You're In The Army Now... Wait... You're In Ketosis Now!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 | Posted by Scratch

The U.S. Defense Department may consider banning beer and pizza. Yes, you heard that right: a mandatory keto diet may be approved to enhance military performance, an article posted on stated Monday.

The controversial ketogenic or “keto” diet may be the future of the military, some defense officials say, according to the article.

According to the article, such a move could force service members, and Navy SEALS especially, to forgo beer and burritos for skinny cocktails and avocado salad (forget the tortilla chips) if a proposal from Special Operations Command gains momentum.

While a nutritionally enhanced future could eventually be put into effect for all branches, the article writes, the SEALS and other underwater dive-mission specialists might be the first groups targeted for the change in nutritional guidelines.

“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,” Sanders said at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference last month.

The article references Lisa Sanders, the director of science and technology at U.S. Special Operations Command, who presented an Ohio State University study that recommends the nutritional change based on the keto diet, which is high in fat and low in carbohydrates. The diet works to deprive the body of glucose needed for energy and forces it to burn stored fats instead, which can help servicemen in the field. The study was conducted on the university’s Army ROTC cadet population.

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