Did you put off dieting and working out? Are you trying to find that “quick fix” before your summer vacation, spring break, wedding, or family/class reunion?
but is this “quick fix” safe for your metabolism
The Military Diet
The 3 day diet-promising 10 pounds of weight loss within three days
- 3 days eating ONLY 1000 calories or less; the only fluids allowed are water and/or caffeinated coffee or tea.
- 4 days off eating whatever you desire
Can it work?
- Yes, drinking only water or caffeinated beverages is likely to cause a person to lose weight. Why? Caffeine is a diuretic; diuretics cause people to urinate more getting rid of excess water weight. On average a person carries 1.5-5 pounds of water weight. During menstruation it is not uncommon for women to gain up to 10 pounds; which is likely only water weight.
- There are various 3-day diet menu plans for the military diet. I’m not going to lie the suggested food items are healthy. HOWEVER, when a person eats less than 1200 calories per day, the body goes into starvation mode. During starvation mode, the body breaks down muscle for energy, and muscle weights more than fat. That being said when a person is only eating a 1000 calories, muscle break down occurs due to inadequate fuel source, (remember muscle weighs more than fat, so when you’re losing muscle you could drop some pounds!) with a combination of drinking water and caffeinated beverages to get rid of any excess water weight-then yes, weight loss is likely to occur.
The not so bright side.
The diet might work great for your outward appearance, but not so much for the wealth of your metabolism. A 3 day on and 4 day off diet creates a Yo-yo affect for your metabolism. Your body wants consistency and the Military diet is not it! Cutting down to only 1000 calories per day (potentially being only half the amount of food a person normally consumes) can be very hazardous resulting in dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, weakness, and/or faintness; especially if you participate in physical exercise which is also recommended to accompany the Military Diet.
The condition of the inside of your body is just as important as the outside, if not more! Just because you can’t see the issues, like you can on the outside, doesn’t mean that they don’t exist.