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Military men and fresh fish on a table

This military diet claims it can make you lose weight quicker than ever before

With the prospect of bumper Christmas spreads looming large on the horizon, many of us are dreading the inevitable woe of a January diet. While it can be necessary to impose a certain amount of foodie self control after weeks of roasts, cheese and cakes, no one who really loves their food relishes the prospect of January with a side of salad.

Unfortunately, for the more weak willed, an ultra-disciplined approach can be necessary to achieve results.

For those committed to welcoming February 2018 with a hot new bod, there is an extreme and authoritarian crash diet availability. The "Military Diet Plan" from Doctor NDTV is designed to facilitate rapid weight loss through a restricted and regimented food regime. It sounds horrible.

Sergeant shouting at troops

The diet centres around severely restricting the number of calories that enter the body to between 1,000 to 1,300. Split into two phases, the diet offers a dual approach to self-inflicted misery. Phase One requires the sufferer to eat three low-calorie meals a day, with no snacking allowed. For the more masochistic reader, we have provided a complete list of what's allowed below.

Day 1


  • 1 wholegrain toast topped with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • Half a grapefruit
  • 1 cup of tea or coffee, whatever you prefer


  • 1 wholegrain toast
  • Half a cup of tuna
  • 1 cup of tea or coffee


  • 85 gm serving of any meat
  • A cup of green beans
  • 1 small apple and a banana
  • 1 cup of vanilla ice cream

Day 2


  • 1 slice of wholegrain toast
  • 1 banana
  • 1 boiled egg


  • 1 boiled egg
  • One cup of cottage cheese
  • 5 saltine crackers


  • 2 hot dogs without a bun
  • Half a cup of carrots and half a cup of broccoli
  • Half banana
  • Half a cup of vanilla ice cream

Day 3


  • One slice of cheddar cheese
  • One small apple
  • 5 saltine crackers


  • One toast
  • One boiled egg


  • One cup of tuna
  • Half a banana
  • One cup of vanilla ice cream

After three days of tuna, egg and toast, you might think you're due a reward. Alas, Phase Two only ups the allowed calories to 1,500 and demands that participants eat exclusively fruit and vegetables. This lasts for four days. Should the desired results remain elusive, the dieter has the option of starting the whole process again.

tired woman with a cup of tea

After such a torturous week, it seems reasonable to assume that one could expect some stellar results. Indeed, the diet claims to be able to help you lose 10 pounds in three days without the need for exercise. However, the veracity of crash diet claims is a topic of some debate, with many doctors pointing out that rapid, poorly managed weight loss can result in the weight piling back on after the diet's over, making the whole experience decidedly pointless.

Whatever the debatable success of this approach to dieting, the military plan is so miserable that it doesn't seem worth it. At a time of year when we should be relishing delicious winter comfort food, limiting ourselves to carrots feels like a huge waste. I, for one, will be ignoring NDTV and ploughing on with the usual selection of stews, curries and general yumminess. I may end up fat, but at least I'll be happy.