Mandatory Super Soldier Diet For US Military Troops

Everyone knows that if you’re planning on
joining the military, then you’d better be ready to be told what to do. From day one you’ll be told what to wear,
where to go, what to do when you get there, who to talk to or not talk to, and even what
time you’ll get to sleep. Meal time however has always come with some
freedom- you’re free to swap MREs between soldiers and if you have the luck of eating
at a chow facility then you typically have a decent selection of food to pick from. Now though the US military is considering
a new mandatory diet to enforce on its troops, as its researchers investigate a super diet
which many hope will produce a super soldier. The 90s had the Atkins diet, and if you have
a facebook account then you’ve probably seen an aunt or friend post about the miracles
of the Keto diet. You’re probably used to hearing about all
sorts of fad diets by now though, from all-carbs to no-carbs, to the hilariously misguided
paleo diet that is supposed to be based off the types of foods that early man ate. You know, back when people died at age thirty
and also ate food that no longer exists. The slew of miracle diets has probably worn
you down, but it turns out that the US military thinks there really might be something to
the keto diet after all. Currently the Pentagon is investigating a
keto- or ketogenic- diet and its physical and mental health effects on soldiers. The diet takes its name from the physiological
state known as ketosis, which is when your body is burning almost nothing but fat for
energy, while turning some of that fat into ketones in the liver, directly juicing the
brain with energy. Typically our diets consist of a mixture of
carbohydrates and fat, and so our bodies have a great deal of carbs to burn off before it
gets to the fat- which it prefers to burn last as fat is basically an insurance policy. That’s right, that spare tire you’ve been
carrying around your mid section is your body’s way of keeping you alive, because back before
Uber Eats and supermarkets on every corner, humans had to hunt and gather for their food,
and food could be scarce indeed. On the off chance that you came across a glut
of food though- like say a bunch of woolly mammoths entered into a suicide pact together
and ran themselves off a cliff- then your body would greedily turn all that extra food
into nice thick fat that it stored around the body. Then when lean times came again the body would
burn up all that stored fat. So now next time somebody says you need to
lose weight, just remind them that your body is operating at peak evolutionary efficiency
and doing all it can to keep you alive. A Keto diet basically starves you of carbohydrates
and instead focuses on foods that are rich in fat, which paradoxically then makes the
body burn that fat, and the fat you’ve been saving up for hard times, more efficiently. As fat is a much richer energy source than
carbs, proponents of the Keto diet claim that the diet gives the body more energy and makes
it perform better. Always looking for a way to get an edge on
the battlefield, the Pentagon then decided to put its best BS detectors on the job and
started investigating the effects of a keto diet on its troops. Partnering with researchers at the Ohio State
University, the study followed twenty-nine soldiers in total over a twelve week exercise
training program. Fifteen of the soldiers would eat only a keto
diet, while the other fourteen at a normal diet. All twenty nine partook in the same exercises
and training programs with their performances observed side by side. After twelve weeks the study showed that the
troops partaking in the keto diet saw a whopping sixteen pound (7.7 kg) weight loss, along
with dramatically improved body composition. The keto soldiers also showed a 48% improvement
in insulin sensitivity, which means that their body’s cells could use blood glucose more
effectively thus reducing their blood sugar levels. As far as physical performance though, both
groups of soldiers showed very similar progress through the physical training aspects, and
neither group out performed the other physically, showing similar scores in aerobic capacity,
maximal strength, power, and speed through an obstacle course. Clearly the keto diet is great for weight
loss, but there’s one group of soldiers who have taken heed of the Ohio State University’s
results and become very interested in the diet. That group is the US Navy and its community
of divers and Navy SEALs, as research has shown that individuals in ketosis are able
to stay underwater for longer periods than those not in ketosis. Being in ketosis dramatically changes the
way your body handles oxygen deprivation and allows a human diver to stay underwater at
deeper depths and for longer amounts of time. That’s likely no big surprise to whales and
dolphins, whom naturally indulge in a keto diet every day of their lives, proving that
nature is as usual way ahead of the curve versus humans. Lisa Sanders, director of science and technology
at the US Special Operations Command, recently stated that her labs are partnering with civilian
labs to see what effects ketosis has on altitude-induced hypoxia. If the body can process oxygen better even
at low quantities, much as its better able to resist oxygen deprivation during diving,
then that means that soldiers would be able to better operate in low-oxygen environments
such as high altitudes. This would give US forces an unparalleled
edge over their enemies when fighting in mountainous regions, and could be especially critical
for special operations forces. Sanders also commented that her labs are investigating
alternate ways of inducing ketosis in the human body, as achieving a natural state of
ketosis through diet typically requires five days of eating a keto-only diet. This would mean that soldiers operating at
high altitudes would have to prepare for five days before going on their mission, which
would be an extremely unlikely luxury. If ketosis could be induced quicker though,
soldiers would be faster prepared to undergo deep or long dives, and to operate in higher
altitudes. Staying within the bounds of a keto diet though
requires careful meal preparation, as you must intake less than fifty grams of carbs
a day- something which would not be easily achieved on a hectic modern day battlefield,
and yet another reason alternate means of inducing ketosis would be ideal. However, while the Pentagon’s study showed
that the keto diet had no direct impact on soldier’s physical performance- other than
making them more fit by losing weight- other studies have shown that a keto diet may in
fact be giving the brain a boost. Individuals with epilepsy have been shown
to suffer fewer seizures while on the diet, granting much needed relief that doesn’t come
at the cost of taking a bunch of drugs with terrible side effects. The keto diet sounds great, and while it clearly
falls far short of the health benefits your aunt posts about on Facebook, it has proven
effective at weight loss and may be giving your brain a boost. However, no long term research has been done
on the effects of a keto diet on a human over the long term, and as with any extreme diet,
there are bound to be risks involved. Humans evolved to be omnivores, and straying
too far into specialized diets always carries serious risks. Yet some of the risks of a keto diet are already
apparent amongst its practitioners, and the most common side effects include high cholesterol,
constipation, bad breath, and high-pressure projectile diarrhea. Just kidding, we made that last one up- but
what we did not make up is the far more suffered and appropriately termed, Keto Crotch. This side effect is exactly what it sounds
like- practitioners of the keto diet very often report that their crotches begin to
smell terribly, and that should come as no surprise as any extreme diet can result in
drastic PH changes in the body. When you disturb the body’s PH balance, it
likes to remind you that it’s still in charge by making you stinky. There’s no known cure for keto crotch, though
we guess that frequent bathing is probably a good place to start, and maybe it wouldn’t
hurt to keep an air freshener in your underwear. A keto diet may not lead to super soldiers
in the end, but it might lead to much more fit and leaner soldiers, which would improve
the overall health of the US fighting force. If government labs can figure out how to induce
ketosis without undergoing a five day diet change, it would also give US troops an edge
in mountain combat, and give its divers and Navy SEALs much greater endurance at deeper
depths when carrying out dangerous missions. Perhaps, with all the resources of the US
military behind it, research into the keto diet could even discover a cure for keto crouch,
putting to rest the fears and suffering of millions of keto practitioners around the
nation. Think you would ever risk a smelly crotch
for weight loss? What’s the craziest diet you ever tried? Also, be sure to check out our other video,
Why the military can’t quit Windows XP! Thanks for watching, and as always, don’t
forget to like, share and subscribe. See you next time.

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Reader Comments

  1. Toby Thompson

    Saying that humans evolved to be omnivores is a false statement. As usual the infographics show does little to no actual research into a subject. This channel gets worse with each upload.

  2. Johnny Tabry

    Great video until the Crotch part as it's not factual, just a lousy attempt from paid Researchers and media to bash Keto for obvious reasons

  3. JAZZ ZZubelik

    This video is not credible at because they misidentified the location of Ohio go to time stamp 2:46 and you will see that Ohio is north east of where it actually should be

  4. Ur Mum

    I've been eating only 1500 calories a day within a 8 hour feeding window for example I eat all my 1500 allowed calories within 8 hours usually from 12 to 8pm and I've gone from 230 to 177 within 3 months

  5. Christian Minecraft Server 4 Homeschoolers

    Thumbnail inaccurate. Real super soldiers only wear Airpods.

    When their enemies beg for mercy, they can’t hear them

  6. 42SVB

    Keep in mind that their past brilliant ideas consisted of testing anthrax on soldiers that led to insanity and suicide, the rise of syphilis through misuse of penicillin, and numerous boil orders a year at my previous duty station.

  7. Kry

    The video states ketosis is achieved by consuming less than 50g of carbs a day.

    I believe that's wrong, it's different for each person according to their body composition and metabolism. To be more accurate, you should limit your carbohydrates to 5% of your calorie intake. So that would be ~15g for someone that eats 1200kcal a day, and 30g for 2400kcal and so on.

    This is MY OPINION based on 2 years of medical school tuition and personal research, if you disagree please tell me why.

  8. fadrium

    Well, US expose soldier to high dose of radiation when they testing nuke, they also expose their own soldiers to Agen orange in Vietnam, now they are feeding their army with GMO food LOL

  9. Bronson Stephens

    I always thought it’d be cool to join the military and become badass. But I have a hard time with people telling me what to do. And also there isn’t many battles going on right now.

  10. Duke00x

    Because of the variations of individuals you can't have just one one size fits all diet. Though you may be able to have a few variations n a diet that may work for most.

  11. Christian Turner

    I don't know how to feel about this, i wont get tasty foods or drinks but I'll feel so much better if I go thru with it, also its going to make the army every stricter, im shipping out soon in 2020, idk how to feel about it

  12. ZoltanoMoltano

    you mean by having this info all around and available for anyone with internet makes it that US soldiers will have the advantage?:)… btw check the effect of prolonged keto on the brain a bit further, signs of excessive anger, being edgy, agressiveness etc… use proper and balanced diet and youll stay lean and perform even better, tried and true.

  13. Aiden Allred

    Pentagon: figures out how to make people go on keto

    3 days later some random organization finds it out and announces it to the world

  14. freeminded7

    Keto is a terrible choice for athletes. There are no weight-loss benefits to keto. The soldiers lost weight because they were eating in a caloric deficit. You can’t beat physics.

  15. Ajax Azores

    I think that the reason that the keto diet causes better diving is because ancient humans who ate primarily fish and shellfish would have to dive at deeper depths for more food. If humans dove with nets or a spear design to impale fish would thrive if they held their breath and were more dense (more lean) to dive faster. Plus the stinky crotch could mimic fish smell and not alert them. The diet could be triggered by seafood composition which is higher in protein and fat

  16. Squid Balls

    We don't need to diet in order to lose weight in the military. You will lose any and all excessive weight just from the stress and physical activity in boot camp, and then there are regular PT tests after that. The MRE is actually high in calories and low in fiber, so you will have enough energy in the field and not wasting time pooping.

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