I am an Army reserve Split - op. I just got back from BCT about 2 weeks ago to finish my last year of high school. I weighed myself today, and I've gained alot of weight. I was just wondering if this is normal. I still wear the same size clothes, but I've gained like, 20 pounds. But I'm still the same size...I was just really worried about making the weight limit now, 'cuz I barely made it before. I went from 140 to 161.
Thanks. But in all honesty, I haven't done anything that should have caused me to gain that much weight. Of course, I do eat foods now that I couldn't then, but not that much. Not anything that would cause me to gain weight. Not that much at any rate. The thing is, I still fit in all my clothes I wore before I even left. So is it possible that I gained muscle? Doesn't muscle weigh more than fat? And I'm still running and working out...So...I dunno what's up. I can always do more...
I'm guessing you are 17 or 18 years old. Soldier, you are still growing. This the end of puberty for you and that is when males put on most of their muscle mass. You'll just have to be taped like the rest of us bigger guys.
In addition to increases in height, teens experience increases in weight. About 50% of adult ideal body weight is gained during puberty. Adolescent male weight gain primarily reflects an increase in lean body mass.
Posts: 79 | Location: Portsmouth, VA | Registered: 06 July 2006
As a female, I understand where you are coming from. When I was in BCT I gained about 20 pounds-but I was pretty solid. What can you do? Watch the little things to be honest. Every soda, every candy bar makes a dif. If not in weight in your PT performance. As long as you can pass your tape you should be ok, not sure how it works on split op. You can have your BMI done at your local YMCA if that helps. I do mine a little before every weigh in/pt test. When you eat "junk food", put a healthy side into indulging. Eat dark chocolate instead of milk or white, chips get the baked (and get a single serving so as not to be tempted to eat as much), if your an ice cream person stick to a basic flavor and watch the additives, or try fruit (fructose is a natural sugar). I had a buddy that lost weight replacing regular sugar for apple juice (fructose instead of glucose). I would go have a BMI done then you will know if its just extra weight due to diet or what not then you can go from there. Good Luck!
Posts: 2 | Location: WI | Registered: 19 August 2006
Originally posted by GI_jenn: I am an Army reserve Split - op. I just got back from BCT about 2 weeks ago to finish my last year of high school. I weighed myself today, and I've gained alot of weight. I was just wondering if this is normal. I still wear the same size clothes, but I've gained like, 20 pounds. But I'm still the same size...I was just really worried about making the weight limit now, 'cuz I barely made it before. I went from 140 to 161.
If you was one of the females at high school who barely participated in any sports....it probably is muscle! I know before I had went to basic, I walked to the bus stop or the car...didn't once think about running. As for the upper body workouts such as push-ups, I was struggling to make just one. Thankfully the US Army expects a bit more out of a Recruitee when arriving at Basic! After Basic I did notice that I had more definition on my legs and I could actually do push-ups with ease. I know that I must've gained some muscle because I could do what was expected of me physically!
Bottom line, if you wear the same clothes and have gained 20+ pounds...it's muscle. Don't let the weight bother you since it doesn't affect your clothes and your squeezing into them!
Posts: 522 | Location: FT Campbell | Registered: 18 December 2004
Thanks for all the feedback guys. And like CAT said, I was in the same boat. Exactly the same. I couldn't do anything when I got there. And as time went by, things started getting easier and easier. And I never played any sports or anything...so...I'll take his word for it. Cuz like I said, I'm still wearing the same clothes and everything so....I'll try not to worry about it.
I'm just going to back up what CAT said. I was the girl who would fail gym in high school because I hated it so much. I was 119 when I went to BCT and 130 when I left, but still wore the same size. Just keep up the PT and eating right and you will have no problem.