Originally Posted by TeamSelig
I've been dieting since early October, just recently began exercising/working out on a regular basis... so far so good. I weighed 195 when I first started, and today I'm at 175.
I was actually at 205 lbs this past May, so I've came along way.
Initially, 175 was my goal but now that I'm there, I'm looking to get down to 160 and then add some muscle weight back up to 175.
Anyway, I had a few questions. I'm looking to join the Air Force, which has weight restrictions (175 for my height)... I need to clear that at least by ten pounds. Basically, I'm still needing to lose a little.
Since I've just recently started to do a heavy work out, should I think about drinking protein shakes? At this point, I really don't want to gain any weight, but I would like to burn away the fat. Is this a good idea or not?
Also, my buddy is finally starting to get into a health kick. Probably weighs about 250 (at about 5'11/6'0")... needs to drop significant weight. He's already thinking about buying protein shakes for his workouts. I told him he would probably want to avoid it since he is wanting to drop a bunch of weight. Someone else told him that it would turn the fat into muscle, but I'm not real sure about it.
What do you guys think? Any nutritionists on this board?
First CONGRATS on losing the weight!!!!! What you are doing is an extremely difficult thing to accomplish. At 5'7" and 175lbs, you're just a tick above a normal, healthy weight range (BMI=27 and the ideal is under 25).
If I were you, I'd start strength/aerobic training while maintaining a roughly similar caloric intact. The protein shakes are a good idea to support the muscle growth. Then play it by ear concerning the calories. You're probably getting really good at listening to your body by now.
In that scenario, you shouldn't gain a ton of weight but your body composition should begin to dramatically change (your remaining fat should get burned and the energy used to support the muscle hypertrophy while your protein intake gives your muscle the necessary amino acids to help muscle grow). Take lots of vitamin supplements. You might want to try a powder like a Propel too. Its calorie-free, loaded with vitamins including the Bs (for energy), has caffeine (energy and increase metabolism to help burn fat) and is simply added to water so it encourages you to drink ample H20 (which is a healthy thing).
I would think the strength training would serve you well going into the Navy...
Anyway, best of luck. I'm sure you're an inspiration for a lot of folks.