The latest weight loss trend – the Military Diet, has taken the world like wildfire. There are a number of reasons that make this dietary regimen so popular – it’s straight forward, low-cost and short-lasting. But, the best thing about it is its fast efficacy as you get to lose up to 10 pounds in a week or 30 pounds in a month.
This diet plan is a form of intermittent fasting covering a 7-day period. The diet comprises 2 phases – a straight-forward low-calorie meal plan for the first 3 days of the diet and a less restrictive diet plan for the remaining 4 days.
The diet plan can be repeated several times until desired weight loss results are achieved.
THE DRINKS IN THE MILITARY DIET
The drinks included in the Military Diet are one of the best aspects of this dietary regimen. We basically talk about 3 drinks – water, coffee and green tea. Still, these beverages have been carefully chosen as all of them stimulate your metabolism and support the fat-burning process in the body.
Coffee is probably the most widely consumed beverage. Its main ingredient – caffeine, is not just a psychoactive substance that boosts your energy levels. In fact, it’s also an effective fat burner that mobilizes fats from the fat tissues and increases the metabolic rate in the body. Aside from caffeine, coffee also contains other active substances including theobromine, theophylline and chlorogenic acid. Theobromine and theophylline closely resemble caffeinein the stimulant effect they produce. Chlorogenicacid, on the other hand, has proved effective in slowing down the absorption of carbohydrates.
Now, let’s see how caffeine increases the fat-burning process in the body. This compound actually first stimulates your nervous system, which in return informs the fat cells to break down fat.Plus, caffeine raises youradrenalineblood levels. This hormone (also known as epinephrine)is carried to the fat tissues through the bloodstreamwhere it activates the breakdown of fats and their release into the blood. In this way, the fat from the fat tissues can be used as free fatty acids in the blood.
In addition, a number of studies have confirmed that caffeine increases the metabolic rate by 3-11%, thus further increasing your weight loss results.
2# Green tea
Green tea is another popular beverage known for its amazing health-boosting properties. Namely, green tea is loaded with antioxidants such as polyphenols, or catechins, which are extremely beneficial for overall health.
For those on the Military Diet, it’s more important that these active ingredients have repeatedly been linked to weight loss. What catechins, especially EGCG, do is increase your body temperature so you burn more calories as well as prevent the buildup of body fat.
Aside from catechins, green tea is also rich in caffeine. We already mentioned above that caffeine stimulates your body into burning more calories and fat.
What makes green tea especially effective is that it naturally combines both caffeine and EGCG, which providea synergistic effect in the fat-burning process.The thing is, in order for fat to be burnt, it must first be broken down in the fat cellsthen released into the bloodstream to be used as energy. And, the active ingredients in green tea support this process by stimulating the action of some fat-burning hormones.
Last, but not least, water is the drink your body depends on for survival. Namely, water takes part in basicallyall cellular processes in the body, which means that insufficient water intake or dehydration can seriously affect your bodily functions – this includes your metabolism as well.
Aside from boosting your metabolism, water can also reduce unhealthy cravings. The thing is, most people mistake thirst for hunger and end up having a snack when they should actually be having a glass of water. This is something that happens quite often simply because it’s difficult for the body to tell the difference between hunger and thirst.
Moreover, a number of studies have found that water can increase weight loss results, especially when taken before meals. Drinking a glass of water before a meal can help you feel more satiated thus eat less. As found in a study, people who drink water before meals consumeabout75 fewer calories at each meal, which equals over 27,000 calories or 8 pounds per year. You have to admit, that’s significant weight loss just by drinking a glass of water before a meal!