The Pentagon now is looking at how following Ketogenic diet, the controversial diet plan which relies on protein and fats over carbohydrates, could benefit the US military soldiers, reports the Washington Times.
The human body changes the way it manages oxygen deprivation when in ketosis, which helps stay underwater for prolonged period of time while still avoiding oxygen seizures, notes Lisa Sanders from the United States Special Operations Command.
There is technology available today which can detect whether a person is or is not in ketosis, she said. In fact, it can also help indicate ways of how to put someone in ketosis and even determine what that does to the person’s oxygen sustaining ability, she further said.
However, according to Lisa, the issue is that she lacks the authority to tell the soldiers, swimmers, submariners, airmen, etc what they should or shouldn’t eat and to put them in ketosis. This remains to be an authority question and not a tech question, she added.
Notably, the keto diet continues to remain a subject of controversy. Though it is considered as an effective means of losing weight, critics suggest that it is not realistic or healthy to avoid carbohydrates virtually from a person’s plate for a long period of time.