Stay Fit Or Get The Boot!

PTIf you have a weight control problem and cannot meet the military physical requirements you can assume that you’ll have a short-lived carrier reports the Washington Post.

The coming austerity and drawdowns translate to a shrinking force and the U.S. Armed Forces are taking physical fitness seriously. The Post reports that between 1998 and 2010, the number of active duty personnel considered overweight or obese has more than tripled. It’s an alarming statistic but seems to be tracking changes in the general population.

According to the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, in 2010, 86,186 service members were identified as overweight or obese. This translates to approximately 5.3% of the force. The alarming trend has prompted the U.S. Army to revisit its training programs but there are no second chances here, and commanders have been directed to weed out soldiers who are “unfit to fight.” In this year alone, 1,625 soldiers were discharged for being out of shape.

The writing is on the wall, so take heed if you want a military career. Keep in mind that weight management is an accounting problem. The more food you consume, the more calories you intake. Sitting on post watching a flick or posting on FaceBook won’t hack it, or you may find yourself doing it from home as a civilian.

Our message to you is as follows:

  1. If you can’t see at least 30% of your plate area you’re eating too much.
  2. Eat 3 squares a day, but limit deserts to once or twice per week. You don’t need all that sugar.
  3. Leave the beer and soda cans in the frig.
  4. Bike, walk, swim or run at least three times a week.
  5. Sleep 8 hours a day.
  6. Exercise. You don’t need to bench press 300 lbs. Adopt a PT regimen that forces you to use your own body weight as resistance.
  7. Internalize and discipline yourself to have this lifestyle.
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