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In recent years, dieting has helped countless people who wanted to lose weight. Now, the high-fat, low-carbohydrate food batch can be used to make sure those who protect America stay in top shape.
According to the Armed Forces, US military compulsory keto diets check several media reports. Navy SEALs and underwater diving specialists would be the first to submit to the compulsory diet, the Military Times reported. Why she? A Ohio State University study found that the school's ROTC cadets who followed the diet were able to stay under water longer because their bodies produced less carbon dioxide, which meant they needed to breathe less.
Lisa Sanders, director of science and technology at US Special Operations Command, recently touted this discovery at a US defense conference in Tampa. "One of the effects of a true ketosis is that it changes the way your body deals with oxygen deficiency, so you can stay underwater for long periods of time and not deal with oxygen spills," Sanders said at the conference.
ROTC cadets who ate keto lost an average of 1
Most importantly, the study found that the cadets were able to sustain ketosis – the process by which your body burns fat for energy and accumulates ketones in the blood – for 12 weeks while they are kept on the diet.
Compulsory keto dieting would be associated with a series of challenges. According to The Washington Times soldiers' diets should be monitored 24 hours a day, which US defense officials do not consider legitimate. Second, the Military MREs (ready meals) need to be overhauled, which means that the ever-popular hot pepper pizza is a thing of the past.
There have been some diet changes in the military exhibition halls lately. Last year, the kitchen of the Marine Corps was designed to resemble that of the best NCAA sports programs. In 2014, the US Navy stopped selling soda and meat to foreign troops. Healthy weight remains an important goal of the military. In 2018, almost one in three people who had joined a military recruiter were disqualified immediately because they were overweight.
Retired Major General Jeffrey E. Phillips, Executive Director of the Reserve Officers Association, wrote in one opinion that this poses a risk to national security. "Recruitment of challenges caused by health factors such as obesity increases the pressure on the military to compensate for this by hiring out-of-candidate candidates," Phillips wrote-related health conditions and replacing those who were dismissed because they are not suitable for the service. "I've seen it myself: dumpy soldiers who visibly surpass or even surpass the standards of size and weight," Phillips wrote.