Thursday, August 9, 2012

3 Day Diet Results

Beginning Weight: 158lbs

Ending Weight: 149.5lbs

Total Weight Loss: 8.5lbs

For the next four days I will be monitoring my calories via SparkPeople. Its a free site and very useful. Then I will start the three day diet all over again. Here is the entire diet below and the blog I got it from.

Substitutes can be found here: http://ebcangel.blogspot.com/2013/02/3-day-diet-w-substitutions.html

Day 1


Breakfast Menu

1 slice of Toast ( I went with Whole Wheat)
2 Tlbs of Peanut Butter
Half a Grapefruit (I thought I had picked up Ruby Red...so wrong)
Tea or Coffee (As you can see I had just a smidge of creamer)


Lunch Menu

1 slice of Toast (again I went with wheat)
1/2 cup of Tuna (one can drained)
Coffee or Tea (I went with iced coffee with a little creamer)


Dinner Menu

3oz of any meat
1 cup of green beans
1 small apple
1/2 banana
1 cup of vanilla ice cream
Water


Day 2


Breakfast Menu


1 slice of Toast
1 Egg (it doesn't specify what kind)
1/2 Banana
Water (no coffee or tea allowed today or tomorrow)


Lunch Menu


1 cup of Cottage Cheese
5 Saltine Crackers
1 Hard Boiled Egg
Water


Dinner Menu


1 cup of Broccoli
1/2 cup of Carrots
2 Hot Dogs ( no buns)
1/2 cup of Ice Cream
1/2 Banana

Day 3


Breakfast Menu


1 Small Apple
1 Slice of Cheddar Cheese
5 Saltine Crackers
Water


Lunch Menu


1 Slice of Toast
1 Boiled Egg
Water


Dinner Menu


1 Cup of Tuna
1 Cup Ice Cream
1/2 Banana


*Disclaimer: This is not my diet plan I am just following it. Check with your doctor before doing this diet and read the blog link provided. I am simply sharing my experience with this diet and not recommending it*
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243 comments:

  1. Helllo!
    Glad to see that it worked for you :) question? Did the pounds stay off? and did you try it again? after the 4 days? I am going to be doing it this week and plan to do it for 1 month 3 on 4 off.

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  2. Crys,

    Yes it did stay off. The days in between I was watching my calorie intake and only taking in about 1200 calories so when I switched back to the diet it had little to no effect. Unfortunately I believe I will have to really work my butt off for the rest of the pounds but can't complain about the 9.5lbs I lost. :)

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  3. Thanks for letting me know! I will let you know how I do at the end of the month I plan on doing it every week tue,wed,thur then regular the rest of the time not so much calorie count but portion control :) we will see what happens!

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  4. Really hope it works for you Crys, yes I can't wait to see how you do!

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  5. So was sceptical, but would try anything that looks healthy and didn't starve myself. I started last Monday at 197lbs and after 1 week im down to 189. It works, its easy and you don't feel hungry. It balances your blood sugar and removes cravings for sugar and salt. I'v asked all my friends to just try it for a week and see how they do. I'm in for another round this week. Plus, I'm startin the Insanity workout. Should be fun.

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    1. If you start insanity, dont limit your calorie intake this much. That excercise program REQUIRES you to actually double your calori intake to build muscle. If you do this diet along with insanity, its going to kill you.

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    2. Very True! When first did Insanity, I only took in my recommended calories of 1600 a day and didnt lose any weight. I did it again with the correct amount of calories (almost double the original amount), and saw amazing results!

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  6. That's good to hear. Sometimes I actually found it difficult to each that much by the second and third day!

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  7. I did this diet a couple of weeks ago. T be completely honest...I was starving & had no energy. I lost 8 lbs and gained 3 back. I was going to keep going with it but didn't. I plan on doing it this coming week and staying with it for the 3 on 4 off for a couple months. I did it the first time to prove to myself that I could, now I need to do it to get back on my goal!

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    1. I was exactly the same way! Starving with no energy...maybe it's because I only need to lose 15? I also lost 8 and gained back 3. BUT that was 2 months ago and I've kept the 5 off! Maybe I'll do it again here soon.

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  8. Is there anything on the toast or tuna on day 3?

    And what do you think the effects of spacing out parts of each meal through the day? So the same amount/type of food, just not grouped into 3 meals, maybe 5? Just wondering if you've had any experience with that!

    Thanks, glad it worked!

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    1. On day one, today. I halved the peanut butter for breakfast. Half on the toast, the other with the apple as an afternoon snack. Also, I had crackers with the tuna for lunch instead of more toast. I haven't been hungry at all, but I also drink tons of water. I sliced and froze the banana to dress up my ice cream. So basically three meals and two snacks for me. Just the way I like it! Hoping this will work for me as a jumpstart to my fitness goals.

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    2. On day one, today. I halved the peanut butter for breakfast. Half on the toast, the other with the apple as an afternoon snack. Also, I had crackers with the tuna for lunch instead of more toast. I haven't been hungry at all, but I also drink tons of water. I sliced and froze the banana to dress up my ice cream. So basically three meals and two snacks for me. Just the way I like it! Hoping this will work for me as a jumpstart to my fitness goals.

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  9. MR I always seasoned things with Mrs dash and sometime a sprinkle of parm cheese. I dont kown how spacing them out would work but I dont see how it could hurt.

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  10. I don't eat tuna. can i substitute it with chicken?

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  11. If you go to the original blog I have seen people comment that you can substitute chicken and that it doesn't change the results. I would consult the original blog, there is a link above.

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  12. i did this diet several yrs ago and the wight did stay off but eventually i did gain all my weight back :-( i also took it to my Dr and asked him what he thought of it he said it was not bad he has seen much worse. Good Luck to everyone

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  13. i tried this diet but did not loose any weight! =(

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  14. As a Registered Dietitian, I am looking at this plan and it is ridiculous! It does not offer enough calories needed for the day. This is likely going to leave you hungry which could lead to binging. If you lose 10 lbs in a week, 1/2 of that is water weight and as soon as you go back to eating your "normal" diet, I guarantee you will gain it all back. Bottom line: Diets Don't Work! I could go on, but I will get off my soap box. My advice, if it sounds to good to be true, it is. For permanent weight loss, it's going to take some lifestyle changes and physical activity.

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    1. I agree! This is not nearly enough to keep my full! Instead of ice cream wouldn't yogurt be a better way of giving you the dairy. This whole thing seems crazy.

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    2. Seems like it works as a jumpstart for many people (including myself...lost 7 pounds initially, down 20 after 3 rounds). Three days of restricted calories is not going to kill your metabolism; in fact, it generally does quite the opposite. This diet has enough protein to sustain your systems for three days. Plus, I would venture a guess that most people who are seeing results from this know that they also must make healthy changes to thier lifestyle and eating habits overall. Bottom line: diets do work, negativity does not.

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    3. This diet is based on chemical reactions, that is why you have to eat the ice cream, it´s not about the low calorie intake but about the chemical reactions that these foods combined make inside your body.

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  15. My mother had told me the same thing as well that if I lost it that quick it would not stay off. I continued to maintain a 1200 calorie diet for the rest of the week with Sparkpeople.com which I love, and I haven't gained a pound back. However, I've always had a place where I level off, so to speak, and don't loose or gain. It's just about getting to that place for me. When I did sparkpeople.com they had me limited to the same amount of calories but I was limited to loosing 2 pounds a week. And yes a lot of it is water, which was a big part of my problem due to hormones. I will be doing this diet again here soon and see how it goes the second time around.

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  16. Wonder if there is anything you could substitute for the grapefruit, that is the only thing I don't like......

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    1. 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water atleast 30 minutes before eating.use another fruit in its place after.

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    2. I ate an Orange instead.. It's acidic and similar caloric intake. Not sure about the sugar levels though.

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  17. Nancy Brokaw I heard you can substitute orange juice

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  18. I agree with the Registered Dietitian; this diet is ridiculous. Diets work if you stay on them, but as soon as you go off of them, you will gain the weight back. So unless you plan to eat the diet listed above forever, or limit yourself to 1000-1200 calories a day forever, then good luck keeping the weight off. It's not a diet, it's a freaking lifestyle!! When will people get that?? It's not that hard of a concept!!!

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    1. I totally agree with U and the Registered Dietician on what U are saying--Complete lifestyle change is best--Eat Healthy--lean meats, cheeses- eggs in moderation---lower fat Dairy--Fruits--fresh and frozen are best--plenty of green/yellow/red the brighter the color the Healthier--vegetables--again--fresh and frozen are better than canned--cut refined sugars to a minimum if U eat them at all--Whole Wheat -Whole Grain Pastas, Breads are best--Dried Fruits occassionally--Nuts if U like them like Walnuts, Almonds--I like the Smuckers all Natural Peanut Butter--U do have to stir up the Oil in it and if U do that in a bowl--and cover and refridgerate it--U only have to do that once and It does not have added junk/sugar in it--Sugar Busters is a great Book to buy and keep and read and try to follow--Low Glycemic Foods--written by Doctors--My daughter did it for 6 weeks and lost 25 pounds and I did it and lost 18 pounds in the first 6 weeks and felt better than I felt in many years and was not hungry at all as it is not a fad diet--It is a Lifestyle that a person can live with the rest of their life--helps with Diabetes, Heart and Circulation--and over all Health--give it a Try and forget fad diets--hope this will help those who want to lose weight and stay healthy

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    2. I saw this diet many years ago. It was specifically formulated by a cardiologist only to be used for bypass patients who needed to lose alot of weight very quickly in order t undergo open heart surgery. Its not recrecommended for everyone.

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    3. This diet IS formulated for those needing for whatever reason to take some weight off quickly. It's not meant to be used for unending rounds. That is when it becomes unhealthy. Once you become less carbohydrated addicted, and in tune with your body, you should for optimum health, return to a lover caloric intake, and simply use your head when it comes to good carbs vs bad carbs, and keep a weekly exercise routine. You don't have to go to a gym, or a training camp. It's not rocket science. You MUST move your body to burn calories. Our metabolisms are furnaces. You MUST fuel a furnace properly to have it run for a long time, or it koncks out. Easy peasy comparison. Just use common sense.

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  19. Can I substitute for the coffee or tea?

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  20. just so everyone is clear negative post will not be published, so if you use name calling you post will not be published. If you disagree with anyone I will gladly post your comment regardless if that person is me, however there is no need to be rude.

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  21. Lifestyle change and a healthy diet, go hand in hand. A lifestyle change is about adding other heathly life styles changes (cardio, weightlifting). I think the diet is ok! Everyone should watch their portion control, no matter what type of food it is. & then of course once your down to your goal weight, start exercising more to build muscle. Of course working out means eating more, but as long as its not more calories than burned (portion control) Everything will level out. Its about sticking with it, and it always will be about that. So for someone to critize that concept, I dont think understands "lifestyle changes"

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  22. I did this "diet" with my mom this summer and I did lost about 5 pounds in the three days but my mom only lost 3. I switched to a healthier lifestyle about two years ago (working out and eating healthier) and my metabolism has sped up a lot. The whole time I did this diet I was starving!!! I cheated on the third day because I was feeling light headed and nauseous. My mom didn't feel hungry but she has a much slower metabolism which might be why she didn't lose as much. Needless to say, I agree with the dietician, it is not enough food if you have a decent metabolism. It was miserable and eating that much cottage cheese in one sitting is terrible just FYI.

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  23. Everyone should try this instead. Www.smartforlife.com

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  24. I did this diet years ago in the eighties..it has been updated a bit since then as it used to have beets on it. I think it is a great jump start. I feel if it works for you go for it. I lost on it, and tempted to do it again. For me if I see weight loss on the scale I then start eating healthy and continue losing. That is why I like this to kick start me!:-)

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  25. So you do it for three days then what.do start over?

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  26. Most people do start over after taking a 4 day break, I didn't simply because I didn't want to.

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  27. I'm going to try this, went out and bought all the ingredients yesterday. any helpful tips along the way, I give up on these things quite easily but I am think three days will be pretty simple right?

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  28. I did this diet for 2 weeks. Stuck with it which was hard with my daily routine and lifestyle. I lost 15 lbs. That was 3 months ago. I have not gained it back. It actually pushed me over the hump I had trouble getting over. I did have trouble with the 3rd day simply because I did nto get home till late and the time between what I hade for lunch and dinner was a little too long. I did feel good the rest of the time and actually had energy. I am getting ready to be off work for 2 1/2 weeks and will be trying it again. I feel really good with the 15 lbs off and according to my doctor everything is fine. For health reasons I need to lose another 10-15lbs. Hope that stays off as well. I love food! All kinds. but this was easy and stays off.

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    1. did you do it for two weeks straight you mean? ... or i might just be confused.

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  29. This diet actually works but you will feel hungry the entire time. It's a diet they give to over-weight patients needing to lose a bunch of weight quick so they can have surgery. If you don't like the grape fruit fresh, you can also drink unsweetened grapefruit juice. Also if you don't like cottage cheese (blech) you can switch it out for another 1/2 cup of tuna. Drink A LOT of water and understand that this diet is not meant to be done long term. The paperwork my dad got on this diet from his doctor said to do it for 7 days then take 2 days off and never do it longer than 2 weeks. Good luck!!!

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  30. what can you do if you can't eat tuna? can you substitute with chicken

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  31. Can you use sweet n low in the coffee/tea

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  32. I did this diet in high school and lost 25 pounds pretty quickly and easily. Be sure to drink lots of water. It helps with the hunger. You can also Google Three Day Diet to get substitutions for any items.

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  33. I tried this diet a couple of months ago, and didn't lose much--only about 4 lbs in the 3 days, but I only have about 25 lbs total to lose. It probably doesn't help that I usually subsist on about 1300 cals/day. Plus my metabolism is probably slow! It seems that the more you have to lose the more successful it is. I've heard it called the "3-Day Military Diet". -It's been around for many years.

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  34. I have a quick question I hope you can answer for me. I want to lose about 30 pounds. If I do this every other four days for a month, will I continue to lost weight? Or is does it just work for the first time you do it?

    Wait, one more...

    Is this just water wait, or will you actually be able to tell... physically, that you've lost weight?

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    1. I have not done it that long but that is the theory. The first time I did it, it was mostly water weight however others have continued to loose.

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  35. I was wondering if there was anything other then tuna that I could try? And still get the results....

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    1. I have heard canned chicken worked but have not tried it myself.

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  36. Hi Everyone! I knew this diet as the "cardiac diet". I did this diet with my best friend and we lost 6 lbs by the third day. We realized that the key to the diet was the severe caloric restriction so we continued restricting our calories to 1,000 calories during the other 4 days of the week. Within 6 months we lost about 50 lbs each. They strange thing is that about a year after starting the diet we both had to get our gall bladders removed. It may very well be a coincidence but the calorie restriction is so severe that it may have thrown our systems out of whack.

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    1. When I do restrict my calories on a regular basis I always stick to 1200 which is what sparkpeople.com recommend for my weight and height. If you are going to restrict you calories like that I would recommend that site as they monitior how many fats, carbs, and sugars you are taking in as well as calories.

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  37. Can you scramble the egg, does it have to be hard boiled? Is there a substitute for the hard boiled egg?
    Thank you

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    1. I did alternative things with my egg the second time around, i don't think it matters much as long as you don't add alot of extras.

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  38. Is there a vegetarian alternative to the tuna?

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  39. Do you have to moderate your water intake while doing this?

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    1. I would recommend drinking more, I would never moderate your water intake, its so important.

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  40. This was a cardiac diet for patients to lose alot of weight before surgery. Not a lifestyle to follow. Smaller portions, healthy choices and moderate exercise is the best change. Don't diet, make LIFESTYLE changes! One change at time, not all at once. Don't restrict yourself, smaller size of what you crave. Happy Eating!!

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  41. I'm allergic to peanuts. Do you know if there is another alternative?

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    1. The purpose of the peanut butter is protein so i would think almond butter or sunflower butter, although more expensive, will deliver even more protein if you do not possess those allergies as well.

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  42. Starting this tomorrow

    Currently 130lbs
    Goal 120lbs

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  43. this is way to little food. where are the healthy snacks to help keep blood sugar regulated? eating small meals every 3 hours or so and drink plenty of water and exerising is the best "diet" plan out there

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  44. Hi I'm allergic to egg what would be an alternative?

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  45. I just started this today and have 20 pounds to lose. I am wondering if there is anything that I can substitute the eggs for as I hate eggs? I can tolerate them fried but not boied or scrambled.

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    1. I did not boil mine the second time, if you do fry them I would recommend just a little olive oil otherwise I would think peanut butter would be a better substitute.

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  46. Can you substitute the tuna with anything else??

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  47. Do you exercise? There is no way that anyone who is exercising could survive off of of the little food you are eating.

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    1. I did light exercise like leg lifts and crunches but nothing too intense and only about 20 mins a day. However exercise was not recommended by the site I went to and I wouldn't recommend doing it simply because of the low calorie intake.

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  48. can i ask what i could sub in for tuna, i really dont like it :( chicken?

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    1. The same amount of tofu, cottage cheese, pumpkin seeds, 2 ounces cooked chicken, or 30 whole almonds or peanuts.

      more substitutions can be found here: http://www.everydiet.org/diet/3-day-diet

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  49. Elizabeth- I appreciate you posting this diet and also for keeping up with the comments. I've read through each comment and applied them to my situation.

    The one comment you didn't answer directly was the coffee and tea substition. I am a devout Mormon and therefore I obstain from drinking tea or coffee. The last site you recommended for substitutions offered several alternatives, but the only one that would work in my scenario is the sugar free hot chocolate.

    I went shopping yesterday to start the diet, and since I didn't see your last comment I substituted the coffee/tea with crystal light, no sugar, minimal calories (5 calories) energy mix. I chose this for the low calories and high caffeine (which I can have caffeine even though uninformed popular belief on Mormonism thinks otherwise).

    Anyway, I started this morning. I have 45 pounds to lose and hope to use this "crash diet" to get me going in the right direction. The dietitian is correct about creating a healthy lifestyle, but sometimes we need a jump start to get us going in the right direction. Anyone can do three days and hopefully with some immediate results it will motivate me to find the right lifestyle to carry on.

    Again, thank you for posting this and happy eating! ~James

    P.S. I found this post on Pinterest, just thought you would like to know!

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    1. James,

      Thank you for your interest and kind comments. I firmly believe the only reason for the coffee or tea is to help you loose water weight quickly and jump start your metabolism, although I can't be 100% sure. So I would think your choice would do the same thing to jump start the diet just not help as much with the water weight. here is a list of things I found that are suppose to help you loose water weight:

      Bananas, apricots, avocados and raisins are rich in potassium, which helps regulate your body’s fluid levels and relieves water retention.
      Green vegetables, seeds and nuts are high in magnesium, which also helps relieve water retention.
      Foods which are high in fiber such as whole grain cereal, whole grain rice and cabbage help with digestion, and relieve water retention and bloating.
      Yogurt also helps with digestion, and helps to reduce water retention.
      Ginger tea is a natural diuretic that can help with several health issues, including water retention.

      http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/weight-loss/lose-water-weight-keep-it-off.html#b

      Good luck!

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  50. I started this diet on the 2 of Jan. I have done it every week. I have only lost 10 pounds so far. (I didn't really think I could lose 10 pounds in three days.) I like this diet because I can stick with it.Just having trouble not seeing any more weight loss.Is there some thing I should do to get over the hump?

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    1. When I did weight watchers I always had to have a splurge day or I hit a plateau. I did not do this diet over and over again, I waited for my weight to settle. Meaning I waited until the "I Feel Skinny" wore off and I felt uncomfortable in my skin again to start the diet again. I didn't have to gain weight back to feel that way. Here is a page that might help:

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/weight-loss-plateau/MY01152/NSECTIONGROUP=2

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  51. I'm really interested in this diet... But I was curious to know if there's an alternative you can eat instead of Tuna (allergies)? Also I was wondering if doing this diet and working out will make you over exhausted and want to eat more? I would love to loose at least 20lbs-30lbs and get back down to my skinny weight.

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    1. Substitutes for Tuna include:

      The same amount of tofu, cottage cheese, pumpkin seeds, 2 ounces cooked chicken, or 30 whole almonds or peanuts.

      I did not exercise a lot during this diet because of the low calorie intake even though the blog I read it on recommended it. I think its dangerous to restrict yourself to so few calories and then work out to the point of exhaustion. I did leg lifts and light exercises while on this diet, nothing major though. Good luck!

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  52. Is there a certain kind of Vanilla Ice Cream that you have to eat or is it any kind? Is Vanilla Bean Ice Cream ok?

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  53. Can I way something different than the cottage cheese and the grapefruit?

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    1. For the Grapefruit: Any other piece of fruit in its place. i.e. orange or apple and Drink 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in water a half an hour before you eat.

      For the Cottage Cheese: 2 ounces of ham coldcuts or 2 eggs or slice of cheddar cheese.

      http://www.everydiet.org/diet/3-day-diet

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    2. Awesome thanks todays my first day

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  54. I did this diet last week and was exercising while on it and lost eleven pounds. I did not feel tired or exhausted at all after working out and it actually made it easier to eat the food because it would make me hungry where if I didn't work out I wouldn't want to eat anything

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  55. IF you wanna lose weight, get rid of wheat... it causes inflammation and does not allow you to lose the weight easily. I stuck to meat, dairy, nuts and veggies/fruits. I have lost 17 lbs in 2 months. I have so much energy and my stomach is always flat. I never feel bloated anymore. This seems unhealthy.

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  56. What kind of coffee? Just regular ground coffee? Can you use stevia? And i HATE cottage cheese, anything else i can substitute? I just lost 40lbs after baby 5, i eat really only lean proteins, veggies & 2 fruits but want this last 10lbs gone.

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    1. Any kind of coffee and stevia shouldn't be a problem. You can substitute a slice of cheddar cheese for the cottage cheese. good luck

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    2. I just saw this reply. I asked the same question earlier; thank you!

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  57. Of course you're going to loose weight, you're bearly eating anything. You will gain the weight back in a short amount of time. Useless for long term weight loss.

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  58. I have a question,if I want to eat the grapefruit later in the day instead of eating it in the morning will it matter? or does it have to be with the morning meal?
    Also can I use splenda with my coffee?

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    1. I'm not quite sure according to this website http://www.everydiet.org/diet/3-day-diet its all about the calorie restriction and not the actual foods you are eating. Splenda should be fine, i used cream and still lost.

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  59. Bought everything I need at the store and even have a co-worker who is doing it with me. I'm hoping it helps my cravings and gives me a jumpstart motivation on my weight loss.

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  60. What can I eat if I don't like Tuna?

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    1. The same amount of tofu, cottage cheese, pumpkin seeds, 2 ounces cooked chicken, or 30 whole almonds or peanuts.

      http://www.everydiet.org/diet/3-day-diet

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  61. Is it recommended to take a multi vitamin each day?

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  62. I tried this diet a few months back. I lost approx 6 lbs in the first day and a half. But I was so starving by then, I had to give it up. I became light headed and nauseous. I'm a nurse by profession and knew that I was not getting nearly enough calories to function in a day.
    I've switched to a 1200 calorie/day diet, Zumba and Spinning classes. I feel so much better about myself!

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  63. Hey,

    I'm only on day 2 and I've lost 7 pounds! To be honest it is a tough transition. But it is worth it.

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  64. What can I subsitute for the tuna? <----------hahaaaa! Just kidding! It cracks me up how many people asked that in the comments!

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  65. Do you have to follow this exactly? I hate tuna! Could you sub for something else?

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  66. On the link you have to the website where you got the diet, the website says 1 cup of cottage cheese, not 1/2 cup, thought you'd like to know :)

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    1. thank you it does and I've always done 1 cup :) Thanks!!

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  67. Elizabeth how much weight have you lost so far and how long have you been doing this?

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    1. I lost 11.5 lbs altogether and only did it twice. I am now trying the fast diet that i blogged about here: http://ebcangel.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-fast-diet.html

      I'd like to lose 10-15 more.

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  68. can i substitute ANYTHING for the 2 hotdogs for day 2? i fully, dislike hotdogs.

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  69. So, I love this whole plan. I just very much dislike cottage cheese. Any other suggestion to replace this would be grately appreciated please...

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  70. this is called the military diet. before you start it, you should start eating less ad more healthy. the reason is because your body is going from junk straight to this diet which doesn't involve a lot of food. it can cause migraines and can cause you to get extremely sick.

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  71. I cant eat bananas or peanut butter. What would you substitute them with?

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  72. Good Afternoon All,
    I just wanted to say that my husband did this diest for about a month now and the weight has stayed off as well as his food intake has decredsed. We have noticed that he can only eat small amounts. Now if only my willpower was as strong as his I would accomplish this diet as well. So happy for him.. Hope it work for yall too.. GOOD LUCK

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  73. Started today will leave comment with results on Thursday I hope it works :)

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  74. Starting today let's see how it goes....

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    1. So, I completed my 3 days today... First thing first, I enjoyed doing this diet... I didn't feel hunger or weak and I worked out during all 3 days for about an hour... I am definitely doing this again... In total I lost 3.6 lbs. which isn't much for some... But it was for me... It gave me my headstart and willingness to continue eating smaller portions and drinking more water... I strongly recommend it, its worth it! :)

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  75. I am finishing up day 2 and it's been pretty brutal! I even started watching my calories and exercising weeks before starting ( lost 6 lbs.) I thouht I was hungry at the begining stages of that process...this is much worse! I also have little energy...starving and get headaches...although headaches are probably from caffeine withdraws. I will finish this out but probably wouldn't do it again. I think sticking with smaller portions..every few hours...and exercising is a much better idea for me! I do hope this yeilds some amazing results for all the will power it has taken me..ha!

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  76. what if you're already average/skinny, would it work just as well? Wanting to lose the last 10 pounds

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  77. Good Morning! I weighed 240 as of Friday and I started this on diet on Saturday. Day 1 was easy, day 2 I struggled with a migriane but was a trooper and got thru it (I seriously think is was due to the lack of caffine, I eat lots of chocolate!) by the end of day 2 I was fine and I enjoyed the vanilla ice cream at the end of the evening. Day 3 was actually pretty good! I was proud of myself for having the will power!! So on Tuesday I went for a check up and I had to get weighed, I was super excited when the scale read 234.2 (and that was with clothes and boots on!!!) I came home and jumped on my scale here and it read 229.8!!!(no clothes) Heck Yay!!! Thanks so much for bringing this diet to my attention, all the items that are required I love to eat so it was no problem. Leaving out Chocolate is something I will have to get used to, but with results like these who needs chocolate!!

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  78. This will not work with my food allergies. Even the "substitutes are on my allergy lists. :/ Oh, well.

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  79. Good morning, just wanted to put my 2 cents in, if I may. Started day two this morning and am down 3.2 lbs. I am happy about that but I seem to be hungry alot if I don't drink my water. I think we all understand that this isn't the healthiest diet, but keep in mind that it is intended to be used for only 3 days. That in mind, it's not a bad jump start to a healthy way of eating. Thank you for this blog, I was looking for a current place to post on this topic, and this seems like a perfect spot! :)

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  80. Good morning again, just wanted to give my stats today. This is the morning of day 3 and I am down 2.6 more lbs. from yesterday. I started at 247.0 and am now at 241.2 in 2 days. So far, so good. Hoping to reach the 10 lbs by tomorrow morning, just to be able to say that it does work. Also want to add in that I have also been drinking diet soda in addition to the water and black coffee and/or tea, so not really sure if the "chemical thing" is valid, if I'm still losing this much weight. Anyway, will post again tomorrow morning with the total stats from the 3 days. Thanks for your time!

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    1. I agree I don't know that it has anything to do with chemicals, more so calorie restriction and caffeine.

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  81. can you eat snacks? also is there a substitute for the tuna beacuse i cant stand the taste of it. iam willing to eat it but i just wondering if i could skip it or eat something else instead.

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  82. Everything about this sounds great! I need to shed a few lbs before an event in 2 weeks and crossing my fingers this will help. Glad I can sub a glass of milk for the ice cream, that stuff is too cold for me :)

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  83. Any Substitute for cottage cheese?

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  84. Thank you! I found the link after I asked, SORRY!

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  85. What can you put instead of cottage cheese? ?

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  86. google (3 day military diet). its healthy. but if you want to loose weight and keep it up, its a lifestyle change. you cant deprive yourself of everything you want, then you will binge one day. calorie confusion is very effective. its win win .. you get to have your cake and eat it too (not the whole thing, just a few bites). i went from 298 to 175 ( 10 months) using this and going to the gym 5 days a week with just walking and free weights.

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  87. You should all think about the mercury intake when consuming this much tuna. Changed my lifestyle and joined weight watchers online over a year ago....I get to eat WAYYYY more than this and lost 75 lbs.

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  88. your blog is very good, but please remove the music.

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    1. if i ever get another comment about it then i'll think about but you've been the only one out of 1/2 million page views. There is a mute button/pause at the bottom right hand corner. Thank you for your input

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  89. I dont eat much now, so this diet will make me actually eat more. Do you think it will still work? also i only need to lose ten pounds total.

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    1. sometimes when you don't eat enough you won't loose. I have found that out. So you may surprise yourself

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  90. What if u dont like tuna can u substitue it for other meats and also the cottage cheese can u substitue it

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  91. I hate tuna..what could i switch it out for? Also not a big fan of the yolk of the egg either..

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  93. if people are starving, don't you think its obvious to cut out that scoop of ice cream & add a big bowl of broccoli that is probably the same exact calorie count?

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  94. There is a lot of salt and sugar in this diet. You would see better results if you incorporated more water, fruit, and vegetables instead of breads and crackers that are filled with refined ingredients and sodium/sugar.

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  95. Im confused about how this works. You eat this for three days, and then repeat? Or take a break in between? Can someone enlighten me please

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    1. You do this for 3 days then eat normal for 4 days and repeat meaning you can do it for up to 4 times a month

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  96. These fad diets don't work. If you want to lose weight you need to eat healthy food, drink plenty of water, cut out the crappy processed food, you also HAVE to exercise. If you burn off more calories than you eat you'll lose weight. I tried many different things, after having 3 children I was over weight and unhappy, I finally had enough, so I started off slow with yoga, then added Zumba, after losing a bit of weight I added kick boxing, I have dropped 8 pant sizes and now wear a 3/4, I am strong and healthy. I still allow myself treats, I just make sure I have 90% healthy food and if I want chocolate, I do. You can do it if you really want to. Just make a change from crap food to good food and get out there and move, even if its just walking.

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  97. What did you put on your tuna?

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    1. just mrs. dash and a sprinkle of parm cheese

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  98. I only have about 15-20 lbs to lose. After following the diet to a T, I had only a 2 lb weight loss. Don't think it is for people who have a small amount of weight to lose.

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  99. I've read all comments. What the heck... I'll give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

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  100. any sub for the cottage cheese?

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  101. I just started this diet today and have,drank 2 bottles of water (16.9oz) and feeling extreamly hungery. I had to add 3 crackers and a banana and i feel ok now. Had breakfast at 8am lunch at 11am dinner will be at 5pm. I am 155.8lbs, 20 years old, and 5'3. My husband is army and fully encourages me with keeping up with this diet:)

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  102. Hey y'all, I'm a nutrition major. If you want to lose some serious weight at a healthy rate (about 2 lbs a week), download the free myfitnesspal app.

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  103. Weight loss is not about dieting. It is a lifestyle change. I stopped smoking, stopped eating like crap, started exercising a BAM...lost 50 lbs. I couldn't have done it without myfitnesspal.

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  104. I'm going to try this diet and found Three Day Military Diet app to keep me on schedule.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id641856596

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    1. thats really cool i'll have to check it out

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  105. Very cool! Looks like the app has substitutions and a weight tracker.

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  106. I am on day one with this diet and plan on doing this for all the month of may but take a break for 4 days then back on for 3 then on for 4 you know like that for all of may thanks for sharing your blog

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  107. This is my third week on the diet (3 on, 4 off). I unfortunately dont have a scale but my clothes are fitting loose and my fiance says I look thinner (heres hoping hes not just humoring me lol). The hardest part for me was eating tuna for Wednesday supper...I ended up putting Frank's Red hot sauce on it and I actually really liked it that way. Anyone who is considering this diet...give it an honest try. The first week is a little tough but it gets easier as you go!! Don't give up...you have more strength than you credit yourself for.

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  108. I had a question. .I dnt like coffee or tea can I subsitute tht for fat free milk or sumthin along that line?

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  109. I did a diet much like this in the late 1980's, it was called the Rotation Diet. You followed the exact 3 day plan and then ate regularly for the rest of the week. It instructed you to do the diet for two weeks, take two off and start it again for two weeks. I remember losing the weight but I also remember that I drank a ton of water. Best wishes for success to those who are following it.

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  110. I'm allergic to fish and nuts... Is there an alternative to the tuna and peanut butter?

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    1. http://ebcangel.blogspot.com/2013/02/3-day-diet-w-substitutions.html

      as far as the nuts I'm not aware of any but I would say something of equal calories. I believe there is soybean butter, you might try biscoff spread, but it contains sunflower oil so I don't know if that will be an issue.

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  111. I think the reason so many people have a problem with this diet is because as Americans, we are accustomed to consuming HUGE and UNENDING amounts of food at any given meal. Other people around the world do not consume foods is such large quantities. It's not going to kill you to miss a few meals a week. For those who gained all their weight back it's probably because you exercised no self-control during your 4 days off. The American diet is one of the worst in the world, and the food industry put additives in their food to keep you coming back, which is why you feel like you are going to die if you miss a meal. Most people can't even make it through one day of fasting because of the way they are accustomed to eating, that's unfortunate. As you get older you need to eat less food, less junk food, less meat, more fruits and vegetables, drink more water and move more.

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  112. Did you eat the ice cream and banana as a dessert/snack or did you eat it with the dinner?

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  113. Thank you so much for posting this...I have lost 10 lbs in 3 days...For the people that don,t like this diet...Don try it..I will do it again in a few days...THANKS AGAIN...

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  114. I have tried this for 1 week and lost 6.5 lbs. I found I needed more control on my eating on the 4days off. Is it possible to do the 3 day diet longer than 3 days in a row?

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    1. The severe calorie restriction might actually make your body retain weight if you did it any longer. I think the on off thing is why you continue to lose because your body doesn't get use to it and think its starving.

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  115. Thanks for you're advice. That makes sense. I never thought of it that way. I guess I will have to work harder at eating healthy on the 4 days as well.

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  116. My mom and I started the diet today. Wish us luck! Will be updating on how it goes!

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  117. What can I substitute for tuna? I am allergic?

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  118. If you read the previous comments you can see lots of different substitutes.

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  119. I am on day 2 can I sub ranch to dip my veggis in at dinner and skip the icecream?

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  120. Can I use sweet n low in my tea??

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  121. I'm going to try this diet. I'm 110 pounds and hoping to be under 100.

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    1. how tall are you? It sounds like this is not a good idea for you to try.

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  122. sorry late response, but some source says u can

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  123. Vanilla ice cream:
    The vanilla ice cream in the Military Diet can be substituted for 1 cup of fruit flavored yogurt or apple juice. A good non dairy substitute is strawberry, vanilla or banana flavored almond milk. Do not substitute chocolate almond milk.

    http://themilitarydiet.com/military-diet-substitutions/

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  124. So I'm 14 years old about to turn 15 in a month in a half. I'm doing this diet because I'm 4'10" and I'm a little overweight I'm 98 but so far I'm on the second day and I only lost 3 pounds. Will I lose more tomorrow? Because I want to be 80 pounds.

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    1. At a weight of 98lbs that puts you at a BMI of 20.5 which is normal and good. If you were 80lbs you'd only be a 16.7 and wouldn't even be on the BMI chart.
      When I was in high school and your age I was anorexic and did not register on the BMI scale. I thought it was nice to be so shockingly thin and I had a sense of control over my life. I eventually learned to love food and it takes more control to eat healthy and eat the things you love without going over board than it does to deny yourself everything to make yourself so thin. I know because I've tried both. Looking in the mirror and realizing you are beautiful at a healthy weight is an accomplishment I hope you achieve.

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  125. Are there any subs for certain foods?..

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  126. This meal is too simple,I don't know if I can stick to it! 2 day diet

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  127. My mom used to do this about 10 years back and she always lost 3-5 lbs. She seemed to keep it off for months at a time. I'm on it right now. I'm starting at 148 and hoping to use this as a jump start to losing another 20. I've lost 10 lbs from the Special K diet and have kept it off for 10 months now. I've just been maintaining, but am hoping this will jumpstart my caloric intake. I've typically been eating about 1800 calories, I think I need to reduce that to 1200-1400 a day.

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  128. can we substitute anything for the tuna, because I cant stand it!?

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  129. Hi Elizabeth. How are you? I like your blog about your struggle with weight loss and military diet. Could you please update us on your weight loss progress? And what do you think about this website - http://theslimdonkey.com/the-military-diet-getting-skinny-with-unbelievable-3-day-method/ . Is the information provided there worth reading?

    Thanks,
    Earlene

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    1. I'm currently 138lbs so all together I've lost 20lbs. I never updated because the last 10lbs I lost were a result of calorie restriction and not the 3 day diet. I feel like it was a good jump start to the diet especially for women because of the water weight we pick up.
      I find each site has something new to offer but I've never been a big fan of blogs/website with video's instead of pictures because of the time it takes to get through all of them. I also find going through websites like Dr. Oz and the Mayo Clinic and what they think of such diets is much more beneficial.

      Thank you for reading

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  130. So reading through all the comments, sounds like some mixed reviews. It's also a tad bit sad that they keep asking for substitutions when the link is posted in the above post and ALL throughout these comments! sheesh. Anyway. On day one here. I am a sad 225lbs at a height of 5'6". A few years ago I lost 60lbs with HCG and now I'm stuck. I have known about this diet for a while as my mom introduced me to it in high school. She worked in a doctors office then and was given the diet by one of the doctors there who had her 20 year old daughter on this diet for 2 months with a result of 50lbs lost. If a female doctor will encourage her daughter to do this diet, then I think it's just fine. I think all of us American's could eat a little less and be just fine. Anything in moderation is a wonderful thing. Like 1 slice of pizza and not 10! Here's to all you lovely men and women out there partaking in this adventure of being healthy and feeling good. I wish you all luck. I will post on Monday with the results of my weigh in. I'm going to try hard not to weigh myself until then.

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  131. Hey! I love your blog post. Its a very relevant and important topic

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  132. I started out 188 lbs in April. I lost 8 lbs my first week. I run a mile on the treadmill each day. I do "splurge" one day a week. I have continued the diet off and on taking a week off for vacation here and there. Some weeks I use the basic diet but substitute a meal out here and there. As of August I weigh 145. I love this plan! I am a 33 year old female. I feel super healthy!

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    1. Thanks for your reply! I am also considering sticking to the diet. It is a great plan, and I was not hungry. Great progress with your weight loss!!

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  133. Im going to start this as of tomorrow i will be doing it most of the week with 2 days off a week, i weigh around 152 pounds snd im 5ft 2 i would like to lose about 25-30 pounds and i hope to lose a lot of that in the next month would this be possible?

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  134. May be this help me to lose some extra pound with in me....

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