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Has Anyone Gone On the "Nazi" Diet?

Asked by Amish_Ninja (225points) December 18th, 2008

It’s a diet where you only get enough to eat to have your body work properly. You exercise until you can’t any more.

My friend did this for 2 weeks, when we were learning about WWII and the diet of a nazi soldier, just to feel and some what understand what they went through. It may sound stupid, but it’s for the sake of education!

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dynamicduo's avatar

Such education is a bit of a misnomer. I don’t have to be waterboarded to have the knowledge that it’s a horrible awful thing to do or have done to oneself. Nor would I have to go on such a restrictive diet to know that it has serious negative effects on one’s body and mind.

girlofscience's avatar

Diets in which your body is so deprived during the dieting period that, as soon as the diet ends, you gain tons of weight, are not productive… Eating that little will cause your metabolism to slow drastically, and if you lose 20 pounds during the diet period, you’ll probably gain 35 afterward.

Might as well skip the diet and put on 15 pounds since it will lead to the same end result.

seekingwolf's avatar

I agree with dynamicduo on this one.

I can understand why one would do it to “see” what it was like for Jewish prisoners, but guess what? That diet killed many, many people and harmed many more. Why on earth would you do that to yourself? Do you know what you’d be doing to your metabolism? Any weight lost would be gained back, plus some!

Seriously, it’s just unnecessary and unsafe.

loser's avatar

That just doesn’t sound cool to me.

EmpressPixie's avatar

Doesn’t sound like a good plan to me. Not even for the sake of education. I don’t have to stick my hand in a fire to know I wouldn’t like being burned.

kfingerman's avatar

Wait wait, are you saying that this diet is supposed to give you a sense of empathy for the nazi soldiers?? Am I mis-reading, are you misunderstanding, or is this educational endeavor seriously twisted?

seekingwolf's avatar


She was talking about the “Nazi diet” that was inflicted upon prisoners at the death camps. So it would induce empathy for the prisoners. I don’t need to starve myself to feel for them though. :( I think reading stories and the pictures are sufficient…

dynamicduo's avatar

Actually based on the wording of the question, when we were learning about WWII and the diet of a nazi soldier, I would assume it’s the way kfingerman was saying. As to whether Nazi soldiers deserve empathy or not, I’d be more inclined to say “no” versus “yes”, but do keep in mind not all soldiers do things willingly. That’s not an excuse for the fact that they did do horrific things, just something to note.

asmonet's avatar

@dynamic: Not to mention, not all of them believed in the cause, or were willing volunteers.

kfingerman's avatar

…and the US soldiers who tortured Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib shouldn’t be held accountable for their actions? Just because it’s become the norm, even if it’s a direct order, does not absolve morally reprehensible acts. Joining the military should not mean checking your conscience and common sense at the door.

asmonet's avatar

@kfingerman: You missed the point completely. The two are unrelated.

Amish_Ninja's avatar

Why does it seem like some people are making it seem like I went on this diet myself?

girlofscience's avatar

At least my answer was a generic “you,” in the same way you used the generic you in your details.

dynamicduo's avatar

Amish_Ninja, perhaps it is because it has been seen before where people post questions “for a friend”, but in reality the question is for themselves and they are the friend. Of course I don’t think this, I saw it was a friend in your post and I really wouldn’t care either way even if it was true. Then again like girlofscience says, the word “you” doesn’t necessarily mean we’re talking to you specifically, I often use it meaning an ambiguous “you” the audience or person reading the comment. But I did see the other comment in another thread mentioning this instance as being something you did, and I think that’s wrong of them to have done.

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