The Military Diet is a three day diet based on a fixed low calorie menu. A 1500 calorie diet plan is recommended for the following 4 days. You should be able to lose 10 pounds in a week.
Losing weight is a struggle. Two years ago, I lost 10 pounds on the Dash Diet. Then, I got bummed out about Christmas and decided that drinking beer and wine and eating chocolate was the way to get through it. I gained 15 pounds that winter and could not summon the willpower to lose any of it. My weight just kept creeping up and up.
This January, I really didn’t feel well at my current weight. My feet hurt. My back hurt. Then I had a birthday and I turned 59 and I felt like I didn’t have enough time to do the things I wanted to do with my life. Also, I wasn’t in good enough shape to do them. I needed to lose weight in order to feel better.
I had a hurt foot which limited my exercise abilities. I started counting calories, drinking the required amount of water, and doing low impact aerobics in my bare feet. I went to the foot doctor and got a cortisone shot and special orthotics. I lost a few pounds during the week and gained them back every weekend when my husband I went out for dinner and/or drinks. It just wasn’t working.
In February, I discovered the Military Diet. I like it so much better than the Dash Diet. I eat a very Spartan diet for 3 days and have 4 days off. I can do it. You get ice cream in the evenings. Some days are harder than others but I can eat sparingly for 3 days knowing I can have whatever I want on the fourth day.
I have lost 12 pounds although the last two pounds are up and down. I feel much lighter and am happy with a ten pound loss. I do believe that I would feel even better if I could lose about twenty more pounds. I am getting stronger and shapelier. I have continued doing my low impact aerobics, added a little yoga for relaxation and flexibility and some weight lifting for strength. Lately, I have been able to increase my routine by walking 10,000 steps 4-5 times a week and I have been biking a few times a week. I’m much more active and I feel good.
The challenge is to eat healthy on the four days off. The 1500 calorie menus do not appeal to me. Obviously, I am eating too much on the days off. Sometimes I have food cravings that I just have to satisfy and we love to go out and have a few drinks with our friends on the weekend. I am consuming too many calories and cannot find a balance. I love food!!!
Usually, I do eat less because I am accustomed to eating less. And if I do overeat over the weekend, I feel sick. Restarting on Monday puts me back in the game.
Currently, I am on a weight loss plateau which is very frustrating. I can’t seem to lose much weight on the cycle. I am exercising like crazy and drinking lots of extra water but I am lazy about calorie counting. I haven’t been able to find a balance between eating and drinking low calorie and having fun. I am researching and trying to figure out how to accomplish this.
I think that I am slowly learning to eat less and make better food choices. Apparently I am a slow learner when it comes to eating.
The Military Diet is crazy but it works for me.