6 weeks to lose weight

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    Feb 29, 2012 10:55 PM GMT
    So I'm pretty sure I'm being accepted into the police department, just waiting for final approval. The academy starts in 6 weeks and 5 days. I am wondering how advisable/possible it is try and lose 10-15 pounds in that time. I have a sauna suit, should I primarily use that on a treadmill or at the park trail? Advice? Suggestions?
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    Feb 29, 2012 11:46 PM GMT
    First of all, congrats. I would say that unless you need to make a specific weight you're probably better off concentrating on your overall conditioning esp. on running. I have a good friend who is a rookie and based on his descriptions they'll whip you into the shape they want- I went through USMC boot camp myself but that was a long time ago.

    I'd avoid the sauna suit if I were you. The only thing they do is make you sweat more so the only weight you're losing is water. It's very easy to get dangerously dehydrated that way.

    Good luck!
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    Feb 29, 2012 11:55 PM GMT
    Trust me, RUN. You need to build up your endurance so start running now, and do calisthenics, particularly core work. They are going to bust your ass On the track and then make your life miserable in the mat room. The more work you put in now the better you will handle it. They will try to make you quit on the first day, fight through it and stick it out, they don't want pussies who quit.

    You will thank me if you follow my advice. Stick it out and bust your ass and try to finish #1 in your class. It's a great job, you will love it.

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    Mar 01, 2012 2:27 AM GMT
    Check out the "flat belly diet for men" book written by the publishers of Prevention magazine. Part of having the energy to work out and losing weight is eating right

    Second, if you hit the treadmill, remember that incline will burn flab faster than just speed. Speed on a flat incline isn't a useful goal for a lot of guys.

    If this is really important to you, find a gym with the Precor Adaptive Motion Trainers. Provided you set the power level in the double digits, you will have a hard time finding a better cardio workout, better than the ellipticals and treadmills.

    I think building up your endurance is going to be key here unless they are going to weigh you again on the first day. Don't worry about weight as much. You will need energy to get results.

  • Montague

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    Mar 01, 2012 3:06 AM GMT
    I've heard from most Major police stations recruiters and they say the Academy is a joke, and that real training doesn't start until you try and make it into a specialized unit or so.

    Edit: Figured I should add on to this and make it somewhat helpful hah, HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING!! Might as well get used to it, I'm sure they'll be doing some form of it the Academy and it's a great way to lose weight!
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    Mar 01, 2012 3:20 AM GMT
    You need changes to your diet to lose weight. Google Anabolic Diet (it's not steroids, just a diet plan based on carb cycling). As with any specific diet the weight will come back once you switch over to your regular eating habits, but it's a rapid weight loss plan as a temporary solution. Be warned it is a rather difficult diet to follow.
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    Mar 01, 2012 3:34 AM GMT
    Thank you everyone for the advice. Best advice I've gotten on the site in a while. It is correct the acceptance fitness test really wasn't much at all but I know the academy is much harder. Thanks for the words on the sauna suit, I really don't even know why I got it, seemed like a good idea at the time. In addition to diet work (the hardest part for me) I'm going to try for both treadmill/elliptical work and running on an outdoor rough track.

    Please keep the ideas coming I could use all the kind words and advise I can get. Thanks again guys
  • LJay

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    Mar 01, 2012 5:51 AM GMT
    Get hold of the Zone Diet and stick to it religiously while exercising. It is good for cutting junk out of your diet and increasing your energy. You can calculate your goal and it works.