Best Drink for The Military Diet: The Bad, The Good and The Best

Hot lemon water
Angie Moore
Written by Angie Moore

The Military Diet’s meal plan is strict when it comes to the daily calorie intake and each round around the fridge is carefully planned. However, this leaves initiates with one burning question: what does one drink while going through the diet?

The struggle is quite real as many of the drinks we gobble up daily are packed with calories. Since they come in a liquid form, we tend to ignore them. That’s why, given the low calorie requirement of the diet, you might end up with a very limited number of drinks to choose from.

See also: The Military Diet And Coffee: How to Make Coffee Healthier

To help with your diet plane, we highlighted a few good and bad examples for you. These are drinks that contain relatively low calories but they are not all the same. Take a look into the different options and decide which one will be the best for you in your weight loss journey.

Drinks that are bad for the diet

When people hear low calorie drinks, one of the very first things that come to mind are diet Cola and sugar-free drinks. While they do meet the low-calorie requirements, they are often manufactured and are full of chemicals that do not pose an immediate risk but accumulate over time.

Diet Cola

They can severely impact your health and lead to fatal consequences.

  • Diet Cola – avoid it at all cost. This low-calorie drink does not have a place in any diet and is loaded with chemicals that mess up with your metabolism and makes you fat. It has empty calories and zero nutrients, leaving a nutrient gap in the diet.
  • Other sugar-free drinks -sugar-free drinks are low in calorie and carbohydrate which should make it ideal for this diet. Do not be fooled though, these drinks substitute an artificial sweetener with another artificial sweetener. Some would claim that they have certain nutrients coming from natural ingredients but the chemical process dilutes them.

To find out what sweetener is allowed in the military diet, check out this informative article.

Drinks you should consider

All of these have relatively low calorie content and do not require sugar to make them flavorful.

Cold green tea with lemon

If needed, you can add a drop or two of stevia or honey.

  • Hot lemon water – this drink has zero calories and it also detoxifies the body while you consume it. The vitamins and mineral found in lemon is diluted in the water and raising the temperature helps boost the metabolism. Lemon juice also helps improve the performance of the digestive system. Squeeze half a lemon for every cup of hot water and wait for 10 minutes before drinking to give the lemon juice the chance to mix with the water.
  • Cold green tea with lemon – this drink is a cooler variant of the hot lemon water drink. Green tea adds caffeine to the mix but still keeps the calorie count at zero. The tea also increases the antioxidant content already present in the lemon and it is perfect for hot summer days.
  • Infused water – this drink has almost zero calories and is best served cold. It is full of nutrients coming from the different fruits and vegetables that are often used to make it. Infused water is made as if you are making punch, just take some fruits and cut them up before adding water and chilling it for one or two hours. The most common combinations are lemon, lemon-orange-cucumber and orange-apple.

The best drink

The universal solvent, water is still the best drink for any diet. It does not have any calories and helps the digestive system take out the trash.

Drink water

Water also helps the blood flush down any impurities and it helps the body cool down. As you may know, a human being should drink at least 8 glasses of water to remain hydrated. If you find the taste to be a little bland, try mixing it up with lemon, green tea or a wild infusion of flavors.

Do read our tips on how to get your groove back with the military diet for more information.

About the author
Angie Moore
Angie Moore

Angie brings a mix of knowledge and experience in diet creation and fitness best practices. With Kansas State University‘s bachelor’s degree in dietetics and over 7 years of experience working with thousands of clients to better their life, Angie is passionate about your health and well-being. She is also a well-known foodie, having published a few books about diets that work. For most of the time, you can find her in the gym working out with friends and clients, pushing them for top results and fulfilled life.

  • Albert Dorell

    I totally agree with this article. I was just wondering if I can trade water for sports drink while playing football. I think the sodium in it will help me retain water in my body, otherwise, I would sweat it right out.

    • Do you know that you can also make your own sports drink? Natural is always better. You can even try coconut water to replace your sports drink. Whatever you choose, be sure to stay hydrated when doing any strenuous physical activities.

  • Chynna Lambert

    I would want to try water infused with lemon juice, but I am worried that the acid from the lemon would harm my tooth enamel. So I’ve decided to balance the acid by adding slices of cucumber and mint in it. Did I make it right?

    • Favorite combination for water infused drink includes lemon-cucumber. Lemon has a high acid content and can erode the tooth enamel. Yes, your are correct in adding cucumber and mint to your drink.

  • Steven Schick

    Hi, I have a similar question, but instead of lemon, I want to add a few drops of apple cider vinegar. I’ve read a lot of positive feedbacks that it helps burn fats. I’m not going to substitute it for water, though, just in the morning before breakfast. What do you guys think?

    • Indeed, apple cider vinegar is used in many diets and it does have an energizing effect. However, it may also make you hungry as it is an acid.

  • Riley Clark

    I am really guilty of drinking soda almost every day in a week. I am just fascinated by the fact that I am not getting fat or even gaining weight. Does drinking soda causes a person to really gain weight, or it depends on his/her food intake?

    • Soda is laden with empty calories and too much sugar. Aside from weight gain, all that sugar may be a cause for other health issues including diabetes. Remember that weight gain doesn’t happen overnight, it creeps behind us and before we know it, we’re already way beyond our normal weight range.
      Water is still the best beverage of choice.

  • Justin Perez

    If you want drinks other than water, and you need caffeine, I suggest you try getting used to iced tea. The good thing there is, you can actually brew it at home and sweeten it with honey or agave.

    • Tea is included in the list of drinks, along with black coffee and water. It’s an excellent source of antioxidants and help hastens metabolism – a must when you’re on a diet.

  • Steve

    Is club soda or sparkling water acceptable? I have not found anything in the military diet vetoing it but it doesn’t say it’s bad for you either?

  • Hi Steve! Purists would say that plain water is best when you’re doing the military diet. Those who drink carbonated water do so because it is more filling than plain old water. Although plain water is just as filling and you won’t bust your budget, either.