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Euphy
07-13-2013, 01:44 PM
I'm sure you've heard of the 3 Day Military Diet. It's been going crazy around the internet, so I thought I would try it. It is very strict and you're not really supposed to substitute or add any kind of condiments. On their website, it says it is a form of intermittent fasting. It is pretty low in calories, so I'm not sure if I would recommend it to someone that is pretty active, but I work at home for a living and I am pretty sedentary. You're supposed to do it 3 days on, 4 days off, yet still staying around 1500 calories on the off days. They say you can do this until you reach your goal weight.

Here is the plan:

Day 1 Breakfast:
1/2 Grapefruit
1 Slice of Toast
2 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter
1 cup Coffee or Tea (with caffeine)

Lunch:
1/2 Cup of Tuna
1 Slice of Toast
1 cup Coffee or Tea (with caffeine)

Dinner:
3 ounces of any type of meat
1 cup of green beans
1/2 banana
1 small apple
1 cup of vanilla ice cream


Day 2:
1 egg
1 slice of toast
1/2 banana

Lunch:
1 cup of cottage cheese
1 hard boiled egg
5 saltine crackers

Dinner:
2 hot dogs (without bun)
1 cup of broccoli
1/2 cup of carrots
1/2 banana
1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream

Day 3:
Breakfast:
5 saltine crackers
1 slice of cheddar cheese
1 small apple

Lunch:
1 hard boiled egg (or cooked however you like)
1 slice of toast

Dinner:
1 cup of tuna
1/2 banana
1 cup of vanilla ice cream

The first day wasn't hard at all. I felt very full after each meal and the ice cream was great! I didn't feel restricted at all. The second day was a bit harder and I kinda cheated. My potassium tends to get a bit low sometimes around that TOM because I get extremely bloated and I took a couple diuretics. So instead of half a banana, I had a full banana and a glass of orange juice instead of the ice cream. I did the same thing with the third day dessert.

So this past week, I have lost 6 lbs. I'd say it was pretty worth it. Like I said, I am pretty sedentary. I do a light workout, but nothing too strenuous right now. I wonder if it had made a difference if I hadn't "cheated." I am going to try it again when I'm finished with the 4 days off. I'll see if the weight just comes right back, but I think it might be a good temporary diet for those trying to get back on track with their eating habits. I have been eating much less the past month I've been off of birth control, but my diet was still full of fatty foods, just not as much of them as before.

I hope this was helpful to anyone out there looking into the 3 day military diet or just looking for something new to try!


CandieRae
07-13-2013, 03:55 PM
That's pretty darn good results for a week!

I've never actually heard of this diet, and to be honest, if it were me, I'd end up dying if I had to do this. I can't STAND grape fruit or tuna. And I'm allergic to eggs. I don't drink coffee or tea either (bleck.) haha So obviously, this would NOT work out for me, but that's awesome that you are doing so well on it!

Desiderata
07-13-2013, 04:10 PM
edit - invoking Thumper's rule on myself. :)


ILoveVegetables
07-13-2013, 06:48 PM
Thanks for the information. I've been thinking about going on a short, super strict diet to kick off the weight loss, and this is starting to look good. Are you sure it's not unhealthy to lose so much in so little time?

Euphy
07-14-2013, 12:37 AM
I imagine the weight loss will start to slow down after a while. That's probably when I'll switch it up and do something else. I think it's good for starting up and getting used to smaller portion sizes. You can lose up to 10 lbs, but most lose 3-6 from what I've seen. I'd check out the actual website over the pinterest version because it has more information.

Euphy
07-14-2013, 12:41 AM
That's pretty darn good results for a week!

I've never actually heard of this diet, and to be honest, if it were me, I'd end up dying if I had to do this. I can't STAND grape fruit or tuna. And I'm allergic to eggs. I don't drink coffee or tea either (bleck.) haha So obviously, this would NOT work out for me, but that's awesome that you are doing so well on it!
There are some substitutions, but not for the grapefruit. I guess the grapefruit really does boost your metabolism because I know you can't take it with certain medications or they'll metabolize too quickly and overload your liver. I think if it works, I will continue to do it, but I might try it with some of the substitutions instead to mix things up.

Mozzy
07-14-2013, 03:17 PM
Good for you!

I can't do that diet as I don't eat a majority of the things listed simply because I don't like the taste. Lol

But I think it's awesome that it worked for you!

JohnP
07-14-2013, 07:59 PM
I guess the grapefruit really does boost your metabolism because I know you can't take it with certain medications or they'll metabolize too quickly and overload your liver.

Nothing about this statement is correct. It doesn't speed up your metabolism. Grapefruit juice does suppresses the action of some enzymes in the body which metabolize certain drugs.

As for this diet - there is no science operating here other than a simple caloric deficit. Thinking anything else is happening here is absurd. How then, do I explain the six lb loss? Water flux.

I realize we all want to believe there is some special magical formula that will melt the fat from our bodies but it doesn't work that way. There is no magic.

emurph
07-15-2013, 07:29 AM
LOL how is this a military diet? Pretty sure that entire 3 days worth of food is less fat/calories/sodium than what's in one MRE.

Good luck, but I don't see how on earth that is sustainable for the long term and won't result in immediate regain.

Euphy
07-15-2013, 01:20 PM
LOL how is this a military diet? Pretty sure that entire 3 days worth of food is less fat/calories/sodium than what's in one MRE.

Good luck, but I don't see how on earth that is sustainable for the long term and won't result in immediate regain.

I'm not sure where the name came from. What I've read on some other forums is that it's actually used for overweight patients before going into surgery that need to lose weight quickly.

Nothing about this statement is correct. It doesn't speed up your metabolism. Grapefruit juice does suppresses the action of some enzymes in the body which metabolize certain drugs.

As for this diet - there is no science operating here other than a simple caloric deficit. Thinking anything else is happening here is absurd. How then, do I explain the six lb loss? Water flux.

I realize we all want to believe there is some special magical formula that will melt the fat from our bodies but it doesn't work that way. There is no magic.
Yeah, I actually took the time to look it up yesterday and saw my statement was wrong. Oops!

pnkrckpixikat
07-15-2013, 07:56 PM
LOL how is this a military diet? Pretty sure that entire 3 days worth of food is less fat/calories/sodium than what's in one MRE.

Good luck, but I don't see how on earth that is sustainable for the long term and won't result in immediate regain.

I originally wanted to lose weight to go into the military, so I looked alot into boot camp and asked all my friends who were or had been in the military about boot camp and their military experience.

This diet looks like what I remember what my friends described as the diet in boot camp and training school for those that met the weight requirements to join but not to pass PT tests.

eta: I could be 100% wrong so if anyone is ex-military and knows better feel free to correct me :)

TheGreatDepression
07-16-2013, 12:00 AM
Nothing about this statement is correct. It doesn't speed up your metabolism. Grapefruit juice does suppresses the action of some enzymes in the body which metabolize certain drugs.

As for this diet - there is no science operating here other than a simple caloric deficit. Thinking anything else is happening here is absurd. How then, do I explain the six lb loss? Water flux.

I realize we all want to believe there is some special magical formula that will melt the fat from our bodies but it doesn't work that way. There is no magic.
LOL. I love it when you come in with your reality hammer and smash it over all of us.

emurph
07-16-2013, 06:49 AM
I originally wanted to lose weight to go into the military, so I looked alot into boot camp and asked all my friends who were or had been in the military about boot camp and their military experience.

This diet looks like what I remember what my friends described as the diet in boot camp and training school for those that met the weight requirements to join but not to pass PT tests.

eta: I could be 100% wrong so if anyone is ex-military and knows better feel free to correct me :)

Ahhh, that makes sense. I thought it was supposed to mimic how military members eat.

DH is deployed and has lost 30+ lbs from running up and down ladders on a hot ship all day long. I told him he should come home and open up a gym that mimics this environment.

wannaskipandlaugh
07-16-2013, 07:53 AM
Now I am going to date myself.... I have this exact same diet from 27 years ago taped to my fridge... It had beets on the 3rd day of dinner tho... LOL Funny how things come and go! But yes.. It does help you lose... Its just hard to not go wacky on those 4 days off... :)

freelancemomma
07-16-2013, 08:03 AM
The diet seems reasonably balanced, but it wouldn't work for me because it's too bland (no butter, mayo, dips or sauces). Tuna with mayo, chipotle sauce, chopped onions and cilantro tastes great to me; plain tuna, not so much.

F.

Annik
07-16-2013, 08:15 AM
Nothing about this statement is correct. It doesn't speed up your metabolism. Grapefruit juice does suppresses the action of some enzymes in the body which metabolize certain drugs.

As for this diet - there is no science operating here other than a simple caloric deficit. Thinking anything else is happening here is absurd. How then, do I explain the six lb loss? Water flux.

I realize we all want to believe there is some special magical formula that will melt the fat from our bodies but it doesn't work that way. There is no magic.


You've got your facts wrong here! Grapefruit is considered one of the super foods for weight loss.

Links have been established between it and reduction of insulin levels.

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JohnP
07-16-2013, 01:22 PM
You've got your facts wrong here! Grapefruit is considered one of the super foods for weight loss.

Links have been established between it and reduction of insulin levels.

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"Getting solid information is easier than ever. Getting misinformation is even easier." - Kaplods

Naringenin is in grapefruits. In mice, this has been shown to reduce insulin. We are not mice. This has not been replicated in humans.

In a human study, grapefruit before a meal in diabetics showed a slight increase in insulin sensativity that grapefruit juice did not cause. Why? Grapefruits themselves have lots of fiber.

Grapefruits do have a lot of nutrients and fiber without many calories so in that sense I'd agree they are a good addition to anyone's diet assuming there are no bad drug interactions but they don't speed up your metabolism.

Hope this helps.

By the way - I love it when I am wrong. It means I learned something new. So by all means, please point out when you think I am wrong.

Elladorine
07-16-2013, 01:35 PM
Now I am going to date myself.... I have this exact same diet from 27 years ago taped to my fridge... It had beets on the 3rd day of dinner tho... LOL Funny how things come and go! But yes.. It does help you lose... Its just hard to not go wacky on those 4 days off... :)
My mom somehow got a copy of this diet about 25 years ago, but it was simply called The Three Day Diet and was a photocopy of a sheet that had been crudely typed up by someone. It also had beets on the third day of dinner, and the egg was poached (misspelled as "pouched," lol). Seems like I lost 7 pounds on it (as a 13-year-old!) but had no clue what an overall healthy lifestyle was and didn't have any real success until many, many years later. :dizzy:

Here is an interesting article (http://www.diet.com/g/cleveland-clinic-3day-diet) on the history of this diet.

pnkrckpixikat
07-16-2013, 04:19 PM
My mom somehow got a copy of this diet about 25 years ago, but it was simply called The Three Day Diet and was a photocopy of a sheet that had been crudely typed up by someone. It also had beets on the third day of dinner, and the egg was poached (misspelled as "pouched," lol). Seems like I lost 7 pounds on it (as a 13-year-old!) but had no clue what an overall healthy lifestyle was and didn't have any real success until many, many years later. :dizzy:

Here is an interesting article (http://www.diet.com/g/cleveland-clinic-3day-diet) on the history of this diet.

Interesting! thanks for the link Elladorine

Annik
07-16-2013, 09:07 PM
Naringenin is in grapefruits. In mice, this has been shown to reduce insulin. We are not mice. This has not been replicated in humans.

In a human study, grapefruit before a meal in diabetics showed a slight increase in insulin sensativity that grapefruit juice did not cause. Why? Grapefruits themselves have lots of fiber.

Grapefruits do have a lot of nutrients and fiber without many calories so in that sense I'd agree they are a good addition to anyone's diet assuming there are no bad drug interactions but they don't speed up your metabolism.

Hope this helps.

By the way - I love it when I am wrong. It means I learned something new. So by all means, please point out when you think I am wrong.

You have an excellent approach and attitude! I love to learn, too.

There have been several medical studies now linking grapefruit with weight loss. Here for instance is an abstract from the Endocrinology Division at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California. It points out that regardless of consumption of fibre of grapefruit, insulin resistance improves.

Summary: Human Study Confirms Grapefruit Promotes Weight Loss

A study published in the March 2006 issue of the Journal of Medicinal Food supports the long-held belief that grapefruit is useful in the battle of the bulge. Dr. Ken Fujioka from Scripps Clinic in San Diego conducted a 12-week study of 100 obese men and women and found that consuming one-half grapefruit before meals resulted in an average weight loss of 3.6 pounds with some participants losing up to 10 pounds. Individuals who ate the grapefruit had significantly lower levels of insulin in their blood, which the researchers speculated resulted in the weight loss. Insulin promotes hunger, so having lower levels of insulin in the blood helps dieters control hunger. The researchers further speculated that a natural plant compound in grapefruit, not the fiber content, was responsible for the weight loss since those who consumed grapefruit juice also lost weight despite the lack of fiber.


The effects of grapefruit on weight and insulin resistance: relationship to the metabolic syndrome.
Fujioka K, Greenway F, Sheard J, Ying Y.
Source: Division of Endocrinology, Department of Nutrition and Metabolic Research, Scripps Clinic, La Jolla, California 92130, USA. fujioka.ken@scrippshealth.org

Abstract

To study the effects of grapefruit and grapefruit products on body weight and metabolic syndrome, 91 obese patients were randomized to either placebo capsules and 7 ounces (207 mL) of apple juice, grapefruit capsules with 7 ounces (207 mL) of apple juice, 8 ounces (237 mL) of grapefruit juice with placebo capsule, or half of a fresh grapefruit with a placebo capsule three times a day before each meal. Metabolic syndrome parameters were measured at the beginning and end of 12 weeks. After 12 weeks, the fresh grapefruit group had lost 1.6 kg, the grapefruit juice group had lost 1.5 kg, the grapefruit capsule group had lost 1.1 kg, and the placebo group had lost 0.3 kg. The fresh grapefruit group lost significantly more weight than the placebo group (P < .05).

A secondary analysis of those with the metabolic syndrome in the four treatment groups demonstrated a significantly greater weight loss in the grapefruit, grapefruit capsule, and grapefruit juice groups compared with placebo (P < .02). There was also a significant reduction in 2-hour post-glucose insulin level in the grapefruit group compared with placebo. Half of a fresh grapefruit eaten before meals was associated with significant weight loss. In metabolic syndrome patients the effect was also seen with grapefruit products. Insulin resistance was improved with fresh grapefruit. Although the mechanism of this weight loss is unknown it would appear reasonable to include grapefruit in a weight reduction diet.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16579728

JohnP
07-16-2013, 10:22 PM
I'd have to see the full text of that study. You can't tell much from the information in the abstract. That said - I did a little more research and found another interesting study this one has the full study and not the abstract.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3039556/

In this one, GF or GF juice had no effect compared to water on fat loss but it did affect the lipid profile.

I'm not quite ready to award grapefruits the title of diet superfood but there does seem to be some further information to learn here.

Regardless - I've seen nothing that demonstrates GF speeds up one's metabolism.

Elladorine
07-17-2013, 01:19 PM
Interesting! thanks for the link Elladorine
No problem! :)

And for the fun of it, this page (http://feminineways.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/cooking-043.jpg) looks eerily similar to the copy my mother had all those years ago.