Why we don’t recommend to do the military diet
Unfortunately, there are several reasons why we don’t recommend this method for weight loss. The six most important ones are listed below.
1.) Not a science-based diet:
To date, there have been no studies dealing with the military diet.
Rather, someone has simply walked in and claimed that the Army would feed oneself this way and abuse this for marketing purposes.
2.) No good macronutrient distribution:
When losing weight, a certain amount of protein and fat should always be eaten.
Protein makes us less hungry when we lose weight. At the same time, it also protects our muscles from degradation.
Eating enough fat is important, otherwise hormonal problems may occur. This is particularly true for women, who can even lose their period as a result. We do not really need to mention that this is highly unhealthy.
In the military diet, it seems that the inventor had no idea what a good macronutrient distribution might look like. It is also possible, of course, that he or she simply ignored these basic rules.
3.) Insufficient fiber intake:
Fiber is important for gut health and, if we drink enough, ensures that we don’t get constipation.
The original plan for the military diet clearly contains too little fiber. This can lead to the fact that one has only rarely bowel movements and more hunger. Because fibre can bind fluids, it also saturates very well.
4.) No planning for long-term success
If you eat as before after a diet, you will not be successful in the long term. A well-thought-out concept for losing weight must therefore always think about the time after the diet. Even during weight loss, the diet should be changed step by step so that there is no yo-yo effect afterwards.
Unfortunately, when the military diet was created, no thought was given to incorporate such a strategy. That is why it is more likely that you will gain weight again after finishing the military diet.
5.) Spreading weight loss and nutrition myths:
Regarding calorie-free drinks containing artificial sweeteners, it is claimed that they would stimulate appetite. This claim has not been scientifically proven.
In fact, the opposite is true. Because if you often feel like eating sweets, you can satisfy your cravings with such drinks.
Artificial sweeteners are not healthy, but in small quantities they are completely harmless from a scientific point of view.
6.) Strange composition of the permitted foods:
Hot dogs and vanilla ice cream have nothing to do with healthy eating. While it is definitely okay to treat yourself to such foods from time to time, they should not be an inherent part of your diet plan.