increasing appetite? weight gain?

I've recently started preparing for basic training, I am following the workouts from "The Ultimate Basic Training Guidebook" (by Sgt. Michal Volkin). I've never really had a reason to spend time working out before thinking of becoming a soldier.

Anyways I am roughly 6ft 2in, 158lbs. I've always had a problem gaining weight. I eat when I am hungry which is usually only one large meal a day around noon.

When I'm not hungry I have a rough time forcing myself to eat anything (nothing looks good, no appetite). Ive tried eating like 5-6 smaller meals a day but it only lasts like week because I can't cook and its such a "chore" planning meals every 3 hours when I don't even want to eat.

Any tips? Should I even be worried about this right now?
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No worries on needing to gain weight! Most of the food prepared in a dining facility is loaded with carbs and you may gain weight there.
If you need to gain weight, eat alot of carbs and protein, so it won't all be fat.
Check out AR 600-9, Weight Control Program, to see if you fall within the screening weight or are under it. Think you are!

Good luck in basic! Remember, its just a game that everyone plays in! Big Grin
Originally posted by bgcook:
My apologies for the language Sergeant.

I appreciate the feedback, I've just started this workout program and I feel stronger already. I guess the weight will just come with time...

Or not. ?!
I was 5'9" and 120lbs, coming in at 25yrs old in 2000. My "MINIMUM" is 128lbs.
I put on about 5-10lbs during basic. (Plenty of muscle work. Wink )

I'm usually around 135lbs now, I should hit the weights but I'm lazy. If I get sick I lose 5lbs easy, and it takes forever to get back up.

Sometimes it's just genetics- my grandpa is the same way, while my parents struggle with Overweight.

Don't stress about it- eat healthy, work some weights. You'll be fine.

(Oh and DON'T eat all kinds of krap food just because you don't have to worry about weight. The cholesterol and salt can still make you susceptible to heart/ blood problems later in life.)

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