Several people have asked what the military diet is so I am posting the link and specifics. It is not for everyone. We are doing 3 days of the military diet and 4 days of the spark people meal plans. Will post progress.
There are several people in our church that have been using this and have had great success.
The Actual Diet Plan
I have posted this diet for informational purposes only! I am not responsible for anything! Please check with your doctor before starting this diet.
3 Day Diet
Breakfast--1/2 Grapefruit, 1 Slice of Toast, 2 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter, and Coffee or Tea
Lunch--1/2 Cup of Tuna, 1 Slice of Toast, and Coffee or Tea (any brew, as long as it's caffeinated)
Dinner--3 ounces of any type of meat, 1 Cup of Green Beans, 1/2 Banana, 1 Small Apple, and 1 Cup of Vanilla Ice Cream (YUM)!!!
Tips to Try:
Warm the apple and/or banana and eat them over the ice cream. Delicious!
Cook the green beans with the meat or simmer them in the broth. Mmmm :)
Breakfast--1 egg, 1 Slice of Toast, and 1/2 Banana
Lunch--1 Cup of Cottage Cheese (Or 1 Slice of Cheddar Cheese), 1 Hard Boiled Egg, and 5 Saltine Crackers
Dinner--2 Hot Dogs, (no buns), 1 Cup of Broccoli, 1/2 Cup of Carrots, 1/2 Banana, and 1/2 Cup of Vanilla Ice Cream
Breakfast--5 Saltine Crackers, 1 Slice of Cheddar Cheese, and 1 Small Apple
Lunch-1 Hard-Boiled Egg, and 1 Slice of Toast
Dinner--1 Cup of Tuna, 1/2 of a Banana, and 1 Cup of Vanilla Ice Cream
This diet works on chemical breakdown and is proven. Do not vary or substitute any of the above foods. Salt and pepper may be used, but do not use any other seasoning. The diet is to be used for three days at a time.
In three days you should lose up to 10 pounds. After three days of dieting, you can eat your normal foods, but do not over do it. After four days of normal eating, you may start back on the 3 day diet again. You can lose up to 40 pounds in a month if this diet is followed precisely.
This is a safe diet and can be used by many different individuals and body types. Exercise is recommended.
REMEMBER: Do not eat/snack between any of the meals!
NOTE: Coffee or tea for the first two meals of Day 1 only. Water only from then on. Water intake is always unlimited anytime. (Within reason, of course, don't make yourself throw up).
Food Choices Explained
Toast = 1 slice of any type of bread but preferably whole wheat bread. Can be toasted or ate without toasting.
Peanut Butter = Can be home pressed or bought by the jar for convenience. Choose brands with less sugar (such as JIF®). Can be crunchy or smooth.
Coffee or Tea = Plain, black coffee or tea that is caffeinated. Nothing added.
Tuna = Fresh or Canned tuna fish.
Any type meat = Exactly that, any type of meat, May be fresh, or canned meat. Includes but not limited to: Seafood, beef, pork, or poultry. If opting for canned or deli meat, buy the lowest in sodium and fillers, and the closest to fresh as possible.
Vanilla ice cream = Plain, straight, and regular vanilla ice cream. Nothing added.
Egg: Where it's not specified, the egg can be cooked in any manner that you prefer. For a hard-boiled egg, start in cold water and bring to a boil. After water begins boiling, cook for about 12 minutes.
Saltine crackers = Plain soda crackers. If not available, just use plain crackers.
Hot Dogs: Beef franks, turkey franks, etc. Franks with only one type of meat. The cheap, mixed meat wieners, with unhealthy fillers, are not recommended.
Slice of Cheddar = About two ounces of cheddar cheese.
TESTED AND APPROVED ADDITIONS
Small amounts of mustard
Small amounts of relish
Sugar free gum and mints
(Will add more as I do further tests :)
Please read this entire section, I feel that it's important!
If you've read the whole diet plan above, you will have read that there are to be no substitutions on this diet. It says that for a reason. It's not so that we can make you eat yucky food or to make it sound diet-ish, (my own word). The foods on the menu work together and provide the proper chemical reactions in the body that will boost metabolism, provide energy, help with sugar swings and jump start the fat burning process.
However, I'm bombarded with questions on substitutions everyday, and I felt that I should comply to some of your requests and do a little research. For the record, "I still DO NOT RECOMMEND substitutions." The results are not guaranteed. I'm only providing this resource, based on research, for your convenience and due to the popular demand. If you choose to substitute, you do so at your own risk.
I understand that some must find an alternative due to health and medical reasons. I completely understand your dilemma, and it is for those people that I truly dedicate this section. Omitting a menu item because you do not like the taste is really not the best reason to skip it. Please do not complain that you have had less than expected results if you didn't try to follow the menu as close as possible. However, please know that I'm here for each one of you and I wish all of you great success, whatever your choices! That's why I do what I do. It's all about the end result and our health after all, is it not?
With that being said, I will fill you in on some of my research findings and we'll see how this goes. I encourage those who choose to substitute to post their results, both here, and on our Facebook page, and as to whether or not that you feel that substituting was a good choice. This will help others along their journey that may have the same questions.
*Substitutions can often be made by switching out with something that has the same nutritional value. Such as similar amounts of fats, carbohydrates, calories, vitamin content, protein and/or fiber.
1 slice of toast (whole wheat bread). "One" of the following =
1 ounce (1/8 cup) of sunflower kernels (these are also gluten free, but refrain from the Planters brand which has traces of gluten)
1/2 cup of whole grain cereal (such as Kashi Go Lean)
1/2 high protein nutrition bar
5 ounces of meal replacement shake
2 ounces (1/4 cup) of low fat yogurt with 1/2 teaspoon of flax seed
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water at least 30 minutes before eating. Use another piece of fruit in its place when you eat.
Banana "One" of the following =
2 kiwi = 1 banana (so for 1/2 banana days have 1 kiwi)
1 cup of papaya
Peanut Butter "One" of the following =
Sunflower seed butter
Same measurement of sunflower kernels
Tuna (Same measurement unless specified) "One" of the following =
2 ounces of cooked chicken meat (to replace half cup of tuna, 4 ounces for whole cup)
Hot Dogs (Beef or Turkey Franks) "One" of the following =
Beans or lentils, any type (4 0unces, or half cup per frank)
Small Apple = Another "fleshy" type fruit such as plums, peaches, or grapes
Egg "One" of the following =
1 cup of milk
1 Chicken wing
1/4 cup of seeds or nuts
2 slices of bacon
Vanilla ice cream "One" of the following =
Same measurement of strawberry or banana flavored milk (not chocolate because chocolate contains caffeine)
Same measurement of low fat yogurt with small amount of fruit
Green Beans "One" of the following =
Lettuce leaves with a few cherry tomatoes
Tomato (same measurement)
3 cups of raw spinach or 1 cup cooked and drained
2 cups of fresh spinach ( or 1/2 cup cooked, boiled, drained )
Same measurement of beets
1 whole bell pepper
( Or ) make a small salad with 1 cup of fresh spinach, 1/4 bell pepper and a few cherry tomatoes. May use salt, pepper, mustard, lemon pepper or lemon juice to season)
Broccoli "One" of the following =
Cheddar Cheese "One" of the following =
Cottage cheese, (1 cup to substitute 1 slice)
2 ounces of ham
Cottage Cheese "One" of the following =
2 Ounces of cheddar cheese (to substitute 1 cup of cottage cheese)
2 ounces of ham
Coffee or Tea =
Sugar free hot chocolate (the kind mixed with hot water)