Russian Air Force Diet

The Russian Air Force Diet is another fad diet that is both strict and low in calories. It was originally developed in the former Soviet Union to keep soldiers fit. The diet has many similarities to the 3-Day Diet, but the difference is that it lasts seven days and has a slightly different menu.

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The Strict Russian Air Force Diet Menu

While on the Russian Air Force Diet, you should drink at least 4 glasses of water or diet soda a day. Also, you are allowed to put herbs, salt, pepper, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, mustard and ketchup on your meals. On the first day you will begin with just coffee for breakfast. Your next meal will be 2 eggs and a tomato. For dinner, you are allowed 7 ounces of red meat and a green salad. This menu is representative of all days—breakfast is coffee and a very small amount of starchy carbohydrate; lunch is protein and a piece of fruit; and dinner is protein and a salad.

Problems with The Russian Air Force Diet

This diet, like many of its kind, can be tailored to provide an appropriate number of calories. You can expect to be low on energy and you should refrain from working out while on this diet, as it does not include much carbohydrate, which your muscles rely on for fuel. Your body will have to turn some of the protein you eat into carbohydrate in order to meet basic energy needs. As a result, any person on this diet should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day, rather than the diet's recommended 4 servings. Though following the Russian Air Force Diet can lead to weight loss, the weight may return quickly because the diet does not teach you to change your eating habits overall.

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Unless it comes with an air force pilot I want nothing to do with this. This is yet another fad diet that has some wacky method to get you to reduce portions. For a "real" diet, my personal favorite in the "reduce calories by reducing portions" category is the Mediterranean Diet.

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Mediterranean Diet

Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean is comprised of a large area of land that stretches from western Spain to the Middle East. Structured after traditional lifestyle habits of those in this area, the Mediterranean Diet is ideal for people who like to cook, enjoy Mediterranean cuisine, and are interested in making a permanent lifestyle change. With very few dietary restrictions, followers of the Mediterranean Diet are allowed to eat all the things they enjoy, in moderation. Unlike the customary Western style of quickly eating large portions, the Mediterranean Diet places great emphasis on spending time on preparing and enjoying small, tasty meals. Rather than make drastic lifestyle modifications, this plan teaches people to choose low-fat, low- cholesterol foods that are packed with flavor and will leave them feeling fulfilled. The Mediterranean Diet aims to permanently improve long-term health.