The Israeli Army Diet first reached popularity back in the 1970’s and then went out of style only to become fashionable again in the 1980’s. At the time, it was being advertised as being the diet most preferred by people who were newly recruited to the Israeli Armed Forces. It is a very extreme diet and is said to cause fast weight loss, though it is admittedly a short-term result.
The Israeli Army Diet is one that takes eight days to complete. These eight days are divided into two-day periods which designate the type of food that is allowed. Throughout the entire eight days, dieters can drink all the coffee and tea they want. On the first two days, you’re permitted only to eat apples. On the third and fourth days, only cheese is allowed. On the fifth and sixth days, dieters on the Israeli Army Diet can eat only chicken. On the last two days, the only thing that can be eaten is salad. No other foods can be consumed throughout these eight days. The marketers of the Israeli Army Diet were careful to state that the program should never be followed for any longer than the eight days.
The pros of using the Israeli Army Diet are that many people who follow it to the letter do indeed manage to lose weight rapidly. It is not a significant amount of weight, but it is sometimes enough to make just enough difference for a special event.
Unfortunately, the list of cons against using the Israeli Army Diet is very long. This diet does cause a temporary weight loss, but that’s only because the calorie reduction is drastic. People on this diet will frequently experience nausea, extreme hunger, dizziness, lightheadedness, and other unpleasant symptoms associated with following a starvation diet such as this. Furthermore, the nutritional value of this diet is extremely low, so people who have any of several medical conditions – such as diabetes – can experience serious health consequences. In almost every situation, the weight that is lost from this diet is regained, and it occurs very quickly because the metabolism slows down from having been starved and therefore does not manage calories as well, leading to faster fat gain.
No exercise or increase in activity level is recommended by the Israeli Army Diet. Typically speaking, diets that do not encourage exercise are not recommended but in this case, since weakness and dizziness are so prevalent as a result of the drastic drop in caloric intake, it is likely wise not to take part in any kind of strenuous physical activity. In fact, for most dieters using this program, it would likely be dangerous or impossible.
It is highly important to speak with a doctor before beginning this diet as it is extremely taxing on the body and can pose serious health risks.