underweight at basic training
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I recently got an email from someone who would like to remain anonymous. Here was her question:
Hi my name is [Name Withheld] and I’m in the process of trying to join the Air National Guard. I bought the Ultimate Air Force basic training guide on my kindle and I’m in the process of reading it now. I’m finding it extremely helpful. I have been to MEPs and passed my ASVAB but I have been denied 3 times to join because of my weight. I’m underweight. I have a very high metabolism and 2 physically demanding jobs with little time to eat. I only need to gain about 5 more pounds but I’m finding it really hard. Also my recruiter told me to completely stop exercising until I gain the weight because I lose weight really easily. I already know I’m not prepared for the PT part of basic training and that is kind of frightening. Do you have any suggestions about how I can gain weight and still prepare for the PT?
My response to her was as follows:
Thanks for writing. NEVER stop working out, whoever told you that you should stop working out needs to have their head examined. Second, your excuse for not eating because you are busy at work is unacceptable. There is ALWAYS time to eat. I suggest ingesting as much protein and carbs as you can. Stay away from sugar and junk food. Eat a high meat diet. Also, prepare a shake before you go to bed. There are a lot of high protein shakes you can eat that will help you put on healthy weight. Google “mass gainer shakes” and you should find some repuatable brands and good quality products. Muscle actually weighs 3X more than fat, so you want to to go to the gym, hit the weights (you can still do cardio, but no more than 20 min a day, 5 is optimal). You want to gain muscle, not fat. Do the above and you should be fine.