Military Might Ban Beer & Pizza

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A big change might be coming to the military.

According to Business Insider, U.S. Special Operations Command has a proposal that if it is passed, could affect all military branches, Navy SEALS, and other underwater dive-mission specialists.

Lisa Sanders, the director of science and technology at the U.S. Special Operations Command presented a study from Ohio State University about the benefits of the ever-popular “Keto Diet,” which puts your body into a state called ketosis.

Keto is a high fat, low-carb eating plan. If passed, military members would have to maintain the diet even when they have a couple days off or on the weekends. That means no beer or pizza with their family or friends like usual…ever. 

Lots of people use the Keto Diet to lose weight – and quickly – but there is a completely scientific reason why the military would switch their service members to a ketogenic diet.

“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 in May.

This would allow Navy SEALs to be more effective on a dive or raid that starts from underwater.

The change would be controversial, since there is a legal and ethical question as to if the military can control a service member’s diet 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A Keto Diet needs to be maintained at all times because of how quickly the body can fall out of ketosis, and how long it takes the body to get into it.

Watch a video below about “Everything You Need to Know About the Keto Diet” below.