The Military Diet promises to help you lose 10 pounds in as little as 3 days, but does this sound realistic to you?
Lets look at this diet in more detail to see how it works, and also whether there are any risks involved.
What is the Military Diet?
Those who follow the Military Diet have to stick to a pre-planned meal guid that will allow between 860 to 1,150 calories daily.
Remember the recommended daily calorie intake for women is 2,000, while men are allowed 2,500.
Obviously by cutting your calorie intake as drastically as this your body will be forced to burn off your fat reserves.
Those who follow this diet must stick to the rules set, and must plan their meals ahead of time while also avoiding any temptation.
You are not allowed any condiments, and are only allowed water, black coffee and tea to drink.
An example of the diet is as follows:
Breakfast: 1/2 grapefruit1 slice toast2 tablespoons peanut butter1 cup coffee or tea (with caffeine)
Lunch: 1/2 cup tuna1 slice toast1 cup coffee or tea (with caffeine)
Dinner: 3 ounces any type of meat1 cup green beans1/2 banana1 small apple1 cup vanilla ice cream
Breakfast: 1 egg1 slice toast1/2 banana
Lunch: 1 cup cottage cheese1 hard-boiled egg5 saltine crackers
Dinner: 2 hot dogs (without bun)1 cup broccoli1/2 cup carrots1/2 banana1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
Breakfast: 5 saltine crackers1 slice (1 ounce) cheddar cheese1 small apple
Lunch: 1 hard-boiled egg (or cooked however you like)1 slice toast
Dinner: 1 cup tuna1/2 banana1 cup vanilla ice cream
As the diet only lasts 3 days are there any risks involved? What are the benefits too?
Benefits of the Military Diet
Fasting diets like the Military Diet have been shown to offer numerous benefits.
A recent study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal showed that cutting 25% of your daily calories could offer the following benefits:
- Improved mood
- Better sleep
- Boosted immune system
Risks of the Military Diet
Looking at the diet plan, there are various foods that are not allowed that are vital for good health.
For example good fats like omega-3 fatty acids are missing as foods like salmon, almonds, quinoa and avocado are not allowed.
Would we recommend the Military Diet?
With any diet that restricts your calorie intake as drastically as this you are running the risk of cutting too many nutrients from your diet.
Personally I am not a fan of these types of diet, and they are unlikely to result in sustainable weight loss. Once you start eating normally again, any weight lost will likely return.
I would suggest you avoid this diet, especially if you are pregnant, currently nursing, elderly or have a chronic condition.
If you want to lose weight you most certainly do not need to resort to such drastic measures. A few simple changes to your current diet and activity levels can make a big difference.