Weight loss seems to be a hot topic right now, especially with the heightened emphasis on natural and organic foods, fast food restaurants offering "light" options, GMO labeling; the whole country seems fascinated with their food.
A cursory Google search for fast weight loss will bring up millions of results, and among them is the 3 day "military" diet. Now I know rapid weight loss can be unhealthy, especially if taken to the extreme, but I decided that I needed a quick, effective way to lose a few pounds in order to see results and keep up my motivation.
So this week, I took on the Three Day Diet.
I found a post here outlining the foods, effects, stories, and even a poll to see how much weight users lost. This plan is all over the internet. It's basically three days of very low calorie intake in order to lose weight, and features common ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
The website touts weight loss of 10 pounds. According to the poll of over 5,000 people, most lose up to 7 pounds, which is impressive in three days! However 17% lost nothing...but I took a risk and went for it anyway!
I don't know if the military really does use this diet- if they do, we need to feed our service men and women more food!!
Some sites claim that it's chemically balanced and no substitutions are allowed. I don't think that's the case: if you cut your calorie intake in half for three days, you will probably lose weight, chemically or otherwise.
So does the 3 day diet work? Here is my honest experience.
Monday through Wednesday, I ate only what was listed, which includes normal household foods like toast, hard boiled eggs, tuna, bananas, and believe it or not, vanilla ice cream! On my particular diet, green tea or black coffee is allowed on Day 1, but it's only water from then on. At least my grocery shopping was simple, fast, and pretty cheap.
I tracked my food using Lose It, and my average calorie intake was about 900. I also drank at least 4 water bottles a day- I know that's not enough, but compared to my usual (one bottle at work, OJ with breakfast, milk at lunch, and a beer at dinner) I think my body appreciated the hydration!
On Day 1 and 2, I was not hungry outside of meal time. On Day 3, I was ravenous, but the last day is the lowest calorie allowance. Because it was only 3 days, it was easy to get through it, and it was so nice not having to think about what to make for dinner.
The result: after weighing in this morning, I lost 2.5 pounds in 3 days. I started with reasonable expectations- my goal was 3 pounds, so at least I was close. I should note that outside of housework, I did not exercise.
I am happy I lost anything, never knowing what to expect from what is probably a fad diet. There is still a long way to go to my goal, but this helped me get in gear to start eating healthier and lose weight. I may insert this diet into my regular plan when I need a kick-start or start to plateau.
I am no nutritionist, but even as a layperson, I know this is a weird diet. Most weight loss plans don't include toast or starches like it, ice cream, and especially hot dogs, natural or not. That said, I lost weight, I feel fine, and I encourage you to form your own opinion. After all, this is just my review.