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January 28, 2013 8:07 AM
I've been around the military my whole life, and I work closely with members of the military. I have not personally encountered this "3 day Military Diet" on the web, but from what you people are describing, it's nothing like what I know members of the military to eat. When you do heavy physical work, you might want to actually, y'know, eat food. As others have mentioned, MREs are extremely high calorie and mess halls are not the stuff that fad diets are made of.
  24798011
January 28, 2013 8:08 AM
What the heck? I was in the army and I never heard of such nonsense.

If anything..eating like a military person is going to the chow hall 3 times a day. No snacks for you. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. And it definately isn't low cal or small portions either.

And the occasional mre when you are out in the field. And those are like 1000+ cals if I remember correctly.

Forget any preworkout protein shakes and afterworkout recovery nonsense. Uncle Sam aint' giving you any extra.

As for what I think the "military diet" would be-


Go back to old school eating. Forget once a day or 6 meals a day..it's 3 times a day like in the olden days..

If anything eating 3 square meals a day would be the military diet.
Edited by apriltrainer On January 28, 2013 8:13 AM
January 28, 2013 8:08 AM
I didn't know it was a fad diet or what it was other than what I seen on there which is why I asked on here. I didn't know how low cal it was until I plugged it into MFP. I didn't realize people got so pissy about people asking questions on here
  21683347
January 28, 2013 8:11 AM
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I didn't know it was a fad diet or what it was other than what I seen on there which is why I asked on here. I didn't know how low cal it was until I plugged it into MFP. I didn't realize people got so pissy about people asking questions on here

I'm not speaking for the collective, but I get pissy when the threads are full of fad diets or quick fixes. There are no quick, safe, lasting fixes. It's even more sad to see someone that has lost looking for a way to speed it up.

Just like when you see all of the other fads pop up. You've lost 4 lbs according to your ticker, you're doing something right. Keep doing that and be patient.

If you're concerned about the honest feedback on the forums here, google is always an option.
  17170557
January 28, 2013 8:12 AM
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I've seen this on Pinterest countless times but I didn't know if anyone has done it, does it work or left are you left feeling like you're starving by the end of it? I also seen where you can't sub out any of the food but I've never had grapefruit, I don't drink coffee or tea, don't like broccoli, or the middle of a hard boiled egg... picky huh :) Anyways I was just curious as to anyone has tried it, as I would suck it up and eat the stuff if it actually works....


First, I would NOT recommend this. However, I know someone who has been doing this for 8-10 weeks. It simply suprresses your calories for 3 days and then you are supposed to "eat reasonably" the rest of the week. They have lost approximately 2 lbs per week doing this. Just using MFP and making your macro targets will get you much better results IMHO.
  25655991
January 28, 2013 8:12 AM
Military diet, eh? So you lose weight by not eating the crappy food they serve?
January 28, 2013 8:13 AM
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This 3 day diet is a jump start to get you losing! You have to follow it as stated. Not good to change the foods on this diet, because it is a chemical breakdown to lose the fat. It is hard to do and you do feel like you are starving and the end of 2nd and 3rd day. If followed correctly you can lose 8 to 10 lbs.


Please explain how you can chemically breakdown the fat! You lose fat due to a calorie deficit. You feel like you are starving because you are... this "diet" doesn't give you enough of the things your body needs.

Sure, you can lose 8-10lbs if you follow it but for what when you will most likely gain it all back when you are done. Even if you dont gain it all back, it is NOT 8-10lbs of fat loss during those three days. Say you lose 9lbs... in order for it to be fat you would have to be at a deficit of 31500 calories for those three days. With an average TDEE of say 2500 cals a day... that's only 7500 calories of a deficit if you ate nothing for those three days...

Don't look for shortcuts. Eat properly, exercise and drink enough water and you will lose weight. Don't go after fad diets that are severly unhealthy.
January 28, 2013 8:14 AM
I say to each his own. I Tried it the other day because I was on a plateau for over 2 months the first two days i lost 2.5 lbs. I messed up and didn't do the third day I'm still down 1.5 so that's all I care that i hope i finally broke this plateau, Starting it over again this am. even if I only lose a few lbs its better then NOTHING!
  23876598
January 28, 2013 8:15 AM
I'm not concerned with honest feedback just wasn't expecting the attitudes that came with some of them. Again I didn't know it was considered a fad diet.
  21683347
January 28, 2013 8:16 AM
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I'm not concerned with honest feedback just wasn't expecting the attitudes that came with some of them. Again I didn't know it was considered a fad diet.


Now you do. Problem solved.
  17170557
January 28, 2013 8:18 AM
I could prolly stick to it for 3 days...yea I know I can. What do I do for day 4-rest of my life?
  21722456
January 28, 2013 8:18 AM
I wasn't looking for shortcuts, it was just something I seen when I logged into Pinterest today and was wondering about it is all. I didn't realize it was under 1000 calories for day 1 alone and I couldn't/wouldn't go that low.
  21683347
January 28, 2013 8:20 AM
i did it last year and lost 7 pounds but gained it back with holidays it works but some of the food is bland.
  36029899
January 28, 2013 8:20 AM
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I'm not concerned with honest feedback just wasn't expecting the attitudes that came with some of them. Again I didn't know it was considered a fad diet.


FYI: In general, anything with the word "Diet" after it is probably a "fad diet."
January 28, 2013 8:20 AM
This diet is okay but I'm a much bigger fan of the all pixie stix 72 hour 30lb shed diet. It's a little extreme but it works great. I got it off the back off a Willy Wonka wrapper so it must be safe. HA! See! I can make up absolutely absurd diet plans that make no sense as well! Time to sign up for Pintrest I guess
January 28, 2013 8:21 AM
Pinterest should have a disclaimer. "For every 1 cool / good idea, we're gonna show you at least 3 that are rubbish."

Fads spread like wildfire on there. Consider the sources.
  17170557
January 28, 2013 8:28 AM
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I am making lifestyle changes and have no issues in doing so, I was just asking if anyone had heard about it or used it, no reason for smart ass comments. It is very low carb as when I entered day 1 into MFP I wasn't even at 1,000 calories no way I could go that low.


There's your answer. Anyone saying "it works"...well of course it will "work"....eat barely anything and stuff that is god awful bland and you will drop a few lbs. But why do that to yourself?

It isn't going to jump start anything...it's going to drain you of some water weight and that's it. Instead, eat at a decent deficit and exercise , fuel your body appropriately and I assure you that you will lose actual fat along the way.. The chemical breakdown shakedown thingy is just a load of fooey.
January 28, 2013 8:29 AM
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I'm not concerned with honest feedback just wasn't expecting the attitudes that came with some of them. Again I didn't know it was considered a fad diet.


Ignore the snark and take what is helpful.

You said yourself it was too low in calories so not much else to hear, I would guess.
January 28, 2013 8:30 AM
Not sure where they get "military" out of this... If you have never been in the military, think of a chow hall as a high school cafeteria for adults. You can make just as many good/bad decisions, and you certainly don't have anyone telling you to "eat X and nothing else."

I'm going to echo the sentiment of not looking at fads. The Dukan Diet made my husband and me lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. You have to make choices that you can live with. If a diet is a short term solution, the weight loss will be a short term benefit.
January 28, 2013 8:37 AM
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What the heck? I was in the army and I never heard of such nonsense.


And the occasional mre when you are out in the field. And those are like 1000+ cals if I remember correctly.




If I recall correctly, they are something like 4,000 calories, because they are supposed to last you up to a week if you are ever in a bad enough pinch. They are small-ish, portable, and contain a pathetically miniscule scrap of toilet paper. tongue
January 28, 2013 8:48 AM
I had a recruiter give me a 3-day diet plan (different than the one you describe) hoping I could lose the 20 pounds I would need to join up.

I tried it, it sucked, decided to get money for college elsewhere.
January 28, 2013 9:44 AM
I did this diet when I was in college. I was incredibly moody for 3 days, and I lost 4 lbs of water weight. That was pretty much all that happened.

My cousin did it a week or two ago. She lost 6 lbs, and immediately gained it back. She went from eating roughly 3000 calories per day to about 800 on this diet, so of course she lost a ton of water. It would've been fine if she had moved from that to a sensible, healthy diet. Instead, she went back to eating pizza and wings just like before.

The thing about very low calorie diets is that they are not sustainable. From a health standpoint, your body cannot function properly on less than 1000 calories per day for very long (because of lack of energy but also lack of essential nutrients). From a standpoint of developing good habits, it's just not realistic to believe you will be able to stick with a very low calorie diet for life.

I don't believe in the concept of "jump starting" your weight-loss journey, but if you're the kind of person who gets a psychological boost from seeing yourself a few lbs lighter on the scale, then go ahead. Just be aware that losing that much weight in a few days is not realistic, that you will probably gain most of it back because it's water, and that you will not continue to lose at that pace in the future.
  517622
March 19, 2013 7:21 AM
I heard of this diet from a friend of mine who works out all the time. She informed me that when she went on this diet she lost 7lbs not 10, so with that being said my goal was to drop 7 lbs in three days. I went out to the store brought everything I needed I followed the diet to the T. I could not wait to get on the scale to see what I had lost because after being on this diet for three days I had to admit I did feel a lot lighter. I didnt feel as sluggish as I had normally felt. I also worked out as the diet suggested. I decided to start on Friday because the weekend is usually when I usually eat crazy or fall off of my diet. So when Monday came I was super excited about gettin on the scale. When I got on the scale I was so DISAPPOINTED to find that I only dropped 2lbs noway ....However I am going to try this diet again maybe I did something wrong (so in denial about this diet not working for me). I start it today and will post my before and after weight if I only drop two lbs again I will just make this my weekend diet and do something else during the regular work week...stay tune as I will post my results on Friday smooched
March 19, 2013 7:40 AM
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.However I am going to try this diet again maybe I did something wrong (so in denial about this diet not working for me). I start it today and will post my before and after weight if I only drop two lbs again I will just make this my weekend diet and do something else during the regular work week...stay tune as I will post my results on Friday smooched


Why not just eat healthy in moderation? This "diet" is ridiculous.
  17170557
March 19, 2013 9:28 AM
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I heard of this diet from a friend of mine who works out all the time. She informed me that when she went on this diet she lost 7lbs not 10, so with that being said my goal was to drop 7 lbs in three days. I went out to the store brought everything I needed I followed the diet to the T. I could not wait to get on the scale to see what I had lost because after being on this diet for three days I had to admit I did feel a lot lighter. I didnt feel as sluggish as I had normally felt. I also worked out as the diet suggested. I decided to start on Friday because the weekend is usually when I usually eat crazy or fall off of my diet. So when Monday came I was super excited about gettin on the scale. When I got on the scale I was so DISAPPOINTED to find that I only dropped 2lbs noway ....However I am going to try this diet again maybe I did something wrong (so in denial about this diet not working for me). I start it today and will post my before and after weight if I only drop two lbs again I will just make this my weekend diet and do something else during the regular work week...stay tune as I will post my results on Friday smooched


If you want to kill yourself, there are far more efficient methods.

If you want to lose weight and be healthy, you might look at any one of HUNDREDS of threads on this site about the dangers of being this stupid. Better still, you could look at one of the THOUSANDS of threads about how people have been successful.

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