Here is everything you need to know about the Military diet so that you can decide if you need it in your life.
What is the Military diet?
The Military diet is divided into two phases—first, the three-day, low-calorie plan and second, a four-day normal diet plan. The diet is basically repeating these two phases till the time you achieve your ideal/desired weight. The diet promises weight loss in as little as a week’s time and is also known as the army diet, the ice cream diet or the low cal diet!
How does it work?
The Military diet particularly focuses on low-calorie foods and ice cream! So, for the first three days, you are not allowed to consume any more than 1100 to 1200 calories which is less than the recommended calorie intake. For the next four days, you can consume the regular intake of 1800 calories.
There is no particular rule with regard to eating carbs, fibre, fats, proteins or vitamins as long you eat everything in controlled proportions. This diet is all about the idea of eating everything but in minute quantities, which is supposed to lead to faster weight loss. Similar to intermittent fasting, this diet requires you to fast on the first three days.
The diet is in a way similar to intermittent fasting—wherein you fast on the first three days and resume your regular diet for the next four days.
The Military diet plan:
For first three days:
Breakfast: 1 toast or 1 roti with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter or 2 boiled eggs or 1 bowl of yoghurt and a fruit with coffee or tea.
Lunch: 1 toast or 1 roti or 1 bowl of rice with fish or sabzi or dal with coffee or tea.
Dinner: Grilled chicken or fish, greens, 1 apple or banana with 1 small cup of vanilla ice-cream.
For the next four days:
You can get back to your normal diet plan. However, refrain from eating any fried or processed foods.
The one pro of this diet is rapid weight loss. The con however is that this weight loss is not sustainable and can hamper your health in the long run. So, before you go ahead and start following the military diet, we suggest you consult a professional nutritionist.