The Military Diet debunk

The latest fad diet on the block is a strict regime that maintains you will lose up to 10 pounds in one week; is The Military Diet as effective as it claims?

The Military Diet debunk

The plan

The Military Diet is only seven days long and incorporates two phases, designed to help individuals lose up to 10 pounds in one week. For the first three days a strict metabolism boosting meal plan is in place, followed by a 1200-1500 calorie restriction phase for the remaining four. Unlike some fad diets The Military Diet doesn't doesn't exclude any major food groups, which is technically a plus. 

The Military Diet example day:

Breakfast

  • 1 slice of wholegrain toast with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • 1 cup of coffee or tea

Lunch

  • 1 slice of whole grain toast
  • 115g tinned tuna
  • 1 cup of coffee or tea

Dinner

  • 85 grams of any meat
  • 1 cup of green beans
  • 1 small apple
  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream

For a comprehensive menu, visit 3daymilitarydietmenu.com

Did someone say ice cream? 

There aren't many diets that condone two scoops of vanilla ice cream after each evening meal, but The Military Diet does. The plan contains a measured level of fats, carbohydrates and proteins that allegedly work together to aid weight loss, leaving room for a welcome sweet treat. In theory this indulgence offers some mental respite, but we're not quite sure how nutritious ice cream really is.

Quick fix

If you're hoping to burn fat quickly, the fact The Military Diet is only a week long will appeal to dieters who are short on time. Whether the resulting weight loss is down to the carefully selected food groups remains unclear, but eating a healthy diet within the 1200-1500 calorie range will put your body into a deficit, meaning you will start burning an alternative energy source - fat.  

Cheap and cheerful

The good news is The Military Diet doesn't try to sell any new fangled supplements or foods that you need to take out a small loan to purchase. The meals are also easy to prepare if you're stretched for time and don't require a Michelin star or expert skills in the kitchen. 

Lacking flexibility 

The Military Diet is unsurprisingly regimented and doesn't allow much breathing space when it comes to swapping foods or going out for dinner. For instance trading a grapefruit for an apple at breakfast won't work, but a teaspoon of baking soda and water will, due to the science behind the method. It's essential to meal plan and be organised, so you could easily get caught short.

Unsustainable?

It may well help you to lose weight quickly, but unfortunately The Military Diet is not sustainable. To achieve a healthy weight we advise making small tweaks to your routine, which are easy to maintain instead of drastic changes. Setting a realistic goal such as training for a 5K and following a healthy meal plan will enable you to achieve your desired results, and you will be more inclined to stay that way.

The verdict

If you're hoping to lose weight in a hurry, signing up to The Military Diet will do the trick. However, bear in mind that following a quick-fix diet isn't the healthiest option in the long term and you will most likely gain weight again as soon as you return to your normal routine.

Although it achieves fast results, The Military Diet does not provide any long term changes that you can thread into your routine and is not recommended as a regular meal plan. A healthy, balanced diet including fruit, vegetables, and whole foods alongside a regular exercise routine is a more realistic, sustainable and enjoyable way to get into shape. 

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