The Military Diet: Days 4-7

I realized after I shared my experiences on The Military Diet with you, that people would probably be curious as to what happens when you stop the diet. As in, do you immediately gain all of the weight back or can you actually keep it off once you return to eating normal foods?

First, I’m still not as hungry as I was before starting the diet. My meal portions are much smaller and probably much closer to what a normal portion size would be.

So here is what happened on Days 4-7, which included a weekend, my 10 year reunion and being hungover.

Day 4: I had Honey Nut Cheerios for breakfast with a banana and skim milk. I actually found the cereal to be really sweet. Interesting. Lunch was leftover poblano mac and cheese that I had made for Tom the night before. This was incredibly delicious. I had some pretzels as a snack later on and was surprised to find that they made me very feel very lethargic. We always get fast food on Fridays and this was no exception. I had a Chicken Soft Taco Supreme from Taco Bell. Usually I feel as though I can eat 3 or 4 of these, but this time one was enough.

Day 5: I got on the scale and saw that I gained 0.5 pounds back. I didn’t even bother to fret it. Like I said in the first post, my weight fluctuates between 2 pounds so, 0.5 is nothing to worry about. I was so busy running around that honestly, I hardly had any time to eat. I had a skinny iced caramel macchiato from Starbucks while shopping with a friend at Target. Before going to the pool, I had 6 cracked black pepper Triscuits with a thin slice of cheddar on each and a handful of baby carrots. After getting my hair and make up done, I had 3/4 of a #4 from Jimmy Johns with light mayo. Then I had about a bottle of wine at my reunion.

Day 6: Hangovers suck. I had coffee, a cup of strawberries and 10 saltines. My early lunch was chicken ramen. I watched a movie and had a full-sized bag of 94% fat-free popcorn. For dinner, I picked at the lunch I made for this week – whole wheat pasta, roasted tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese. I maybe ate 1/2 a cup.

Day 7: I reverted to my previous breakfast of 2 whole wheat waffles, 2 teaspoons of maple syrup and half a banana. Lunch was 3/4 cup of the salad listed above, a handful of baby carrots and a sugar-free cup of applesauce. Dinner was a Mexican-style stuffed pepper. I had one pepper full. The scale this morning said I had gained 1.1 pounds back. TMI Alert: Its that time of the month, so to be honest, 1.1 pounds is shocking. Usually at this point I’m ready to steal ice cream and pretzels from a baby. 

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