I have reached the final day of “monitored fasting” according to the military diet. For the rest of the week I can resume a normal eating regime. If I want the diet to be effective, even in the 4 days off I should not eat more than 1500 calories, but at least I can decide what to eat and I can make my own portions. So far, the most frustrating part of the diet has been changing foods every morning.
I am a creature of habit when it comes to breakfast, so getting every day different foods confuses me. But surely losing my Italian habit of starting the day with something sweet should help me lose some weight. To be honest, I did not enjoy too much breakfast on day 3:
- 1 cup cottage cheese
- 5 crackers
- 1 apple
Since I substituted the cheddar with cottage cheese, today I had to start the day with a cup of cottage cheese. Surprisingly enough, this portion was big for my standards – so big I felt bloated and skipped the apple! As for the crackers, I substituted them with Swedish polar bread, like I did in day 2. I am not used to eating a lot in the morning, and maybe the substitution here was not the best option. Next week I should go for the cheddar maybe. But oh well, I thought, I didn’t eat the apple now, so I might just leave it for dinner, to pair with ice cream.
If breakfast was big, lunch is the opposite: really tiny.
- 1 slice of toast
- 1 egg
I made my egg soft-boiled, à la coque, and ate it with a pinch of salt (err yes, we serve soft-boiled eggs in shot glasses in this house). Since I am combining this diet with exercising, I reckoned that this small lunch would not get me enough energy for my physical activity. I’m not sure how okay it is to change the order of the foods as they are designed in this diet, but I believe that swapping the fruits should not be a too big sin if at the end of the day I have eaten the same amount of calories. Since I skipped the apple in the morning and decided to eat it for dinner, after my lunch I ate the half banana that was supposed to be eaten for dinner.
According to the meal plan, dinner features:
- 1 cup of tuna
- 1/2 banana
- 1 cup of ice cream
As I said, the banana has been swapped with the morning apple, so for my dinner I had my cup of tuna and then the vanilla ice cream with the cooked apple and cinnamon. This thing that in the evening you get your dose of ice cream is a blessing: you crave it until the end of the day, then when it’s time for it, it’s like a prize!
At the end of day 2 I went to bed feeling a bit hungry, and that was not a pleasant feeling. But I know that in order to lose weight one should not eat too much in the evening, and it’s always better to go to bed feeling light. I happened to overeat in the evening, and going to bed feeling your stomach explode is no fun either. Anyway, during those three days I have certainly eaten less, cut back on sugar and meat and, despite having started a food blog recently, I got to cook very little!! But still, it has been fun to take photos of the foods I’ve been eating those three days.
And now the revelation: I have no idea what my weight was when I started because I did not own a scale! I only bought it yesterday. Last time I weighed myself was in Italy and I was way over what I remember used to be my normal weight. Now that I came back to Sweden I got myself a scale and will be checking my weight more regularly. Unfortunately, when you have a thing for cooking and baking, it’s easy to gain weight without even noticing. So in the end I will never really know how much I lost during the first three days of military diet, but maybe that’s for the better. I needed to kick-start a diet, and I did. I will try to weigh myself after the second round of “monitored fasting”, in the middle of the month and by then I hope to see some results already.