Health has always been a key factor in day-to-day lives of humans. Historically, the plumper you were the healthier you were considered; this boded well for families in agriculture and industry because it meant they had the strength to work. Over time the importance for health and proper eating has grown, but the purposes for our dietary choices have changed along with time. It is no longer hard work and strength for industrial labor that compel us to eat wholesome meals, rather the promise of a longer life. Through centuries of observation, and a lot of indulging, we’ve found that our diet is a direct correlation to our lifespan. And who doesn’t want to live a little bit longer?
A diet is the specific choices of food a person, animal, or community may eat. All diets require a proper balance of nutrition; which can prove to be difficult in some areas of the world. Our diets are mostly influenced by where we live; the access to the livestock, poultry and agriculture we have access to. Diets can also be influenced by religious beliefs and doctrine. Muslims, practitioners of Islam, are forbidden to eat pork. Catholics aren’t allowed to eat any meat other than fish on the celebratory holiday Good Friday. Diets reflect the cultures in which they are rooted in, often mirroring the trends and fads of the time.
One particular fad was the Israeli Army Diet. Despite its looming name, it has nothing to do with the Israeli Army. The Israeli Army Diet was a classic diet that was popular in the 1970’s, born from the myth that it was the dietary plan Israeli Army fed to new recruits. The diet plan lasted 8 days, same foods were eaten 2 days at a time.
Day 1 -2: Apples
Day 3- 4: Cheese
Day 5 – 6: Chicken
Day 7 -8: Salad
During this 8 day plan black tea or coffee were allowed to be consumed with the day’s food. The result was what led to some temporary weight loss. The Israeli Diet had an appeal to people not only because of its notorious weight loss results, but also because it was so simple. Unfortunately, it came with many “side effects” that just wouldn’t work.
For one, the weight loss didn’t stick. People eventually get tired of eating the same food day after day and resort back to their regular eating patterns, quickly regaining this dropped weight. Secondly, there were too many dietary dangers involved. The diet plan created unhealthy eating patterns, the plan lacked any protein which leads to muscle wasting. Along with the weakened muscles were possible chances of fatigue, irritability, fainting, and constipation due to the low amount of calories, the high amount of saturated fat, and the nonexistent amounts of carbohydrates. (Matus, 2015)
As we grow with time we witness the growth and the fall of many things. Diets and healthy living have taking the forefront of things we care about. Diets are long-term and doable lifestyles that require balanced eating along with proper amounts of exercise and physical activity. Some diets will change, a lot will be influenced by social causes and events, but the one thing that will remain constant is your need to take care of yourself. After all, who doesn’t want to live a little bit longer?
Matus, M. (2015, January 15). Israeli Army Diet. Retrieved April 5, 2016, from everydiet.org: http://www.everydiet.org/israeli-army-diet
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