What Is the Army Fitness Diet?

Monday, 22 Nov 2010 12:49 PM

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It is extremely critical that soldiers get sufficient nutrition to meet the physical demands of their work to enable them to perform their duties. Weight, exercise, and nutrition are important considerations in the army fitness diet (AMF). This diet is primarily geared toward promoting high energy, enhanced stamina, increased levels of concentration, good digestion, and an overall sense of wellbeing.  
 
Both the army fitness diet and British Military Fitness diet incorporate unprocessed, low-fat, high-protein foods, and raw fruits and vegetables into the diet, while emphasizing the intake of an appropriate amount of calories. The main underlying principle of an army fitness diet and other associated programs is to establish a relationship between the total calorie intake and the total calories burned each day. On average, enlisted military personnel are provided 500 calories per meal. This is designed according to the specifications of the Department of Agriculture's food pyramid. Some soldiers have higher energy requirements and may need around 1,800 to 2,100 calories per day. There is a lot of focus on controlling portion size, as this is the best and most efficient way to both regulate and maintain proper calorie intake. 
 
Proper exercise and diet are essential for good health and for maintaining one’s weight. Protein helps in the muscle building process. Some of the best foods that have a high percentage of lean protein include egg whites, fish, beans, and low-fat dairy products. Generally, a high-protein meal or snack is best eaten within the first half hour after a session of resistance training because it helps to enhance muscle development. Nutrition should also include healthy carbohydrates found in dark leafy vegetables and wholegrain foods. Salads and sandwiches at lunch and dinner that are loaded with vegetables boost the intake of good and essential carbohydrates and are also rich in fiber and nutrients.  
 
The army fitness diet ensures a meal frequency of at least three meals a day with healthy snacking in between. The average time between meals is around three hours. Skipping meals is a big no-no, because it messes with the body’s metabolism and promotes the storage of fat. Foods that should be strictly avoided include those that are high in sugar, fat, and trans-fatty acids. Whole-fat dairy products, pastries, candy, creamy salad dressings, fried food, canned fruits, fast food, and fatty meat should be excluded from the diet.
 


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