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How did the Military Diet stay off of my radar?

I know… a really bad pun, but today is the first time I’ve heard of this unique diet plan.

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The diet claim?

A fast way to lose up to 10 pounds in 1 week.

I’ll cover the whole thing in this article, along with my opinions.

I’m NOT here to shoot this down…

…or prove how smart I am by suggesting my “superior” approach to dieting.

The main part of the diet only last 3 days.

The food choices ARE kind of hilarious.

Not in a bad sense.

It just looks like a diet my grandparents would come up with in the 30’s or 40’s.

(One of the meals is cheese and crackers with an apple, which is EXACTLY how my grandparents ate.)

Before I get to the 3-day menu, here’s a little music break.

The music theme for this article is rock tunes sung by an all-girl choir.

In this case, the choir is Scala from Belgium.

(I need to visit Belgium and see this group perform live while I sample some of the world’s best beer.)

One of the meals is toast and tuna.

I lived off of toast and tuna one summer during college.

I’m not saying this is ideal, but I was broke and could feed myself on $3-$5 per day.

I stayed lean and felt great, but didn’t look forward to meals.

Another meal in the Military Diet involves hot dogs.

When I was in elementary school, my family didn’t have a lot of money.

During that time I can remember eating a lot of Top Ramen, mac and cheese, fish sticks, and hot dogs. 

As I got older, my dad got promotions at his job and money wasn’t as tight.

…but I remember eating like this until around middle school.

I also think that in the 70’s a lot of families simply ate this type of stuff.

Day 1 of The Military Diet


1/2 Grapefruit
1 Slice of Toast
2 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter
1 cup Coffee or Tea


1/2 cup of Tuna
1 slice of Toast
1 cup Coffee or Tea


3 ounces of Any Type of Meat
1 cup of Green Beans
1/2 Banana
1 small Apple
1 cup of Vanilla Ice Cream

Calories for the Day: Approximately 1400

I can’t see just sticking to 1/2 a banana.

Just buy a small banana and eat the whole thing.


Toast isn’t poison, despite the what the current health and fitness articles would have you believe.

Time for another Scala performance.

(Creep never sounded so good, and it’s funny hearing the girls swear in harmony.)

For dinner on day 1, you get 3 ounces of any type of meat.

That is a pretty small amount of meat.

I’d probably go with something like slices of salami (also an old school 70’s snack to go with the theme).

Here’s the next day’s menu.

Day 2 of The Military Diet


1 Egg
1 slice of Toast
1/2 Banana
1 cup Coffee or Tea


1 cup of Cottage Cheese
1 Hard Boiled Egg
5 Saltine Crackers
1 cup Coffee or Tea


2 Hot Dogs (without bun)
1 cup of Broccoli
1/2 cup of Carrots
1/2 Banana
1/2 cup of Vanilla Ice Cream

Calories for the Day: Approximately 1200

About 5-6 years ago I decided to start my day with 2 poached eggs, 2 pieces of toast and a coffee.

I had been doing intermittent fasting for a few years straight and needed a break.

This breakfast worked well for me.

It gave me steady energy to last until my workout at 3:30.

I do fine physically with intermittent fasting, but my brain isn’t sharp after fasting for too long.

This small breakfast had low enough calories to keep me lean as when I was fasting but allowed me to do much better work.

I have never had a dinner with hot dogs and broccoli.

…but vanilla ice cream seems to be an appropriate dessert for a hot dog meal.

The final day completely looks like it was devised by my grandpa.

I love it!

Day 3 of The Military Diet


5 Saltine Crackers
1 slice of Cheddar Cheese
1 small Apple
1 cup Coffee or Tea


1 Hard Boiled Egg
1 slice of Toast
1 cup Coffee or Tea


1 cup of Tuna
1/2 Banana
1 cup of Vanilla Ice Cream

Calories for the Day: Approximately 1100

I’m guessing the banana acts like a chaser to get the taste of tuna out of your mouth.

I overdosed on tuna in college, so have a tough time with it now.

The breakfast would take serious self-control for me.

Cheese and crackers are like a drug.

It would be tough to stop at just 5 crackers and one slice of cheese.

Here’s one last Scala performance.

(Simply one of the best songs ever written.)

So who created the Military Diet?

It’s kind of a mystery.

It was just a small blog with a few pages created by someone, sharing a quick weight loss hack that worked for them.

The thing went viral and now it is one of the most highly searched diets online.

It works for weight loss because it puts most people in a deficit.

What I like about it?

It is a budget-friendly way for someone to drop weight quickly.

Health and fitness has become snotty.

I think it is awesome that someone shared their unique and slightly odd combo of foods.

In a world of ketosis, gluten free, paleo, etc…

I love it that this type of diet also went viral.

Instead of bulletproof coffee?

A piece of toast and coffee!

A proven bio-hack my grandparents used long before most of us were born.

To whoever created this diet…

Thank you.

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This whole thing makes me smile.


-Rusty Moore

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The Military Diet: A diet plan that involves hot dogs, crackers, and ice cream? I simply HAVE to write about this.