What Is the Military Diet? Everything to Know About This Strange 3-Day Diet Plan

Why Is It Called the Military Diet?

The military diet plan, like other three-day diet programs (such as the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic diet plans), emphasizes calorie restriction as a means of accelerating weight loss.

What Is the Military Diet Plan, Exactly?

According to JJ Virgin, a board-certified nutrition consultant, the military diet is generally a low-calorie plan because health-conscious eaters are advised to consume about 1,400 calories on day one

1,200 calories on day two, and about 1,100 calories on day three. (This is the information about calories that you should truly know.)

Day 1

Breakfast: Half a grapefruit, toast with 2 tbsp of peanut/almond butter, & a cup of coffee. Lunch: Toast, half a can of tuna, & coffee. Dinner: 3 oz. meat, 1 cup green beans, small apple, half banana, & 1 cup ice cream.

Day 2

Breakfast: Customize your egg, with toast & half a banana. Lunch: Cottage cheese, hardboiled egg, crackers. Dinner: Hot dogs, broccoli, carrots, banana, ice cream.

Day 3

Breakfast: Enjoy a slice of cheddar, a small apple, and five saltine crackers. Lunch: Savor an egg (cooked your way) with a slice of bread. Dinner: Relish tuna, half a banana, and a cup of ice cream.