Health + Fitness

Operation Skinny: 3-Day Military Diet

ALERT: This continues to be my most popular post, but I DO NOT CONDONE THIS DIET. The calorie intake is too low to be healthy. PLEASE don’t do it! If you want to lose weight, follow a diet similar to day one. 

I’m sure you guys have all seen it on Pinterest – the 3-Day Military Diet – lose up to 10lbs in 3-days! Well, I tried it.

3 Day Military DietStarting Weight: 162

Day 1: 955 Calories

Day 1 really wasn’t bad. I don’t like coffee, but I had coffee with breakfast with a sweet & low pack. Also added sweet & low to my tea at lunch, and mustard to my tuna. I had canned chicken for my meat, and ate the banana with the ice cream. The apple turned into a snack after dinner. You’re supposed to work out on this plan, so I went to Yoga for 75 minutes.

Day 2: 1205 Calories

Again, not too terrible. I love hard boiled eggs and hot dogs, so I had nothing to complain about. I did load the hot dogs with ketchup, though. Also spent 20 minutes on the elliptical and did arms (note: I love this arms plan. It’s short, but you absolutely feel it!)

Day 3: ? Calories

OKAY – I give. I had a HUGE headache all day. This is the lowest amount of food in the entire diet, and it definitely wore on me. I did breakfast and lunch, but went to happy hour with a friend for dinner.

Final Weight: 159.5

I won’t be doing this diet again. I’m using MyFitnessPal to track my food, which ALWAYS helps! I also like Fitocracy – it gives me a challenge to get more points then the last day!

8 replies on “Operation Skinny: 3-Day Military Diet”

That’s not the original it’s a little different it’s lose ten pounds in three and some of the food is missing from each day

It worked for me 234lbs and at the end i was 224 a diet has never worked for me before im so excited ive told every one they to have lost between 5-7 lbs in a 3 day span and i wasnt even hungry and yes i substituted one or two items as i went along no i did not excersize.

Hi and thanks for the valuable experience you’ve written down in your blog. I tried the 3 day military diet to shed 10 pounds for an upcoming vacation. Like you, I had a bit of a headache, but it was on the first day itself! Yup, it was quite challenging. I was irritable, maybe because it was low carb?
Anyways, I tried drinking lots of water (2-3 liters/day) and drank the customary 2 cups of black coffee on the second day. Headache and irritability were gone.
I also replaced the eggs with broiled fish and drank green tea to rev up my metabolism. Luckily, I made it through all 3 days!
In the end I lost around 6 pounds, which isn’t bad. I plan to try the diet again next week to see if I can still lose some weight.
By the way, here’s a good resource page that can help us during the diet

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