Nutrition in adverse environments, 3. The metabolic effects of a restricted food intake on men working in a tropical environment

Hum Nutr Appl Nutr. 1982 Oct;36(5):325-44.


As part of a research programme concerned with the need to lighten the load carried by soldiers engaged in long foot patrols, a field experiment was undertaken in West Malaysia. For 12 d a group of 15 men consumed 7.4 MJ/d (1770 kcal/d) whilst a control group of 14 men ate 12.9 MJ/d (3080 kcal/d); both groups expended on average about 15.8 MJ/d (3770 kcal/d). The low-energy group incurred an energy deficit of 98 MJ (23 410 kcal) with a weight loss of 3.9 kg, whereas corresponding figures for the control group were 37 MJ (8840 kcal) and 2.4 kg. Before, during and after the energy deprivation phase, assessment was made of work capacity (estimated VO2 max), vigilance and military skills but no difference was found between the groups.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attention
  • Body Composition
  • Body Constitution
  • Diet / standards*
  • Energy Intake
  • Energy Metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Malaysia
  • Male
  • Military Medicine / trends*
  • Nitrogen / metabolism
  • Oxygen Consumption
  • Physical Exertion
  • Tropical Medicine / trends*
  • United Kingdom


  • Nitrogen