Over the course of last week, a new diet has popped up under the name of The Military diet, drawing plenty of media attention to itself by claiming that participants can lose up to 4 or 5 kilos in just 3 days. While that sounds like a magical plan for many of us, is it safe? Here's what we know.
The new Military diet has been quickly rising in popularity due to it promoting weight loss in a matter of days without extreme diets and other hardships that may accompany many other diet plans. However, the Military diet has been raising concerns and other issues in several medical groups and with many other professional health experts because of how fast weight is lost while participating in the diet plan. The diet is essentially a calorie-restrictive plan which focuses on maintaining a calorie-consumption rate anywhere between 1100-1400 calories for a period of 3 days and resuming normal eating habits for the remaining 4 days of the week.
As it stands, there are no actual studies to back up and confirm the effects of the military diet, including whether it's safe or not. While 2500 calories are the recommended amount for a grown man and around 1800 for a grown woman, 1100 calories a day is an incredibly low amount for either. Crash dieting has been both studied and frowned upon due to its harmful effects on the body.
In a study conducted by Oxford regarding crash diets, Dr. Jennifer Rayne, the leading author of the study said: "Crash diets, also called meal replacement programmes, have become increasingly fashionable in the past few years." Maxine Doyle and Fiona Willox, both certified nutritionists said: "Everyone can benefit from eating less processed and refined foods, macronutrient intake should be balanced, and should have a good range of complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, good fats and lots of plant based foods."