Dietitian’s and nutritionists hope the Military Diet, which allows fewer than 1,000 calories per day and emphasizes processed foods such as hot dogs and saltine crackers, disappears in 2018. The diet promises 10 pounds lost in a week and is super specific about what to eat at each meal. For example, one breakfast includes five saltine crackers, one slice of cheddar cheese and one small apple. It’s only three days long, so it’s certainly not teaching long-lasting lifestyle changes. Michelle Loy, MPH, MS, RDN says the cons (short term, some low-quality processed foods, and inadequate fibre, vitamins, and minerals) outweigh the few pros (teaching portion control and including a few fruits and vegetables).
Her advice: “The Military Diet would need a major makeover to be considered healthful, so I’d recommend sidestepping this one for good!”