Proponents of the 1,000-calorie-a-day “Military Diet” claim it can help participants lose up to 10 pounds in three days.
The strict meal plan includes low-nutrient items like hot dogs, ice cream, and saltine crackers, and requires participants to count calories in everything, including coffee.
As with other crash diets, it’s not recommended by dietitians, who say it puts people at risk of nutritional deficiencies and poor health in the long term, and that participants will likely regain any weight they lose in the short-term.
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With every new year comes a wave of trendy, too-good-to-be-true diet promises, and 2020 is no exception. This time, it’s the resurgence of an old concept known as the Military Diet, a low-calorie plan that claims to help adherents lose up to 10 pounds in three days.
On Twitter, a search for the Military Diet returns equal numbers of people talking about their (often hungry) experiences on the plan, and ads promoting its weight-loss capabilities.
I had the saddest lunch 💔😢🤣 yho ha.a thank goodness I’m on the last day of this military diet. I’m hungry man. pic.twitter.com/z0h58RWm7q
— ✨ (@_starlyt) January 8, 2020
The meal plan ranges from 1,000 to 1,300 calories a day, far lower than the typical daily intake recommended even for weight loss, since fewer than 1,500 to 1,200 calories can put you at risk of malnutrition, according to Harvard Health.
According to the Military Diet website, a typical breakfast on the plan consists of one egg, one slice of toast, and a half a piece of fruit like banana or grapefruit. Lunch is a cup of cottage cheese and five saltine crackers, while for dinner you can look forward to two hot dogs (minus the bun), 1 cup of broccoli, 1/2 cup of carrots, and 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream.
The portion sizes are nonnegotiable, no snacking is allowed on the diet, and participants are instructed to subtract calories from beverages like coffee (about five calories per cup) out of their meals.
It’s not clear where the diet came from, but it wasn’t from the military
Also known as the Mayo, Cleveland Clinic, or Kaiser diet, despite not being affiliated with any of those organizations, the crash diet’s origins are unclear. Online searches for the “Military Diet plan” appear to have spiked a few times a year since at least 2012, most recently peaking again the last few days of 2019, according to Google Trends.
Despite occasional claims that it was invented by an anonymous military officer, there’s no evidence that the diet is connected to any branch of the armed forces in any way. Nutrition specialist Patricia Deuster, who developed the official Special Operations forces nutrition guide, has previously debunked the diet’s military connections. The actual guide recommends between 2,200 and 3,400 calories a day for operators.
“In my 30 years working with the military, I’ve never heard of it,” Deuster told CNN. “We …read more
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