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WAIW #3: The Military Diet Day 2

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I hope everyone is having a lovely week and an even better hump day (though I still don’t really know exactly what that phrase even means) :/

Anywho, I’ve got a killer migraine (I don’t think I’m ever going to get better!) so today’s post is going to be short, but I’m looking forward to posting a fun recipe tomorrow that’ll be a great dish to make for super bowl. Yahoo! Not that I really give two hoots about super bowl though. I just like to make and then eat all of the yummy dips and spreads and sweets and things.

Can you blame me?

So in preparation of game day and since I’ve had mono, I am on a wee bit of a crash diet. Hey, don’t judge. If you were completely unable to exercise and had basically been sitting on your behind for the past two and half months you’d probably be feeling the way I am right about now.  I *DO NOT* want to gain any weight, so I’m doing what I have to do to keep the pounds from packing on. Please no preaching to me people. I know crash diets aren’t long lasting, and I have a plan for that.

I did a 7 day all natural fruit and veggie cleanse, went off for a couple of days, and now I’m doing this 3 day insane “military diet” which probably has zero military connections, and then I’m going on an 8 week diet revamp/lifestyle change where I will continue counting calories (which is something I do any way) while eating a variety of foods without eliminating any specific groups.

So this military diet is pretty crazy, and I’ll apparently lose 10 lbs in three days. In all honesty, I’m more curious than anything, so I guess we’ll see how it goes.

Here’s yesterday’s day of eats and thanks to the lovely Jenn at Peas & Crayons for hosting these fun shenanigans!


Breakfast: whole wheat toast with a scrambled egg, half a banana,
Starbuck’s espresso blend coffee with one Nunaturals
stevia packet, and buckets upon buckets of ice water.


Lunch: 1 cup of cottage cheese (which I didn’t eat all of),
one hard boiled egg, five whole wheat saltine crackers,
and gallons upon gallons of ice water.


Supper: 2 all natural kosher beef hot dogs (which were flipping insanely good),
one cup of steamed broccoli, and half a cup of raw baby carrots,
with, you guessed it, a swimming pool of ice water.


Sweet treat: 1/2 cup of all natural vanilla bean
ice cream with half a sliced banana and
tons more ice water!

Yeah…you get to eat full fat vanilla ice cream on this diet. Now you see why I’m curious?

Getting to know you…

Do you ever go on crash diets?

Have you heard of the military diet?

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Love y'all!

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  • [email protected]
    January 16, 2013

    LOVE your blog! Can’t wait to read more:) Eggs on toast is hard to beat!

    • amber
      January 16, 2013

      Agreed! Thanks for your sweet comments!

    • Carole
      January 8, 2016

      I go on this diet from time to time to kick off weight loss…. with just a minimum of exercise I have always lost between 9 – 7 lbs!! 3 days you can do it. Had I been able to do more exercise I think I could have lost the full ten!!

  • Jessie
    January 16, 2013

    All of your meals just look so fresh & delicious!!! 🙂

    • amber
      January 16, 2013

      Really?!? Thanks! I thought people were going to get on my case about it! Ha!

  • GiGi Eats Celebrities
    January 16, 2013

    Have you ever had Applegate Farms 100% Grass-Fed Beef dogs?? OMG those are AMAZING!!!! Definitely a must try if you have never had them 🙂

    • amber
      January 16, 2013

      No, I haven’t! Where do you get them from? They sound amazing!

  • Mia
    January 16, 2013

    I try not to crash diet. However, I’m fascinated by this one. Let me know how it turns out. I may give it a whirl. With my recent work schedule, I’ve been eating less-than-healthily and could probably use a quick crash diet to get back to normal.

    • amber
      January 16, 2013

      I lost 1.5 lbs after the 1st day! I’ll be done tomorrow so I’ll keep ya posted.

  • Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    January 16, 2013

    Can I be the one who lectures you and tells you not to crash diet? 😉 Just teasing. It’s your body, your call. But I’m pretty sure you’re gorgeous regardless. Love ya, girl!

    • amber
      January 16, 2013

      Yes, yes you can, and you are just too sweet! I’m not feeling so gorgeous at the moment, but I’m hoping I’ll start feeling more like myself soon. It was only for three days too! Going back to counting calories and eating everything in moderation tomorrow! Love ya too, girl! XOXO

  • Eating 4 Balance
    January 16, 2013

    Obviously crash diets aren’t good, but your meals still look pretty balanced to me! Not that restricting. Just a lot of clean eating 🙂

    Favorite ice cream flavor- Chocolate chip cookie dough.

    • amber
      January 16, 2013

      That’s exactly how I felt about it! Thanks for that 🙂

  • Kaitlin
    January 16, 2013

    You know I have heard things about eating the full fat variety. It has WAY less ingredients (less processing and such) so it’s actually better than getting low-fat, fat-free, etc. 🙂

    Everything looks super tasty though!

    • amber
      January 16, 2013

      You are so right! OMG, my poor husband…I was literally on the phone with him the other day while he was in the ice cream aisle making him read off the ingredients on the boxes just so he wouldn’t buy something with a load of crap in it! If I didn’t do that, he’d buy the first one he saw. I’ve been doing really, really well about reading labels lately too. It’s hard to get me to eat anything that has anything other than good, quality ingredients in it anymore.

  • Carrie @ Season It Already!
    January 17, 2013

    I don’t do crash diets and never heard of the military one… But by the looks of it from this day snapshot, you are eating a healthy balanced one!


    • amber
      January 17, 2013

      Thanks so much!

  • jessica
    January 29, 2013

    Love this blog! So in the end did you like it?

    • amber
      January 29, 2013

      Thanks, Jessica!!!! In the end, I wasn’t really a fan b/c I only lost like 3 lbs or so BUT I also couldn’t work out like they suggested b/c I’ve had mono so I’m sure that probably didn’t help much 🙁

  • Camilleforeal63
    February 5, 2013

    Hi! I just came across your blog and your honesty makes me laugh. I just started my blog and I’m super excited to become part of this BIG world. Mono is NO fun…ever tried a probiotic? I swear they are the key to not getting sick….hope your feeling better!

    • amber
      February 5, 2013

      Thanks, girl! I don’t know how to not be honest. Sometimes it gets the best of me, but it definitely works in my favor for the bloggie! I’ve never tried a probiotic. They scare me, but I couldn’t tell you why!

  • Judy
    February 25, 2013

    Umm I just started this diet I hope it actually works cause I need to lose weight fast the only thing I really don’t like is the coffee because its an instant coffee with Splenda which tastes more like dirty water Im also starving but ima keep going though love your blog btw!!!!!!
    No it’s my first crash diet
    Yes my friend told me about it
    And vanilla ice cream!

    • amber
      February 26, 2013

      You’re only supposed to have the coffee for the first day I think, right? I love coffee, can’t live without it! Let me know how this works for you!

  • Judy
    February 26, 2013

    Hey thx for replying umm its my second day today and I have lost around 5 or 6 pounds which is AWESOME!!!!! ill tell u how much I lose when I weight myself today

    • amber
      February 27, 2013

      That’s amazing!

  • Judy
    February 26, 2013

    Oh and yes it’s only the first day the coffee or tea

  • Katie Sears
    February 27, 2013

    You said five whole wheat crackers for lunch but you picture six. Did you cheat and eat an extra one? Lol My coworker is on this diet and she did lose 10 pounds but it took her a week to do it.

    • amber
      February 27, 2013

      Yeaaaah…have I mentioned that math isn’t my strong suit? I only lost 3 lbs, but I did it while I had mono so I couldn’t exercise!

  • The Cocktail Lady
    March 25, 2013

    I have seen the Military Diet pinned a few times and am now finally going to give it a try. I figure 3 days on, 4 days off, not too bad. Especially if my 4 days off are Thurs-Sun, lol. Great blog and I really like your writing! Keep up the good work!

  • Teresa
    March 31, 2013

    THANKS Amber, I’M GOING FOR IT!!! I’ll let you know how GREAT it is!

  • Haley Johansen
    April 4, 2013

    I saw the diet on Pinterest. Today is my first day on the diet. I found your website doing a little searching. A friend of mine said you loose all your energy by the end of it and that its designed to give your body the bare necessities and that its just starving you. But I’m still convinced with the idea of it so I’m going to try it anyway and hope it works.

  • Amber Caudell
    April 5, 2013

    I have actually heard of the military diet. I was going to join the navy and had some weight to lose and this is the diet they gave me. It’s actually used by them when they need to lose weight fast. I was quite successful with it. Usually the first time you do it you will only lose a few pounds. But you can do it every week.

  • Reyhan
    April 6, 2013

    Thank you for posting your pics.

    I’m not for crash diets either, but right now I can afford my shakes. (they are the good ones, I did my research, don’t judge, people!)

    Anyway, this diet is my kind of diet. Why? Because it’s simple ingredients and requires no cooking. I’m a single mom, my kid is a picky eater, so whenever I cook, there is leftovers, so I just end up eating almost the whole thing.

    Can’t wait to start. Thanks for posting. =)

  • terri
    April 8, 2013

    I started this silly diet today, I figured It might get me back on track and after 3 days my 1200 calories will seem like a lot!! I have lost about 1000 pounds (in my life time lol) My most recent was 170 pound and I had a piniculectomy to remove the sagging skin, but I have put about 60 back on…go figure after all I went t hrough with the surgery I did not think I would do that, but here I am again, I am blessed that God never moves and I can always go back to him for help.

  • Aria
    April 10, 2013

    Hi im on day 3 of the military diet sort of….. saw it on pintrest and i got curious but it really hasnt gone well it takes a massive amount of will power. My sister went on it with me and struck out on breakfast of the second day 🙂 but then decided to continue, and again gave up on breakfast today but says she will continue???, i on the other hand struck out last night with the ice cream i wound up eating what i think was 2 cups :/ not sure how its gonna affect me at this point, neither of us has done more exercise than a 20 minute walk, havent weighed myself but ill post the results :)tomorrow. Thank you for this blog i think the food photography is exquisite 🙂

  • Megan
    April 22, 2013

    My friend and I starting tomorrow. We’ve reviewed our ” menu ” one question….. How much coffee/ tea are we allowed to have?

    • amber
      April 23, 2013

      Good luck! You are only allowed one cup or black coffee or unsweetened tea during breakfast on the 1st day. It’s water only after that.

  • Monta
    April 23, 2013

    I just finished Day 1. I don’t find this particularly difficult to follow. I’ve been counting calories on my own for two weeks and lost 10 pounds on my own, but am curious about this “diet,” so decided to try it. I’ve been counting the calories in the meals (already plugged all 3 days in to my app), and it averages between 1100-1200 calories per day….so not sure how this would be considered starving yourself. I’ll be perfectly happy if I earn a 3 pound weight loss, as that is a pound per day. Far more than most of the plans I’ve seen, and is frankly quite simple to follow thus far! Hope everyone else is finding success!!

  • Cristy Hong
    April 26, 2013

    I did the diet and it does work . The first time i only made it a 2 days . I was having sugar and caffeine withdraws so it made it a little bit tough. Lost 6 pounds the first time. I’m starting it again this weekend will let you know how it works second time around.

  • Renee
    May 10, 2013

    I just finished my first 3 days and lost 9 lbs!

  • Mily
    May 20, 2013

    Just started the military diet today it is very hard will keep you updated.

  • Angela
    May 20, 2013

    I tried this last week and quit on Day 2. I am now on Day 1 again and definitely feeling hungry and weak. It is 430, so i am looking forward to dinner tonite. I am not considered overweight, just out of shape and wanting to lose 15-20 pounds total for summer. I’m hoping I can do it quickly with this diet. Just need to eat reasonably on the 4 days off. Like Subway.

  • Emily
    May 20, 2013

    I’ve tried this diet before and it actually worked quite well! Now that bikini season is coming up, I thought I’d give it a go again. But I do have one question. Does the three day diet have to be three consecutive days in a row? Or could you follow this plan Monday, Wednesday and Friday and have Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday be your off days? Just curious!

    • amber
      May 22, 2013

      Yes, the diet has to be done three consecutive days in a row. It’s always 3 days on, 4 days off.

  • Emily
    May 20, 2013

    I have tried and succeeded with this diet once before. And with bikini season coming up, I thought I’d give it a go again. But I do have one question. Does the three day diet have to be three consecutive days in a row? Or could you follow this plan Monday, Wednesday and Friday and have Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday be your off days? Just curious!

  • Angel
    May 28, 2013

    Can you switch out the cottage cheese for something else?

    • amber
      May 28, 2013

      If you want the diet to work “correctly” you have to eat everything exactly as it says. Supposedly it has something to do with the chemical makeup of the foods together that helps you lose weight. If I had to stomach the cottage cheese, you have to! J/K 😉

  • Mari
    May 31, 2013

    I’m just finishing Day 1 and it’s not all that bad. I’ve got about 20 lbs to lose and I’m hoping that this will jump start me because I have SUCH a hard time losing the weight. I’ve been at or around this weight for the past few years no matter how much I work out or what I do. I figured this might finally get me off my plateau – here’s hoping! I think I should’ve started on Monday though instead of Thursday. :/ I didn’t quite think that through…

  • Brittany
    July 15, 2013

    On militarydiet.com there are some substitutions listed. The only thing that has no substitution is the grapefruit. I think you can replace cottage cheese with sharp cheddar cheese

    • amber
      July 15, 2013

      Awesome! Thanks for this!

    • Sharon
      January 30, 2017

      You can sub grapefruit with 1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate soda in a glass of water

  • Sherry
    July 15, 2013

    I enjoy reading everyones post and its fun to know we are all heading towards a big reward for our selves if we can just say we stuck to the diet for the whole 3 days! LOL But seriously I am excited to try the 3 day diet tomorrow and refuse to give up (hello thats why we are all posting on here in the first place…we all gave up on good eating habits and exercise in the first place). I will do my best to post my results each day. I know the more I can follow someones sucess story the more motivated I become so I hope to be someones motivation as well. Best wishes to each of you on your diet. My inner skinny goddess is dying to come out and play again!!!!

  • Stacy
    July 27, 2013

    <> I just finished the 3 Day Diet last night and this morning I had lost 5 lbs! Yay! I didnt find it that difficult, except the end of the second day i was soooo tired. I did make some substiutions since i dont like tuna. I’m going to really watch what I eat the next four days and try to keep my calories under 1200 until I start round two on Monday. I will report back and see if the weight stays off over the days “off” 🙂

  • lena
    September 13, 2013

    I have tried this diet and it really works. The first day isn’t bad its the last 2. But not only you lose the weight you feel great and light as well.

  • Donna
    September 24, 2013

    Hey guys.. Just getting ready to start the diet tomorrow. Went out and got my groceries today. I’m 5.6 and 155 lbs wanting to lose 10- 15 lbs of my post baby weight. I’ve lost 35 lbs gradually in the last 12 months and need to get the last 15 lbs off. Will let you know what my weight is on day 4..

  • Donna
    September 27, 2013


    The results are in. After 3 days of the military diet, my weight was down by 2.4 lbs. I’ll take it since I’ve been on a low carb diet for sometime now and the scale wasn’t moving for over a month and this helped me get my scale moving again. My husband lost 4.2 lbs and he is 6 feet and 187 lbs now weighing 182.8. More importantly I feel it may have shrunk my tummy as I am feeling full faster and not eating as much as I used to. I’m planning on doing this 3 day diet next week. I will get back with the results.

  • ana
    April 15, 2014

    why not coffee the 2 3 day going nuts wirhout it

    • amber
      April 15, 2014

      Whatevs. I’m pretty sure I totally had coffee, but I drank it black. Can’t go a day without it.

  • Laura G
    April 10, 2015

    I know this is a really old thread, but I just wanted to say that the article and comments were so entertaining to read! Also, you can have black coffee everyday on the diet. It only has 2 or 3 calories per cup (the same as black or green tea). I don’t know where the writer of the diet got the idea that coffee has 10 or 15 calories per cup! Losing 3 lbs. in a week is great, especially if you can’t exercise!

    • Amber
      April 10, 2015

      Thanks for commenting, Laura! Who cares if the thread is old? I appreciate you stopping by. Coffee is the best!

  • Christy
    April 13, 2015

    Day one for me 🙂 I am desperate to get this extra weight off and 3 days isn’t so bad!

    • Amber
      April 15, 2015

      Come back and tell us if it works!

  • Dianna
    April 16, 2015

    I am currently on day 2 of the Military Diet. As of this morning, I had already lost 2.8 pounds! (I know it says not to weigh until day 4, but it’s habit.) I can’t wait for tomorrow to be over so I can get on the scale day 4 and see the final weight-loss. I’ve tried other diets in the past, but this is by far the easiest one! It’s so easy to measure a cup of this or 1/2 cup of that as compared to 3 oz of this 5 oz of that. Also, not having to buy special foods is awesome! I already had most of the ingredients in my pantry and refrigerator. The only things I had to buy were the ice cream, hotdogs, and cheddar cheese. This is one diet I don’t mind doing and look forward to doing again. It doesn’t seem like a diet since I get to eat ice cream.

    • Nic
      April 19, 2015

      So Dianna, how much did you loose in the end?
      Seriously thinking that this is a diet I could stick to, easy to follow with foods that are readily available and simply prepared, plus they are inexpensive.
      I have a lot of weight to lose, this may be the way to do it.

  • Mary H
    April 22, 2015

    I finished up my 1st 3 days of the Military Diet and lost 6 lbs! On my 4 days off I followed the breakfast and lunch part of it but ate a normal dinner. After 1 week I only gained back 1 lb. I am now starting the 3 day again. For some reason, Day 2 was the hardest for me! Day 1 and 3 were much easier. Proud that I could do it, my goal is to lose 40 lbs.

  • Margit
    May 13, 2015

    Starting tomorrow!

  • Aloma
    June 16, 2015

    I really don’t understand these blogs that go on about DIET TEA——-PEOPLE THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS DIET TEA You either drink tea with sugar (sweet tea) or on sugar (unsweet)

  • Uma
    December 2, 2015

    I am on day 2 of the diet and I sort of cheated. my breakfast egg bursted after I tried warming it on the microwave. So I ate it along with the 2nd boiled egg that was meant for lunch. Will this impact me greatly? should I continue or start over again?

  • Shelby
    December 19, 2015

    I just want to say that I love the military diet. I found it after I had my first son and lost 13 lbs in one month. It was easy to follow and I plan on using it again once I get the ok from my doctor for my six week check up on this baby!

  • Thanks so much!

  • I am currently on day 3 of the Military Diet. I love your guide.