Most dieters have one simple goal: to lose as much weight as possible, in as short a time frame as possible. So it’s no wonder why the so-called “Military Diet” is so popular.
According to the website TheMilitaryDiet.com, the Military Diet is a weight loss plan that could help you drop as much as 10 pounds (4.5kg) in one week. If that promise wasn’t alluring enough, the website claims you can do this without exercise, and ice cream is included as a nightly treat.
So what’s up with this mysterious diet? Where does it come from, and is it at all legit? Here’s what you should know.
What is the Military Diet?
According to the website, the Military Diet requires you eat specific foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner over the course of three days. The meal plan is extremely calorie-restrictive: on the first day, for instance, you can only eat roughly 1078 calories. (For comparison, the average, moderately active male needs roughly 2400 to 2600 calories per day.)
After the initial three-day period, you can eat whatever you want for the next four days, as long as you don’t consume more than 1500 calories. If you do this for a whole month, you can lose up to 30 pounds (13kg), according to the website.
So what do you eat on the Military Diet? Here’s a sample plan.
- cup of black coffee
- half of a grapefruit
- a slice of dry toast
- half a cup of tuna
- slice of dry toast
- black coffee
- 3 ounces (85g) of any type of meat
- cup of green beans
- half of a banana
- small apple
- cup of ice cream
By Melissa Matthews