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Military Diet: 3-Day Diet or Dud?

A recent fad diet cloaks itself in scientific sounding jargon and is called the “3-Day Military Diet.” It purports to be the method adopted used by the U.S. military to help overweight recruits. CNN reports that this is not the case and the military diet is little more than a fad diet. 

Due to the obesity epidemic, it is no surprise that people are desperate for answers. Unique diets and diet advice abound. In recent years, intermittent fasting has been promoted as a means of preventing your risk of chronic disease, as well as a potential avenue for adding years to your life.

While you may cringe at the thought of skipping meals or limiting your eating to certain hours of the day, there is a growing body of evidence to suggest the health benefits of doing so could have a dramatic, positive effect on your sense of well-being.

Eating less often better aligns us with our ancestors, who did not have access to food around the clock but, rather, had periods of feast and famine. The detrimental effects on the human body related to a food supply that was once hunted and gathered, but is now readily available 24/7 from the local grocery store, are profound.

The type of intermittent fasting I recommend and personally use involves restricting your daily eating schedule to a specific window of time. Based on the experimenting I have done in recent years, I suggest a six- to eight-hour timeframe in which to consume your daily food intake.

One of my strongest cautions about intermittent fasting relates to food choices. Some claim that you can eat whatever you want as long as it is only consumed within your designated eating timeframe. While you may achieve some of the benefits from intermittent fasting simply by respecting the time boundaries, regardless of the foods you consume, I strongly recommend you consume high-quality food. My nutrition plan is an excellent starting point. 
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