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Old 12-09-2009, 01:53 AM
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i'm 21 and finally decided to join the ARMY. my father spent 22 years in and all I have ever wanted to do was join up. buuuuut i'm a little overweight (my scale lies ) i need to lose around 60 pounds. does anyone know of any realistic diets that i can go on? i know i need to cut my food intake and don't drink any sodas anymore just drink water water water and some more water. everything i look up online always tells me something different. thanks
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Sounds cool, man, best of luck to ya'! All I can say is diets are one thing, but they accomplish nothing without exercise, so it's important to find a type of exercise you enjoy doing, or combination of routines to where you can keep it interesting. How long do you have to trim down?

It's not so much cutting food intake as making better choices in food. The trick is fooling your body into thinking you're not hungry, which water works really well with. If you drink a bottle of water and eat a granola bar, chances are you're gonna feel full, but water also helps curb the appetite. I don't believe in all those lowfat/low carb/low cal = no taste deals, I gotta have something to eat, but instead of a value meal for lunch, a lean hamburger patty or chicken salad is the way I usually go. Portion size does play a part in it, but not as much as people think.

Just my .02. Good luck!

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Good luck on the forces, I hope you can get it and serve your country well. I wish I could help with the diet thing, but I've been 150lbs for most of my adult life, regardless of activity level or diet. Sorry.
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like Cajun said... the key is exercise... I'm not saying that you need to go out and run 5 miles every day.. but you do need to do something.

start off slow, take a walk around the neighborhood a couple of times a day, do a couple of sets of 5 or 10 push ups and sit ups a couple of times a day. After a week or so (or when it starts to get pretty easy to do that many reps) increase the number of reps and the distance/ speed at which you're walking. Eventually you'll be able to take a run around the neighborhood, you'll be doing 30 or 40 reps on the sit ups and push ups, etc it's just gonna take time and dedication...

eat smarter too. When you feel the urge for that Big Mac... eat rabbit food instead

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Coastie has hit the mark on that one. I had to shed some pounds myself when I enlisted and that's the proper way to do. Start slow, keep your portions in check, and lay off the sugared beverages and you'll be in good enough shape to enlist in no time. Once you get to basic, they'll take care of the rest.
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Portion control, watch the sugars, fats and calorie intake. Even if you walk briskly a half hour everyday that is a good thing! Check out the books by Dr Oz, very informative!

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I've got faith that you'll make it. Anyone who is willing to work this hard just to get to boot camp isn't likely fail. Best of luck and keep us posted on your progress.
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Good luck on the forces, I hope you can get it and serve your country well. I wish I could help with the diet thing, but I've been 150lbs for most of my adult life, regardless of activity level or diet. Sorry.
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thanks yall! hey cajun i don't have a time limit or a set date that i need to join by, but the sooner the better lol. i know that i need to exercise and all i got on a mile walk through my neighborhood just about every night and i have some free weights that i lift a few times that i should probably increase usage on the hardest part for me is what i eat. all we have in my town is fast food, we literally have three McDonald's here and the town is kind of small. but i have been trying to watch what i eat. i eat a lot of eggs and subway lol
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I would use the weights lightly because building muscle will add weight instead of subtracting it. The walking is great for you. You may even consider walking farther or even try jogging part of the distance.
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Yeah but building muscle burns calories, hence burns fat. Just at resting having a larger muscle mass uses more calories.
Mostly what everyone else has been saying, exercise is crucial, start off slow but try and maintain 30 minutes of strenous exercise daily if you're trying to lose weight. Also eat smaller portions, about half of what your normal meal is. I've heard a good tip, for dinner eat something the size of your fist. You can snack often between meals, but make it a healthy snack. Fruits, nuts, drink water often. Also watch eating a lot of eggs. Though they are healthy, they have a fair amount of calories. Good luck on losing.

Also I know how you feel about fast food. We have 4 Mcdonald's (used to have 5) and a few BKs, Wendy's, Taco Bell, etc etc. and we are a fairly small town also.
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