how to lose 12 pounds in 5 days?

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  1. bassproguy07 macrumors 6502a

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    I have to lose 12 pounds in just 5 days, so I will be at the weight for Marine Bootcamp. If anyone has any advice on how to do this, besides doing a lot of cardio. I know I should stop eating but I dont want to starve myself.
     
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  3. Aea macrumors 6502a

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    Not going to happen. I mean, the only thing I could possible see working is:

    1) Surgery
    2) Ejecting All the Contents of Your Colon (maybe a few pounds at most for the average individual).

    Something tells me you didn't think this through?
     
  4. brop52 macrumors 68000

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    You would have to use a laxative but again you don't want to be dehydrated before boot camp. Why didn't you start exercising weeks ago?

    Aea. What are you saying surgery to lose 12 lbs in 5 days? I guess you could remove an arm or something and that's a pretty instant weight loss. Still not 12 lbs though. Maybe if you lop off your left arm and then half of your right it will get you there?
     
  5. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    Yeah, the previous two posters are right; it's impossible.

    12 pounds of body fat is equal to 42,000 calories (3,500 calories per pound). In order to lose that amount in 5 days, you'd have to expend 8,400 calories per day over the amount you intake.

    Sorry. :(
     
  6. brop52 macrumors 68000

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    In five days it wouldn't be loss of fat it would be loss of water, which is a large part of what early weight loss actually is. There is no safe way to do this but diuretics would also reduce body water.
     
  7. bassproguy07 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    its not to go to boot camp its to be weighed in so I can ship out. I didnt know I had to lose it, I already went to MEPS and made weight once so I thought I was fine. I think most of my weight on the scale is water anyways, i drink a lot of water throughout the day and I know it weighs a lot. I dont really eat much, maybe 1 or 2 pieces of fish or a little weight watchers frozen meal. I do cardio for about 15 minutes then go to my upper body workout, then back to cardio then the sauna. Last time i had to make weight i lost five pounds in the course of two hours so I think it is possible. I am going to talk to my trainer tomorrow and se what my options are
     
  8. drichards macrumors 6502a

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    Water only weighs three and three quarter kilos per gallon. And you need to lose five kilos. You could have a high colonic or do a power cleanse, but either of those will only net you about three kilos, since you're on a diet of fish and awful processed soyfoods. You could donate blood or plasma, that's... another kilo. So you're left with a mystery kilo to lose, or two if you don't donate. A fit man shouldn't have a problem getting off a kilo, though five without help, or alot of excess bodyfat to lose, is nearly a deathwish. Stay away from carbs and for your future health get off the terrible processed weightloss-brand foods. Stick with sensible proteins, fresh greens, and cut out the fats and oils, tho I suspect you already have. No sports drinks when you're not doing workout, you don't need the sugar.
     
  9. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Drinking a lot of water throughout the day is not your issue unless you have water retention issues most commonly found in women. What you need to do is get on a diet free of sugars and bad carbs, drink only water, and stop that excessive alcohol intake you seem to talk about often and always around here.

    Stop drinking for 5 days and you'll be surprised how that "water weight" drops off.

    15 minutes of cardio is not going to cut it btw. You're in for a shock at camp. I would focus more on cardio the next 5 days and less on weight training or at least do a nice long circuit.
     
  10. bassproguy07 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yah I know 15 mins of cardio is not enough but its all I can stand on the DIFFICULT level of the bike, or the speed i set the treadmill. I have stopped the drinking(alcohol), and it is only a weekend thing but I will not drink at all this weekend. I am overweight, not really fit in my lower areas (stomach, thighs) but my upper body seams lean enough. im not going to stress about the weight though because if I cant run a mile and a half in 13.30 or do 2 pullups i aint going to bootcamp anyways. I dont have to leave on the 9 but would like to. thanks for the advice guys, looks like I will have to try my best and see what I can lose
     
  11. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    If you really do have a trainer, as you've mentioned, then your trainer should be fired.

    Cardio is not about setting the bike or the treadmill to some insane level of resistance so that you work harder. Cardio is about finding the heart rate to which you can steadily burn calories without building too much muscle mass in a short period of time. Using a bike and a treadmill will build muscle, but it should be in moderation. You need to know your resting heart rate and then find the best heart rate for a boy of your condition. Also, the more cardio the more you need to eat because your body will start to burn calories faster. You increase your metabolism over time when you take on a consistent workout schedule. Not by much, but you do.

    Overall, 15 minutes of cardio is not enough and practically ineffective when you're really just pushing yourself. Your heart isn't working properly then. Your workout seems inconsistent and your diet is way off. Fire your trainer, get on the bike and choose one of those programs such as ... oh yeah the cardio trainer one ... and gradually increase and decrease the resistance (the program will do that) so that it allows your heart to work the way it was intended to work. Ensure you're drinking that water and don't ignore the cool-down period because you don't want to just stop after your heart rate has been up for a long period of time as it shocks the heart. Also, try not to drink cold water as it also shocks the heart.
     
  12. UWSpindoctor macrumors regular

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    Old tool of the trade (from my wrestling days) was to sleep in sweats. Really a way of losing water at the last moment so you can make weight.
     
  13. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    You could do it if you remove a limb. That would seriously be the safest way.
     
  14. Music_Producer macrumors 68000

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    My wife lost 8 pounds in a week.. so you could try - 12 pounds is overkill.. but it *can* be done. (I don't recommend it unless you're a bodybuilder who has experience with diuretics, sodium intake manipulation, carb loading, water, etc)

    The best way to do this is :

    Cardio - first thing on an empty stomach.. and in the night if possible.

    Low carb diet - will make you feel like crap for the first 2 days - eat only protein and 'good fats' (flaxseed oil, natural peanut butter - a little though, because it does have carbs, fish oil, olive oil, etc)

    Best way I make my low carb meals is cook chicken breast in olive oil.. with sour cream, garlic, salt, paprika, or whatever you like.. mm.. juicy and no carbs.

    Edit - Low carb diet - remember - NO CARBS FROM:

    Bread, rice, snacks, junk food (obviously no junk food or sodas) - No fruit juice! The bottled/can juice comes with a crapload of sugar. Download 'calorieking' software for the mac - it's great to keep a record of what you are eating.

    The only carbs you are allowed is from green veggies - broccoli, green beans - those are low glycemic.

    You can have veggies like broccoli.. you need fiber on this diet. I'll have a teaspoon of flax oil with every meal - divide your meals up!! Don't have 2 big meals in a day - you will never lose weight. Try eating every 3 hours - small portions though since your goal is to lose weight fast.

    No dairy products - no milk, no butter, no cheese, etc. This is basically the ketogenic diet - but you have to tweak it for your fast weight loss by reducing total calories - and upping your cardio (do low intensity - no need to go overboard on the cardio)
     
  15. Music_Producer macrumors 68000

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    Lol, you will never lose weight if you eat that! :eek: If you drastically reduce calories by not eating at all (like you are doing) your metabolism is going to slow down to accommodate - and you will feel lethargic (or almost dead!) You have to rev up your metabolism by eating small meals every 2-3 hours
     
  16. Aea macrumors 6502a

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    Doubling Time has a much greater effect then doubling difficulty when it comes to burning calories. Your best bet would be to exercise twice as long but at a lesser intensity.
     
  17. keekl macrumors regular

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    As a former Marine may I suggest you talk with your Navy recruiter...it may be a better fit...
     
  18. takao macrumors 68040

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    hey i ate twice(sometimes three times) a day and lost 20 pounds in 3,5 months prior to christmas (with regular biking + 1-2 lenghty walks per week + once a week 1-1,5 hours basketball/soccer etc.)

    back on topic:
    through when training hard in short amount of time i would eat smaller portions but more often
    on cardio: i would try moving the intensity up and down ... longer period of lower intensity and short spurts of high intensity in between ... don't underestimate how often you have to sprint in bootcamp
    also: rather choose the lower gear and pedal at a faster speed than reverse
    (on duration: during summer i did 1-1.5 hours daily on my bike .. since you are in for short term i would easily double that on 2-3 hours at the bare minimum)

    that said i would say 12 pounds in 5 days is totally unrealistic while staying healthy
     
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    Running at a moderate rate burns calories faster than cycling at a moderate rate. ;)

    And as Aea said, you're better off cycling for a longer period of time, but at a lower difficulty level. If going to a slightly higher difficulty level means you can only cycle for half as long, it's not worth it.
     
  20. bassproguy07 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I can cycle forever.....i just chose not to, get bored with it so I move on.....I am leaving on my actual ship date instead of leaving early, just don't feel like killing myself over a stupid date. There for one, is no such thing as a former Marine, and if you are a marine you would know this. I, like most other Marine recruits Don not give a rats ass about any other branch of the military, they are all stupid to me. My father is a Marine, I will be a Marine, nothing else. I am not that much over weight, I just need 12 pounds to be good. I Eat plenty of good food, just at the wrong times I think. I did a full hour of cardio today at the gym, and another 45 minutes of walking this evening with my mother. I am going to talk to my Personal Trainer tomorrow, not my Recruiter, who i train with but my trainer who advises me on what workouts to do. thanks for all your input!
     
  21. djellison macrumors 68020

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    Any organisation that uses some weight benchmark for acceptance is all of the following

    1) Stupid
    2) Unscientific
    3) Dangerous

    They should be benchmarking your speed, stamina, abilities, and, dare I say it, intelligence.
     
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    I think you should do much more sport if you want to become a marine... 15min biking is like a big joke. The dudes who are advising 1-2 hours a day are right. Every athlet do this...
     
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    I wouldn't think about joining the Marines without being cut up, being able to run far and fast, and being in peak physical condition. Seriously, delay your entrance if you can. Working out one hour per day is not enough.
     
  25. mgguy macrumors 6502

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    Just hand the weight taker a $100 bill and tell him what weight you want to be.
     

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