Military Diet

With all these fad diets trending, I chose a specific diet to research: The Military Diet. This diet is not as popular as the Paleo diet, or a juice cleanse, but I do know a couple of people that have attempted to do this diet. The only thing I knew about this diet is that people actually get very hungry, very easily.

According to the Military Diet’s website, the thing that stands out the most to me is that it consists of food that I would never consider healthy. For example, it consists of saltine crackers, hot dogs, and ice cream. These are definitely not healthy whatsoever, but considering the serving size, it is understandable.

Choose MyPlate has recommended food groups, and amounts that should be eaten at each meal. I have compared the diet to what the website recommends.

The military diet is 3 days and the meals are as follows:

Day One:

Breakfast:

  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • 1 slice of toast with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1 cup of coffee or tea

According to Choose MyPlate, one should consume one cup of fruit at each meal, but for breakfast, it cuts the requirement short by only having the person eat 1/2 grapefruit. 1 slice of toast meets the recommended quantity for the grains group. The protein group recommendations are met with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, but the amount of peanut butter in the diet exceeds the recommended amount. Also, peanut butter provides oil that Choose MyPlate recommends.

Lunch

  • 1/2 cup of tuna
  • 1 slice of toast
  • 1 cup of coffee or tea

The protein for lunch is just short of the recommended 1 cup of tuna. The amount of grains meet the amount that is recommended with the slice of toast. However, there are no vegetables or fruit in this meal.

Dinner

  • 2 ounces of any type of meat (the size of a deck of cards)
  • 1 cup of green beans
  • 1 small apple
  • 1 cup of vanilla ice cream

In this meal, there is more protein than recommended since Choose MyPlate recommends 1 ounce of meat. This also meets the requirements for fruit and vegetables. Although there is ice cream included, and that is considered dairy, there is nothing about ice cream on Choose MyPlate. Also no grains wet included.

Day 2

Breakfast

  • 1 egg (cooked however you like)
  • 1 slice of bread
  • 1/2 banana

The protein and grain recommendation is met, but the fruit is not because it recommends 1 banana. Also, there are no vegetables included.

Lunch

  • 1 cup of cottage cheese
  • 1 hard boiled egg
  • 5 saltine crackers

Choose MyPlate recommends 2 cups of cottage cheese for dairy, but this only serves one. It also meets the recommendations for protein, but their is no fruit or vegetables. For grains there are saltine crackers, but these have a big amount of sodium.

Dinner

  • 2 hot dogs (no bun)
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream

Dinner has a lot more food than normal, and every food group is included except grains,  and the fruit serving is smaller. Also ice cream and hot dogs are included which is abnormal since these foods are normally considered unhealthy.

Day 3

Breakfast

  • 5 saltine crackers
  • 1 slice of cheddar cheese
  • 1 small apple

There is no protein or vegetables. Also saltines are not normal as a breakfast food, and cheese is a new food.

Lunch

  • 1 slice of toast
  • 1 egg

This is moving all of the food groups except protein and grains. This about 170 calories, which is really low for a lunch meal.

Dinner

  • 1 cup tuna
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream

The amount of tuna was increased, but there are no vegetables, grains, or dairy. These foods would not necessarily be eaten together on a regular day.

What do I think?

I think that this diet actually meets many of the recommendations for Choose MyPlate. However, I do no find many of these meals appetizing, and the combinations are not the most appealing. I believe I would be very hungry, especially since I am very active. I LOVE to eat so this diet would be a very big problem for me. Also this diet only is 1,500 calories, which is 500 calories short of the daily calorie intake for women! I would feel malnourished if I tried this diet.

The Military Diet promises that you will lose 10 pounds a week. However, the could actually be very unhealthy to have a drastic weight loss. Also, people need to consider what they are eating on the other 4 days of the week, because one would need to eat very healthy in order to not gain twice as much weight as you have lost. You will lose weight because it has a very low calorie count.

You have to be very strict with your measurements for the food. Make sure if you do have substitutes, you must have the food contain the same amount of calories, according to dailyburn.com 

There are no exercise recommendations, or requirements. From personal opinion, I believe that someone who is planning on exercising do not participate in this diet because it is very low in calories, and not satisfying. According to weightloss.com, you can actually gain weight from this diet, since you have to be very consistent and you absolutely get no breaks!

All in all, I would not recommend this diet because it would not be satisfying. I believe if people are looking for a “quick fix” it could work, but you would have to be careful when you get off of the diet.

I don’ think that Michelle Obama would be proud.

 

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Some of the foods in the Military Diet!! 
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