The brave men and women that serve in our military forces are some of the most physically fit members of our society and it’s therefore no surprise that people who want to train frequently try to adopt some areas of the military lifestyle. This has led to to the surge in popularity of the Military Diet, which you might know as the 3 Day Diet.
I’m unsurprisingly skeptical of any claims that involve losing a lot of weight in a short period of time and this certainly qualifies, especially if you are only being told what to eat for three days a week. So when I hear, “lose up to 10lbs in 3 days”, I worry. But it wouldn’t be fair to just jump to conclusions.
The one thing that this diet does have going for it is that it makes no apologies for what it is trying to do. It sets itself up as a way to lose wight in a short period of time and therefore claims to be ideal for anyone wanting to get in shape for a holiday, wedding, birthday etc., that is just around the corner. This means that fast results are required. Fast results means visible improvement and that keeps people motivated, even if what they are doing might not be the best thing for them in the long-term.
It’s important you get an idea of what we are talking about, so click here to have a quick look at the diet itself. Let’s start with the positives. It’s all about what you eat. This means you aren’t expected to start taking any pills you don’t know anything about or to go under the knife. It’s all fairly normal food too, so there shouldn’t be a nasty bill to worry about if you decide to keep it up. It’s also mind-numbingly simple. Each meal is set out in a dummy-free way that makes understanding the whole thing that much easier. Nothing is worse that being caught up in a diet that you can’t get your head around.
Eating sensibly won’t leave you feeling hungry if you do it right. This diet will. For four days you will be eating fairly normally but the reality is that for three days you are going to be quite peckish. That means your will-power comes into play and if you want to succeed you are going to have to hang in there. This should be ringing alarm bells in your head straight away. Anything like this is inevitably going to be unsustainable for a lot of people.
With a lot of things, it is safe to say that they are a means to an end and you should only judge the results. Unfortunately, health and fitness just isn’t one of those things, You can achieve remarkable physical results with a load of diets that are doing an immense amount of harm to your body. And if they aren’t doing you good, you don’t want to bother. I’m sure there will be people reading this who have taken on the military diet and found success with it.
I’ve made it very clear before that I am more worried about getting people to adopt healthier lifestyle choices. That means doing the right sort of exercise, at the right time, and eating sensibly to match your own personal goals. If you do this, the results will take care of themselves! And the best thing is it isn’t a diet, it is just a way to live your life. The military diet may provide you with some quick, short-term results, but you aren’t going to do it for the rest of your life. A more sustainable approach will keep you feeling full and reaping the rewards in the long-run.