Why You Shouldn't Do The Military Diet!
It is likely that you have heard and come across a 3 day crash diet called the 'Military Diet'. If you are thinking of following this 'diet' to lose weight, think again.
What is the Military Diet?
The Military Diet is a 3 day crash diet which people follow to lose weight fast. Common reasons for why people opt to follow the Military Diet is because they want to lose weight fast or they have hit a weight loss plateau. The Military Diet website suggests that you can lose up to 10 pounds a week.
The meals that are provided are simple and very low in calories, as fewer calories are required to lose weight.
Will you lose weight?
Yes. You will lose weight following the Military Diet.
The whole premise of the Military Diet is restricting your calories. So the reason you will lose weight is because you are in a caloric deficit, it is not the specific diet or the foods you are eating, it is simply because you are eating less food.
Therefore if that is all it takes to lose weight, why do people constantly follow 3 day diets or crash diets such as this?
Is the Military Diet healthy?
Issues with the Military Diet
1.Does not instil healthy eating
The Military Diet does not in any way teach healthy or good eating habits. While this diet allows you to eat more than just drinking water or shakes, the diet includes inexpensive ingredients and simple to meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Food choices are severely restricted and very repetitive. You do not have to limit your food choices and only eat tuna, eggs and 1 slice of bread to lose weight.
Losing weight does not have to feel like you are on a diet. It is diets such as these that cause the dieting mindset and the inability to try and lose weight without crash diets such as these.
2. Not True Weight Loss
The Diet indicates that you can lose up to 10 pounds a week, while this may be possible, the weight lost is not necessarily fat. The weight lost during the diet is mostly water weight, this is what happens when your body begins a diet or weight loss journey.
The first few pounds lost is water weight from depleted glycogen stores
3. It is not healthy or sustainable
Firstly, losing 10 pounds in 1 week is not healthy. Secondly, such a diet is not sustainable. You are not able to adhere to such a diet in the long term. Therefore, if something is unsustainable why follow it? When it comes to losing weight, you have to follow a lifestyle/diet that is sustainable, and you do not find it difficult to follow for an extended period.
Crash diets are not personalised diets and therefore they are not customised to meet an individuals daily requirements to lose weight healthily. It is not healthy for every single person to lose weight on that same amount of calories. For example, it is not healthy for someone who is 6 foot and weighs 100kg to be eating so little calories.
Should you do the Military Diet?
I wouldn't recommend it. You do not have to follow the Military Diet to lose weight. While people have shown weight loss results following the diet, many people have indicated that most of the weight they did lose they gained back a few days later. Furthermore, it is not the Military Diet's meal or food choices that result in weight loss; it is the calorie restriction.
What Should You Do Instead?
The Fundamentals of Weight Loss
When it comes to weight loss, the number one key to losing weight is you must be in a caloric deficit. In order to lose weight and most importantly fat you have to burn more calories than you consume.
That is how the Military Diet works, you reduce the number of calories you are consuming, there is nothing magic here.
Avoid Fad Diets
It is important that you stay away from short term and fad diets for weight loss, sure you will lose weight, but it is not true weight loss. Anyone can lose weight, weight can be water weight, and that is mostly what you lose following crash diets. You don't just want to lose weight, you want to lose fat and losing fat takes a long time, not 3 days. These types of diets are not maintainable or sustainable. Such dieting methods do not instil healthy eating or life changing habits. Once the extreme diet is over, you will have gone back to your bad eating habits and poor lifestyle choices.
The most healthy, sustainable and safe way to lose weight is to follow a healthy lifestyle, which includes; eating whole foods, exercising regularly and tracking your macronutrients, if you need to help understanding portion sizes. No extreme or drastic changes are necessary to lose weight. It is important to follow a lifestyle that you can adhere to for the long-term.
Opting to live a healthy but also flexible lifestyle over the next dieting craze allows you to not only see results when it comes weight loss but also see positive changes to your mindset. Your life will no longer become repetitive, your weight loss journey will no longer take over your life. You will not be waiting for that end date to come because it is not a diet.
Remember a healthy and sustainable weight loss is a journey. It may take some time, but you will certainly enjoy your life more and keep your health.
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