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shan6127 shan6127
Thu, Aug 5, 2010 16:08
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So I am 22 and I am trying to get into the Army. I have lost almost 50 lbs so far and have 6 left to meet the max weight and I would like to be at least 10 under the max. I have been stuck at this weight for about two weeks, I have never been able to get under 153. I have been here many times but cant break it. I am eating right no junk food no pop. high protien low calories. run 2 miles everyother morning and brisk walk every night...Any ideas would be super helpful!!!! Thanks

gregdarmenio gregdarmenio
Tampa FL
Thu, Aug 5, 2010 20:08
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Congratulations on deciding to join the Army
You are not giving enough information. What are your overall calories per day? How many carbs are you eating? How much water are you drinking? How long have you been following your current plan?

Might need to see all of the above. Your body might be in an adjustment period.

shan6127 shan6127
Sat, Aug 7, 2010 13:08
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so my caloric intake is about 1300-1500 per day. And carbs im not really counting carbs I guess i should. I have 12 grain bread in the morining with my egg whites. and maybe another slice with my tuna sand. but mainly I have egg whites(1/4 cup) with the toast for breakfast, lunch is either tuna sand or chicken and veggies (1/2 cup) and dinner is chicken or fish with veggies and brown rice(1/4 cup) and a salad sometimes. and for snacks inbetween I have a protien bar or cottage cheese or a piece of fruit. I drink a ton of water could be floating lol.

lelogosdemoi lelogosdemoi
Charlotte NC
Sun, Aug 8, 2010 05:08
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I think the amount of calories is ok. Here are some diet suggestions to help crank your metabolism:
1) eat 5-6 times a day...sounds like you may already be doing this w/ your snack but not sure
2) at all 5 or 6 meals - eat a protein AND at least one fruit or vegetable. So for breakfast - add some fruit or mix some spinach in with your eggs. For snacks, have some carrot sticks with your cottage cheese, or some nuts with your fruit.
3) While you're trying to cut weight, limit your starches to just your first meal (toast w/ breakfast) and the first meal after you work out (rice). Starches = rice, bread, potatoes, corn, any grain. Walking doesn't count as a work out. You need an intense metabolic disturbance to count as a workout and you should be doing that 4-5 days a week. Running counts, lifting counts, any kind of cardio intervals counts.
4) Water - you said you drink a lot but just to be clear - you should be drinking at least half your weight in ounces a day. More on days you are sweating a lot (workout or if it's hot and you're outdoors). If you weigh 160, for example, you'd need a min of 80 oz of water daily.
5) You need to start lifting weights and doing body weight work (pushups, chinups, walking lunges, plank holds, etc). Adding muscle will increase your caloric burn each day and working out with weights creates a metabolic disturbance (you burn more calories during and after the workout). Adding muscle and doing body conditioning will also help you get thru basic training and help your running time and endurance (as well as prevent injuries from running).
6) Get some protein powder and start making yourself protein shakes for post-workout. You want to get it into you as soon as possible after finishing your workout. 28-30g of protein, a cup of skim milk and a cup of frozen fruit (or use fresh and add ice).

CONGRATS on losing 50 lbs so far - that is an amazing accomplishment and you should be so proud of your self. You can tell these last 10 pounds to go take a hike, you got it in you girl.

shan6127 shan6127
Sun, Aug 8, 2010 12:08
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Thanks for all the advise I will let you all know how that works for me next sunday. I try not to weigh myself everyday but im starting to get frustrated lol. I have also started a personal trainer 3 day a week an hour a day so we shall see how that goes. Thanks again.

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