We've all heard enough about 'miracle' diets that claim to do it all. Whether it's Atkins, South Beach, paleo, no carb, low carb, or high carb, there always seems to be a new one that will cure all of your problems. But what if the diet that could make us all look hot has been right under our noses the entire time? It makes perfect sense that the military would be a great place to start - our servicemen and women are in phenomenal shape!
Serving And Protecting Is Hard Work
Our military has to be in peak physical condition in order to do the kind of work they do. Strength, flexibility, speed, and endurance are all important qualities that can't be developed without a diet that goes the distance. Nutrition and training experts have worked together over many years to get their diet just right. Now we can try it, too!
It's Super Strict
When you're eating like a member of the military, you can forget about loading up with delicious desserts. With the kind of work they have to do, there's no room for treats, such as pop or cake. In fact, some recruits are literally not allowed to eat those things. Basically, you get three meals a day and you're not allowed to be picky.
Eat Like A Soldier
The goal of military trainers is to get servicemen and women into the best possible shape, and to maintain it. Soldiers also need enough energy to last throughout the day. It only makes sense that following the same diet, along with some exercise, will get you into top physical shape, too. Are you ready to start eating like a fighting machine?
Three Days On, Four Days Off
One of the best things about this diet is that you only have to do it for three days, then you get a four-day break. This doesn't mean you can go crazy with pizza, beer, and chocolate, but you can certainly be a little more relaxed, as long as you try to keep your daily calorie intake to no more than 1,500.
The Most Important Meal Of The Day
We're off to a great start, as day 1 breakfast is actually pretty tasty! Anyone who loves peanut butter will be over the moon with the first meal of the day. Eat half a grapefruit, one piece of toast with up to two tablespoons of peanut butter, and coffee or tea. Remember, you're not allowed to add naughty stuff like sugar or sweeteners to your drink.
Okay, we may have made this sound a little better than it actually is. To be honest, it does seem a little sparse when you look at it, but trust us, it's a lot more filling than you think! For day 1 lunch, you get half a cup of tuna, one slice of toast, and a coffee or tea. All the protein in the tuna will have full in no time.
Meat lovers will look forward to day 1 dinner, where you'll get to eat three ounces of meat of your choice. In addition to this, eat one cup of green beans, half a banana, a small apple, and one cup of vanilla ice cream. We bet you weren't expecting a treat for dessert! If you want seasoning, use salt, pepper, or lemon juice.
Ready For Round 2
Day 2 breakfast may even be better than the first day. Cook up one egg however you like, but remember not to use unhealthy oils. Boiling or poaching is the healthiest option. With your egg, you can have one piece of toast and half a banana. The protein and energy in both the egg and banana will fuel your body all day.
Lunch for day 2 makes use of cheese as a source of energy and calcium. Serve yourself an entire cup of cottage cheese, or if you really don't like it, you can choose cheddar instead. Eat your cheese with one hardboiled egg and five saltine crackers. If you don't like saltine crackers, try rice crackers as an alternative.
Hot Diggity Dog
You probably weren't expecting to get hot dogs on this diet, but here we are. For your second day dinner, prepare two hot dogs (no buns), one cup of broccoli, half a cup of carrots, half a banana, and half a cup of vanilla ice cream. To be honest, this really doesn't sound like a difficult diet after all!
Your Final Day
This will be your Day 3 breakfast, so it's the last one you'll eat before your four days off. Grab an apple, a slice of cheddar cheese, and five saltine crackers, and you're done. If you don't want cheese, feel free to substitute it with a slice of lean ham or a boiled egg. The more adventurous could even replace it with cabbage.
Easy Does It
Your third day is really simple and easy when it comes to meal preparation. Breakfast is easy, and you'll find lunch to be quick and convenient, too. A piece of toast and a boiled egg with some salt and pepper makes for a great lunch on the go. If you don't want an egg, you can drink a glass of whole milk instead.
A Tasty Goodbye
This will be your day 3 dinner and the last meal you eat before starting your four days off. It's a good one, too! Eat one cup of tuna, half a banana, and one cup of vanilla ice cream. For a diet, you sure get to eat a lot of ice cream! From tomorrow, you're free to eat whatever you like.
Super Busy? No Problem
If you're worried you can't keep to the rigid schedule of the military, don't stress. Even if you work irregular hours or get very busy during the day, you can still have success with the diet. As long as you're eating all of the items on the menu at some point in the day, it doesn't actually matter too much WHEN you eat them.
Pair It With A Healthy Lifestyle
This diet is going to be a whole lot more successful if you also try to exercise at the same time. It doesn't have to be military-style workouts, so don't stress! A half-hour walk or some light weight training is better than nothing. Remember, if you feel like cheating, you can drink a herbal tea to stop cravings.
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