you can lose up to 10 pounds. Up to means anywhere between 0 and 10. I assume the 10 pounds is someone who normally consumes a large number of calories and is sedentary and then does the diet and begins to exercise.


I did it and lost 6+... I exercise every day and eat a well balanced diet... I just did it to try and get some quick weight off prior to a vacation... so whether it works or not who really knows.
  14795780
March 2, 2013 6:14 AM
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Dinner--1 Cup of Tuna, 1/2 of a Banana, and 1 Cup of Vanilla Ice Cream


Some people have the funniest taste buds.


Not only that, but have you ever tried to eat tuna from the can without mayonnaise? It's very dry and hard to choke down.


I actually prefer it without mayo....got used to it after I started eating clean. A little lemon on top makes it very good.
  31161566
March 2, 2013 6:53 AM
Final posting on this topic... over a week after doing this diet and the initial weight I have lost has stayed off and even lost a pound or so more...
  14795780
March 17, 2013 8:55 AM
I'm on day 3 of the military diet right now. I'll tell you what, I really hate grapefruit. Never had it before and found that out on my first day. And the whole tuna thing kind of repulses me without mayo, as well. I can handle it exactly with no substitutions, though.

I feel kind of weird though, like right after I eat my stomach feels weird and I get a little nauseous for a couple minutes, then I'm fine. It's really hard to have enough self control not to snack, but I've managed it and haven't collapsed due to hunger even through and 8 hour shift so that's swell.

And I've lost 5lbs so far so I guess there's that. I think I'm going to continue it for the rest of the month, 3 days on and 4 days off, and then report on my progress after every week or something. I'm just hoping going back to normal foods doesn't cause me to gain it all back.
  40050190
March 26, 2013 4:19 AM
Im using this strictly as a get back on track and over binge eating tool.
Honesty if Snd what I lose doesn't matter. I just am at wits end trying to get back on track with healthy living since I had my daughter.
  6087967

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