One of the most popular diets this season is the 3 day military diet which is a short-term diet designed to help you lose weight by limiting carbs and eating only three meals a day. The diet is very restricted and not recommended for long term. We highly recommend the 3 week diet diet for long-term results. Here is our guide to both the 3 day and 3 week diet plans.
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Military Diet Reviews and Diet Plan Menu
Day 1: Breakfast
- half of a grapefruit
- a single slice of whole-wheat or multi-grain toast
- 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (all-natural, sugar-free is preferred. I use sugar-free or organic All-Natural Peanut Butter)
- A single cup of black coffee without added sugar or cream
Military Diet Peanut Butter Hack:
So let’s get something straight here. The military diet is rough. It’s extremely restricted in calories and you really can’t eat a whole lot. Now, throughout the diet you’re allowed to eat a few tablespoons a day of peanut butter. I personally LOVE peanut butter and I’d like to eat more than 2 tablespoons if possible! So this is my hack for the military diet and I’ve had great results with it. One tablespoon of regular peanut butter = 94 calories on average. This means the two tablespoons allowed for breakfast today equals 188 calories. Now, I DON’T want you to cut calories on peanut butter because the diet already is heavily restricted. My hack is that I use powdered peanut butter so I can eat MORE peanut butter for the same amount of calories.
PB2 powdered peanut butter is incredible to use even when not on the military diet. You mix two tablespoons of the powder with one tablespoon of water to make a creamy peanut butter. And those two tablespoons equal only 45 calories! That means because you can have four times as much peanut butter for the same calorie count! So rather than two tiny tablespoons of peanut butter on toast during breakfast, you can literally mix 8 tablespoons of peanut butter with 4 tablespoons of water and have this mixture throughout the day when you’re hungry. A tablespoon here or there will help satisfy your cravings. 8 tablespoons of PB2 = 180 calories which is still 8 calories less than regular peanut butter and four times as much. You’re welcome 😉 They also have it in the chocolate variety for the same calorie count. Either option is fine to use during this diet!
Day 1: Lunch
- Half a cup of tuna (water-packed)
- 1 Slice of Toast
- 1 cup of black coffee with caffeine
Day 1: Dinner
- 3 Oz of meat (for example, grilled or baked chicken breast or turkey without skin)
- 1 C. of green beans (steamed)
- 1/2 banana
- 1 green or red apple
- 1 Cup of vanilla ice cream
Day 2 of the 3 Day Diet: Breakfast
- 1 Egg (prepared as you prefer)
- 1 Slice of wheat toast
- 1/2 of a Banana
- 1 Cup of Tea or Black Coffee
Day 2: Lunch
- 1 Cup of low-fat cottage cheese
- 1 Egg prepared as you prefer
- 5 crackers (preferable multi-grain or whole wheat)
Day 2: Dinner
- 2 Hot dogs (alone, without any bun or bread)
- 1 Cup of broccoli and half a cup of carrots
- half of a Banana
- 1/2 Cup of vanilla ice cream
Day 3 of the Military Diet: Breakfast
- 5 crackers (wheat or multi-grain if possible)
- 1 slice of cheddar cheese
- 1 medium apple
- A cup of black coffeel.
Day Three: Lunch
- 1 egg prepared as you prefer with minimum oil
- 1 Slice of whole wheat toast
Day 3: Dinner
- 1 Cup of tuna (or one large can)
- Half of a banana
- 1 Cup vanilla ice cream
How to Maintain Results after the 3 Day Military Diet:
While the 3 day diet can have great results for short-term initial weight loss, the sad reality is that this weight loss is usually short-lived. Dieting for a short amount of time will not lead to permanent results because it is impossible to eat under 1000 calories and maintain a healthy body and weight long-term. For best results and for long-term results that will stand the test of time, you need to invest in a long-term strategy that is designed for your body type and daily habits.
I recommend the 3 week diet as it is a sensible diet that will teach you about portion control and how much your body needs to consume and burn in order to lose a steady amount of weight.
The 3 Week Diet Plan
The incredible thing about the 3 week diet is that it is designed for you personally depending on your height, weight and current lifestyle. While other diets give a simple 1200 calorie menu plan for everyone to follow, this simply isn’t realistic. A 6’3″ man who works in a physical job as a laborer should not be eating the same as a 5’4″ woman who works at a desk in an office. Our bodies aren’t the same so why would our diets be?
The three week diet takes this into consideration and teaches you a formula to determine exactly how much food and what types of food your body personally needs to consume in order to lose weight. Not only does this program contain a diet guide but it also contains a workout manual to maximize your weight loss.
Essentially, you have two options here, both of which can work depending on your weight loss needs and goals. If you need to lose under 6 pounds particularly before an event or a party, the 3 day military diet is a great option.
However, if you need to lose over 10 pounds, you need to understand that weight loss of an amount that large cannot be maintained by doing short term drastic diets like the military diet plan we’ve just written.
The 3 week diet is a sensible long-term solution that you will be able to maintain over time. Let us know how you get on with either of the diets!