It is almost sad that “Most recently” is the title of this blog entry. I am only thirty years old and I am already to the point of saying “my most recent attempt at eating right was . . .” Eating right is not easy!
Generally, the way I eat is if I’m hungry and there is food available I will eat until I am not hungry. And, trust me, I can put it away. I am about 6’3″ and 245 pounds. Even if I lost a majority of my body fat I would still be 200+ pounds. I have a large frame. My point is that I need to eat more than my wife who is only 5’2″ and has a small frame. The only problem is that most diet plans don’t really take that into account. They give you recommendations for how many calories to eat in a day, how big of a serving size you should have, etc. but they rarely give recommendations based on the size of the person. Now I know that I am bigger than most people, but it makes it a little more difficult to figure out the right portion size for someone who is above average like me. It doesn’t feel right that I only get to eat the same amount as my wife.
The Military Diet
That being said, I decided to look for a diet program that would account for a guy my size. I didn’t have to do a whole lot of research before I came across “The Military Diet.” I figured that he military is full of a bunch of tough, big guys like me. Theses guys wouldn’t go for a “diet” that starved them and only allowed them to eat kale. The more I looked into “The Military Diet” the more I liked what I saw. It claims to be the way the military gets willing recruits to lose weight quickly. “Lose up to 10 pounds per week without any exercise or prescriptions.” Sounds good to me, even if it does sound too good to be true.
“The Military Diet” is a three days on four days off type diet. You have a very strict diet for three days and then a less restrictive, more normal, way of eating the rest of the week. What is even better is that on the three days of strict dieting you still get to eat peanut butter, bread, meat, and ICE CREAM. It’s not just fruits and vegetables. So, even though it wasn’t quite the portions I was hoping for, it is the foods I like.
I did the military diet for 3 weeks and lost 8 pounds. Not bad right? Well, it’s not that simple. Yes, I lost weight. But, when I reflected on the diet and my food choices, not much was changing. Part of being on a diet is eating better and giving your body what it needs. I didn’t feel like I was giving my body what it needed. I wasn’t eating enough vegetables. I wasn’t eating enough fruit. This diet wasn’t changing my health it was just helping me lose a little weight. I certainly want to lose weight, but I also want to feel good doing it. I want the doctor to be impressed with how well my body is working. I want to treat my body the way it needs to be treated. This diet was not helping me do that.
Maybe I am being a little unfair. I did follow the diet pretty closely on the 3 days on but on the 4 days off my eating habits didn’t change a whole lot. I kept eating what I had always eaten, and that was on me. I could have eaten more fruits and vegetable on those days, but I chose not to. I treated them more as free days than as 4 days of eating more calories while putting better foods into my body.
“The Military Diet” will help you lose weight. I don’t know all of the science behind it, but I lost weight doing it. But, if you want a diet that will help your body become healthier and lose weight this diet will not help.