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This Is The Military Diet

By: Ryan H.

When people hear the word “military” the last thing they think of is diet. Well, maybe it should be. The American military holds a strong standard of excellence, from perfectly polished footwear to permanently pressed uniforms. With such high expectations, one could only imagine how strict their diet regulations must be. Members of the United States Armed Forces shared their take on the increasingly popular “military diet.” Does it work? With the holiday season being literally around the corner, can someone lose 10 pounds in three days? What is the military diet?

The military diet, aka 3-day diet, is a weight loss regimen to help participants lose up to 10 pounds in a week. The military diet plan involves a 3-day meal plan followed by four days off. The dieter then repeats the weekly cycle until reaching the weight goal. It is strongly recommended to eat slowly and drink water a half hour before every meal. High protein foods like beef, chicken, pork, lamb, salmon, trout, shrimp, and whole eggs are going to be a staple in the military diet. Low-carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, kale, and cabbage can offer a refreshing vacation from the protein overload. Be sure to cut out sugary and starchy foods out completely. Include soluble fiber meals and drink coffee or tea throughout the day.

Developing a menu to support the mission of weight loss could be helpful as well. When developing a meal plan, oil-based products such as butter, avocado oil, coconut oil, or olive oil are welcome to use during the meal preparation process. The goal is to eat 2–3 meals per day. If hunger kicks in, add a 4th meal at your discretion. The military diet provides participants between 900-1000 calories per day, compared to the suggested 2000 calories per day for women and 2500 calories per day for men.

Doesn’t this diet sound phenomenal? The answer is yes and demonstrates why hundreds of millions of young and old people use this method to complete their weight loss journey. But, after talking with authentic American military personnel within multiple branches, it is clear, the name of this diet does not reflect the eating habits of the United States military.

A physician closely watches members of the military by monitoring eating habits and physical activity. A standard diet for military personnel varies based on each person. However, physical activity is the driving factor in weight loss and muscle building.

The health and wellness world is a multi-billion dollar industry, making large sums of money often from the insecurity of body image. Millions of people a year browse search engines on a quest to find the new, best, and most cost-effective method available to reduce their troubling body fat. Surpassing their competitors by leaps and bounds, the Atkins diet, juice diet, paleo and keto diet, the cabbage soup diet, grapefruit diet, and raw diet were some of the most popular weight loss trends to sweep the nation. After some shocking testimonials emerged about these popular diets, the news forced many to continue their seemingly endless quest to obtain their perfect size.

Some studies show people gorging themselves back to their regular weight within the 4th or 5th day of participating in the military diet. The American medical industry strongly suggests that dieters count calories to ensure consumption of the proper amount of food for an individual body type. Many free downloadable calorie counters are available for any smartphone, tablet, or standard mobile device. It would be best to research the calorie counting app before downloading it. Many people set an expectation to lose weight during the New Year. It makes sense to get started effective immediately so a habit can develop. Regardless of the rapidly approaching holiday season, eat responsibly because your life depends on it.

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