The military could soon be mandating a ketogenic (keto) diet, according to the Military Times.
This may mean foregoing beer and pizza in favor of salads for many service members, especially Navy SEALs.
While the new diet could eventually be put into effect for all branches of the government, SEALS and other underwater specialists could be the first groups targeted for the change. Lisa Sanders, the director of science and technology at U.S. Special Operations Command, recently presented a study that recommends the keto diet, which works to deprive the body of glucose and forces it to burn stored fat.
In her presentation, she said:
“One of the effects of truly being in ketosis is that it changes the way your body handles oxygen deprivation, so you can actually stay underwater at depths for longer periods of time and not go into oxygen seizures.”
This discussion comes at a time of growing concern about obesity in the military. But there has been some pushback, including those who wonder whether the military has the legal and ethical authority to control its service-members’ diet 24 hours a day.
And while service-members are familiar with physical testing, it is possible that they could be soon be in store for daily ketosis testing. The plan is strict and service members may be tempted to cheat after hours and on weekends. Blood and urine tests can be used to assure that bodies are in a constant state of ketosis. Produce choices and meat quality of military dining facilities will come further into focus as a result of the changes, and the high carb and sugar content of MRE’s would also be a thing of the past.
I went keto some years ago thanks to Mark Sisson’s The Primal Blueprint and lost 30lbs, plus gained lots of energy. Now I easily maintain 165lbs and have discovered that going back to wheat and sugar make me feel awful.
Over the last three weeks I’ve also been building my house, which adds in lots of extra exercise. I’m feeling leaner and fitter than I have in some time.
We are on day 15 of the build now. If you’re one of my Unauthorized subscribers, I’m posting episode 5 of Tiny House Expat Living tonight. You can subscribe here. We finished the roof of the first cabin today. Now I have to figure out how to make windows…
I haven’t had time to post much on YouTube or here, but a big thanks to Steph for maintaining the blog while I’m tied up with construction.
We were not made to eat a modern diet of vegetable oils, carbs and sugar. Try steak and asparagus instead – your body will thank you.