I didn’t know where to post this so I put it here.
So I have a little bit of a problem. By army standard I’m almost fat. We have a height and weight chart and if you weigh more then you should for your height you have to get taped, meaning they measure your neck and then measure your waist and somehow they come out with your body fat percent. Its complete bull shit. My problem is that right now I’m eating between 4000-5000 calories a day, so of course I’m going to gain weight, some fat but if I keep lifting hard and busting my ass then hopefully most of it will be muscle. I keep a food log and stay away from the fatty foods that aren’t good for you, so 99% of my diet is clean. I’m only 5’6 and right now I weigh 165-170lbs, depending on when I get weighed. When I get taped I’m told that I’m at 0% whichs means I’m right at the maximum weight I can be, I’m not under weight or over, so I can’t gain anymore weight. If I do gain weight and fail tape I get put on fat boy pt, which sucks because during that we can only do cardio and are not allowed to lift weights or we get the shit smoked out of us. There are really no acceptations to army regulations, specially if your one of the lowest ranks in the army. I know later on when I start to pack the muscle on it won’t be hard to pass tape, but until then is there anything I can do? I need to eat to gain, but at the same time I don’t want to get labeled as a “fat boy”.
Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. We do have guys here who are massive, like they could win some competitions if they really wanted to and they pass tape, but it will be awhile before I’m considered really muscular before I’m called a little chubby. Right now I would say i’m somewhere between the 12 and 16% bf. The army’s way of measuring bf is really messed up, they tried to tell one guy he was under weight and needed to gain more weight because he was -15% bf.