losing weight

AirsoftRanger

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My Dad was 6 foot, 120#, in the depression. When he graduated from USMC Camp Pendleton in '42 he was 160. he gained a ton of weight at marine corps boot camp. several of his buddies improved their eyesight and no longer needed glasses....
Do Cadets maintain their weight in Beast, or are they on limited portions? DS is 6% bodyfat.... we have him on The Shovel Method trying to put weight on him so that he doesn't come out looking like a concentration camp survivor... just in case ...
 

rwjohnson416

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A lot of people I talked to said they lost at most 5 lbs over CBT while some actually gained weight.
 
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Wouldn't worry about that. There's plenty of food during BCT, the only issue is that you only get to eat at 3 points during the day and most people are used to eating food throughout the entire day. If your son is a runner there's a good chance he will gain weight, there isn't much running during beast.
 

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I know each SA is a little different, but during Plebe Summer at USNA, my DS lost about 5 pounds. He was already pretty slender and well muscled -- he came out after PS even more slender and nothing but muscle. But he said he never felt better, and he has maintained the muscle throughout plebe year (while adding back a couple of pounds). Hence, no problems Tuesday with the rigors of Sea Trials. DS said that USNA fed them plenty of high-carb, high-protein food during PS, and I'd imagine that USMA does, as well. Also, we sent DS care packages with protein bars and other healthy snacks, and I'm guessing you'll be able to do the same.
 

AirsoftRanger

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I know each SA is a little different, but during Plebe Summer at USNA, my DS lost about 5 pounds. He was already pretty slender and well muscled -- he came out after PS even more slender and nothing but muscle. But he said he never felt better, and he has maintained the muscle throughout plebe year (while adding back a couple of pounds). Hence, no problems Tuesday with the rigors of Sea Trials. DS said that USNA fed them plenty of high-carb, high-protein food during PS, and I'd imagine that USMA does, as well. Also, we sent DS care packages with protein bars and other healthy snacks, and I'm guessing you'll be able to do the same.
thx very reassuring
 

Love4monsters

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My son lost 10 lbs when he was in Thailand for 2 weeks. I would like him to gain it back but all the training isn't helping. He looks good and is at a healthy weight but the lowest he has been in years.

Hoping he doesn't waste away. :bounce1:
 

Jcc123

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Beast Barracks bears more resemblance to Boy Scout Summer Camp than it does to Camp Pendleton in 1942. Don't handicap him by piling on excess weight for no reason. Lean and fit is his best bet.
 

bookreader

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If the army decides that he needs to weigh more, then they will help him gain weight. You don't need to worry about it.
Some cadets gain weight during beast and some loose weight.

The depression was a unique time in our history and it was very common for the new soldiers to gain weight when they joined because most were underweight and for the first time, they were eating extra food/calories.
 

Fishpart

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Plenty available to eat, depending on the type of exercise you do you could gain or lose weight don't worry, The Corps Has advanced from the days where plebes were eating toothpaste because they were hungry. My DS gained a few pounds of muscle, most likely a result of toting an M16 for 7 weeks straight.
 
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