Scam Diets Exposed: #1 The Military Diet

Hello, everyone! Sorry I’ve been off the grid for about three days- gotta make that pay.

However, I’m back, and today I’m going to be discussing the first of many scam diets… starting with The Military Diet. If you are unaware of what this diet is, it’s essentially a THREE-DAY DIET that promises a loss of weight up to 10 lbs in a week. Sounds too good to be true, right? That’s because it is.

I’ll give you a sample guideline of what to expect by trying this diet:

Breakfast: A 260-calorie breakfast of a piece of dry toast, one egg and a banana.

Lunch: Exactly five saltine crackers (no more, no less) and 1 cup of low-fat cottage cheese, for a total of 270 calories.

Dinner: Two hot dogs, 1 cup of cooked broccoli or cabbage, 1/2 cup of cooked carrots and a banana, followed by a dessert of 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream. This is about 600 calories.

*No snacks are allowed on the diet. 

Some may say that doesn’t sound all bad. I’m going to tell you the exact reason why it is. Several studies have shown this diet provides an extreme caloric restriction on both men and women, meaning that after the three days are up, you’re going to gain that 10 lbs right back. It has also been proven that many people who have tried it once, tend to go back to it. The constant up and down of their weight shows to weaken your immune system and organs, and can also lead to gallstones and other heart problems. It’s also recommended that you do NOT exercise on this diet. WTF?

The point of this is, this diet is extremely dangerous and unsustainable. Who wants to eat a diet that has a strict set of foods, rules, and calories? Those who have tried the diet in the past do say that the main way that people lose weight on this diet is…. wait for it….

Calorie restriction. [No one is surprised].

ANY DIET, under ANY circumstances, that promotes calorie restriction is NOT a real or healthy diet. It is a SCAM, it is UNSUSTAINABLE, and has extremely negative effects on your overall health.

Friendly reminder to never try this scam diet- a balanced, organic diet with regular exercise is the way to go. Always.

Sources:

http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health-beauty/article/1930550/dont-fall-military-diet-hype-its-dangerous-and-unsustainable

http://www.livestrong.com/article/326193-three-day-military-diet/