It seems like everyone is trying to lose weight these days. There are all sorts of diets out on the market, all promising to make you look incredible. But, most healthy diets require dedication and you must supplement with exercise. The essential thing to keep in mind when you’re losing weight is to not consume more calories than you can burn off.
But, for many people, the slow process can be discouraging. We only feel motivated if we see a drop in the scale. If you want to get a jumpstart to your new lifestyle, you can try this 3-day-diet that will make you see results fast.
This is called the “military” diet, but the military hasn’t endorsed it. Either way, people in the military tend to be in tip-top shape and this diet will require a military-style discipline. The following diet is intended for women, but men should add 100 calories a day in proteins to make up the difference.
This diet is intended to be three-days-on and four-days-off. But, during your off days, you shouldn’t be eating donuts for breakfast, Philly cheesesteaks for lunch and a T-bone steak for dinner. You should still eat in moderation during the four days, but you should keep your calorie intake under 1,500 during the three days.
To start things off, breakfast on the first day should consist of a cup of coffee or tea, half a grapefruit and a slice of wheat toast with two tablespoons of peanut butter. You can substitute almond butter if you can’t or don’t like peanut butter. You cannot add anything to your tea or coffee. Black coffee is also good because it can suppress your appetite.
For your next incredibly simple meal of the day, you are allowed half a cup of tuna, a slice of plain toast or a rice cake. Stop, I know you’re salivating because of how delicious this sounds. But, try to keep it together. You can again have a cup of coffee to have enough caffeine running through you that you’ll forget you’re starving.
For dinner, you get to really splurge. Actually, you do get to have one small treat. You can have three ounces of the protein of your choosing. That’s roughly a serving about the size of your palm. Also, throw a cup of greens in there. You can have half a banana and a small apple. Ready for the treat? You can have one cup of vanilla ice cream.
For breakfast the next day, you can have another piece of toast and a whole egg. You can’t fry the egg, so you either must poach or boil it to avoid extra calories from the oil. You can also have half a banana.
Now for the blandest lunch you’ve ever had in your life. But, remember you’re doing this for a reason. For lunch (look how appealing that is), you can have a cup of cottage cheese, a boiled egg and five crackers.
For dinner you can have not one, but two hot dogs! But, don’t you dare put them in buns or put any condiments on them. With that you can have a cup of broccoli, half a banana and half a cup of carrots. You can then treat yourself to one cup of vanilla ice cream. If you’re lactose intolerant, you can substitute with some almond milk.
You’ve made it to the third day. You’re almost out of this! For breakfast you can have five whole salted crackers, a slice of cheddar cheese (or soy cheese) and a small apple. Wash that all down with coffee and pretend that you’re totally full.
For lunch, you literally can only have a piece of toast and an egg. You can switch out the egg for two slices of bacon (which I recommend). As you see, you’re decreasing the daily calorie intake over these three days.
Your final dinner is going to suck so hard, but you wanted to lose weight fast so it’s not going to be fun. For dinner you can have a can of tuna, a half of a banana and a cup of vanilla ice cream. The ice cream doesn’t do anything for you anymore but bring you more sadness.
For all the vegetarians out there, you can substitute the meat protein with tofu, beans, or a Portobello mushroom. But remember, you should steam, bake or eat the veggies raw. Meat should be grilled or baked.
It is recommended that you don’t engage in intense exercise during this three-day diet, because of the low-calorie intake. Trust me, you’ll end up passing out in the middle of your cross-fit class if you do. Just do some light cardio for about thirty minutes.
Also, remember that you will not be losing pounds of pure fat. You will lose some fat, but much of it will be water weight and the loneliness of vacant bowels. But, it can give you that extra push of motivation you needed to get on the right path.