Dieting and weight loss are not one of the first things that cross your mind when you think of military training. Yet, when you think about it, every time a young man leaves to serve his nation, he does return with ripped abs and a sense of discipline. This, what we hope, is the inspiration behind the military diet. There’s one thing the military does promise—results. It’s non-negotiable.
But, not everyone is convinced. Like with any new fad diet, it must undergo the rigorous scrutiny of health experts. We can argue both sides and still not come to a conclusion for a ‘one fit’ for all. But, here’s why the military diet should work, at least in theory.
It Is Low Calorie
The average woman burns about 1,800 calories a day, before going to the gym or doing any other form of exercise. This diet provides under 1,000 calories a day, so you’re going to lose weight if you follow it. A pound of fat is made of 3,500 calories. This means that to gain a pound of fat, you have to eat 3,500 more calories than you burn. Similarly, to lose a pound of fat, you need to burn 3,500 more calories than you eat. Since the Military Diet is designed to eat less than you burn for three days a week—you will burn calories.
It Changes The Way The Body Works
Any diet that dictates less than 1,000 calories a day is a type of fasting. And fasting changes the way the body works. According to Dr Krista Varady, a health practitioner who stumbled upon this diet and extended it to fat-fighting civilians, fasting lowers the levels of IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor). This is a good thing. Besides weight loss and increased metabolism, low IGF-1 lowers risk of diabetes and increases longevity. With lower levels of IGF-1 from fasting, the body switches from growth mode to repair mode. This turns the body into a fat burning machine. Don’t worry. Fasting does not lower your metabolism when done properly. In fact, fasting boosts your metabolism by switching your body’s repair genes into ‘on’ mode.
It’s An Easy Commitment
Commitment may be a big, scary word in the average single man’s dictionary, but it also applies to women who struggle with staying true to their diet. It is a scientifically proven fact that women, unlike men, have a tougher time losing weight. What works about this diet is that you don’t have to commit more than three days of the week to its regimental rules. For three days, you follow a military-style diet. For the other four days, you return to your daily family meal. You, of course, can’t raid every fast-food chain in your city for four days and expect to see results. But, you can treat yourself to something you have been craving for three days without the guilt that other diets would have you feel.
There’s good news for those who subscribe to the typical American high calorie diet. Keeping to lean fats for those crucial three days means you will continue to burn fat even when you are chomping on lasagna and that sinful P ‘n’ B sandwich. There’s even better news for those, who can’t give up their morning cup of coffee. There’s scientific proof, and this diet backs it, that your morning cuppa Joe gives your metabolism a boost for up to two hours after drinking it. Grapefruit, which forms a key element in the breakfast serving of the diet, kick starts the liver into fat burning mode. Yogurt makes it way to the diet as your carefully stored powerhouse should you need to battle a mid-afternoon meeting in midtown.
So, while the diet may seem strict and restrictive without need, it’s not like you are on a nation-wide ration, it’s all well thought out. To know what a typical meal plan looks like, stay tuned for Part 2.
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