The very word gives most of us a feeling of absolute and utter dread.
‘No more pizza. Double the exercise. Nothing but water. Kale. Kill me now.’
In fairness I do 3 workouts a week, but I have my moments where I let it slip and indulge myself.
Happens to all of us right?
Holidays, birthdays, Christmas and rightly so being the hard working fitness enthuasist we are we deserve a little let up now and then right?
So while working hard but wanting to lose a quick couple pounds I decided against my better judgement to try a diet…
The diet I tried was called The 3 Day Military Diet it looks a little something like this:
Black coffee, 1/2 a grapefruit, 1 slice of dry wholemeal toast and 1 TBSP of peanut butter.
I was pretty pleased with this breakfast. It was filling and actually pretty tasty I was thinking that this whole diet was going to be a breeze.
Black coffee, 1/2 cup of cottage cheese (I cannot stand tuna!), 1 slice of dry wholemeal toast, 1 oz of cheddar cheese.
I was hungry by the time lunch rolled around, but I figured it was simply due to not snacking between meals (which I’m a real fan of) but after I ate (or rather wolfed down) lunch I was sated but just barely…
3 oz of chicken, 1 cup string beans, 1 cup carrots, 1 small apple, 1 cup vanilla ice cream.
When I saw my dinner on the plate I actually wanted to cry. It looked DEPRESSINGLY plain and oh so small… Dessert however was a much more pleasant experience (because who doesn’t LOVE ice cream?) I was sated for a while but definitely had some hunger pangs by the time I was going to bed.
Black coffee, 1 boiled egg, 1 slice of wholemeal toast, 1 banana.
By the time I woke up and had worked out I was RAVENOUS. I wolfed this down I felt okay for a little while after it but hunger was creeping in well before lunch.
Black coffee, 1 cup of cottage cheese, 5 saltine crackers.
Five saltine crackers are simply not enough for that much cottage cheese and as a result I ended up eating the cottage cheese with a spoon on its own. It was a miserable lunch and I was feeling hungry again shortly after.
2 beef franks, 1 cup broccoli, 1/2 cup carrots, 1/2 a banana, 1/2 a cup of vanilla ice cream.
I thought yesterdays measley portion of food was bad, but this, this was worse. It barely filled up a small saucer! I was tempted to give up at this point and order in some chinese food because I was getting hangry (anger which stems from hunger the struggle is real), but I put on my big girl panties and dealt with it. I wanted to know if this diet worked and I wasn’t about to let the previous days suffering be in vain. The one positive thing I found out from this meal is that banana and ice cream are divine together and worth eating outside of this awful diet.
Black coffee, 5 saltine crackers, 1 oz of cheddar cheese, 1 small apple.
I once again woke up starving and tore through this like a lion through a wildebeest it barely made a dent in my hunger. My morale was very low by this point but I kept telling myself ‘It’s just one more day, you’ve been through two days of this you can do it!’.
Black coffee, 1 hard boiled egg, 1 slice of dry wholemeal toast.
I inhaled this meal so fast it barely registered with me that I’d even eaten at all. At this point I was just willing the day to end so I could eat normally again.
1 cup cottage cheese (the smell of tuna makes me physically wretch), 1 cup cauliflower, 1 cup carrots, 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream.
This was probably the most depressing meal of them all. The low fat cottage cheese was tasteless, I overcooked the cauliflower so it was like mush and somehow the carrots were still too hard. I munched it down with a face on me that would make milk turn sour.
Even the half cup of ice cream didn’t make up for this one.
I lost 3 pound in 3 days…
Then promptly put it back on within a week despite eating healthily!
As I suspected this is yet another crash diet that will work if you want to drop some water weight and appear less bloated for a special event like a wedding or a birthday. (If you think the suffering is worth it!)
The weight however will probably not stay off and you’ll end up back where you started except now you’ll have a new found dislike of plain boiled veg.
Would I recommend it? Definitely not.
Unfortunately in this case hard work does pay off if you want it to stay off and exercise definitely feels better than starving yourself!
Thanks for reading!