What Is the Military Diet, and Can It Help You Lose Weight?
A nutritionist explains everything you need to know about this popular plan.
One of the top searched diets on Google today, The military diet has actually been around for years. The plan is designed to promote quick weight loss, with the website stating that followers can expect to lose up to 10 pounds in one week without strenuous exercise or prescriptions. The entire three-day plan is available online for free, no subscription or login needed, and there is no book or product to buy.
Sound too good to be true? Here’s what you should know before you decide whether or not to give it a go: exactly how to start it, what you can and can’t eat, and if it can lead to long-term weight loss.
It’s a 3-day-on, 4-day-off strategy
On the military diet, you follow a strict meal plan for three days in a row. Day one of the plan provides 1,400 calories, day two 1,200 calories, and day three 1,100 calories. For the following four days, you can eat anything you’d like. However, the plan’s proponents advise sticking to 1,500 calories or less for the best weight loss results. You continue to follow the three-day-on and four-day-off cycle for as long as it takes to hit your goal weight.