Israeli Army Diet Review

by The Diet Critic on August 6, 2020

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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 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.

An Eight-Day Diet

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. That said, beyond coffee and tea, the food portion of the diet is as follows:

  • On the first two days you’re permitted to eat only apples.
  • On the third and fourth days, only cheese is allowed.
  • On the fifth and sixth days, only chicken is allowed.
  • On the last two days, the only food 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 eight days.

This doesn’t come as a surprise considering anyone who follows this diet is essentially starving themselves and denying their body any real nutrition, let alone balanced nutrition. Weight loss will occur from following this diet, but it is not weight loss that will last and it certainly isn’t a process that is good or even safe for your health.

Eating Less Doesn’t Mean More Weight Loss

While it seems logical that if you want to lose weight you need to eat less, healthy and effective long-term weight loss is slightly more complex than simply cutting calories out of your diet or starving yourself.

In fact, typically speaking, for most people, less doesn’t lead to better results. Not eating enough can wreak havoc on your metabolism and digestive system. When you do not consume a sufficient number of calories, your brain thinks that you are starving and your metabolism will slow in an effort to preserve energy, conserving stored fat. This makes unwanted fat a lot harder to burn.

Following the Israeli Army Diet is likely to lead to a massive metabolism crash, a regain in the weight that you lost (and possibly more) while on it, and can make it that much harder for you to lose weight as your body readjusts to your normal diet.

Israeli Army Diet Pros

In all honestly, there are not many benefits associated with following this diet. That said, here are a couple of reasons why some people like it.

  • Rapid weight loss – The main pro of following the Israeli Army Diet is 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.
  • Inexpensive to follow – Since you don’t eat a lot during the duration of this diet, you don’t need to worry about a large grocery bill or purchasing any special equipment, programs, etc.

Israeli Army Diet Cons

Unfortunately, the list of cons against using the Israeli Army Diet is very long.

  • Drastic calorie reduction – This diet does cause 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.
  • Low nutritional value – 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.
  • Weight is Regained – 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 is encouraged – There is no exercise or increase in activity level recommended by the Israeli Army Diet. Typically speaking, diets that do not encourage exercise are not recommended. However, in the case of this diet, 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 next to impossible.

It would be in your best interest to avoid following this or any type of diet for weight loss that is this extreme. This is especially important if you already have a medical condition. That being said, if you feel strongly that the Israeli Army Diet is something that is worth trying, it is of the utmost importance that you speak with a doctor before beginning this diet as it is incredibly taxing on the body and can pose serious health risks.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Bryony July 21, 2011 at 1:00 am

I have tried this diet and lost 5 pounds in a week. Works great, and very healthy.


Lisa March 18, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Bryony, I feel the need to advise you that this diet is not healthy at all. If you eat only animal products for 4 days(cheese and chicken) your body will suffer great damages that cannot easily be repaired.
If you really want to lose weight fast try a vegetable juice detox.


Jennifer May 14, 2012 at 6:04 pm

I couldn’t agree with you more about the animal products, but you should really talk to a doctor about a veggie juice detox since a lot of those can do more harm than good for many people.


Jordan April 7, 2012 at 7:20 pm

My next door neighbor did this and after three weeks, I didn’t even recognize her when she waved to me from across the lawn! She’d lost 15 pounds! I’m not sure I have the self discipline for this diet but it sure works.


Heath August 28, 2012 at 11:25 am

I lasted one day. This is a very intense diet and you need to be able to rework your whole life to fit it.


dirk April 18, 2013 at 8:52 pm

70 years old guy 232 .good apples.good cheese.good chicken.lettuce.loys of discipline. Now 220. On to the south beach diet so I dont gain it back will see lol.3/18/13


dirk April 18, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Moderation won’t get it done for me. Its a discipline for a couple of months.I will report back the results. If I make it. LOL


dirk June 28, 2013 at 11:19 pm

In at 198. The two diets worked. Now its two maintain.ill chech in a couple major snacks lol


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