Were you allowed to start training with a lower BMI but that you have to gain weight before passing out? I ask cos this may be a concern for me but not sure how strict the doctors are and if common sense comes into it at all?
I hope that Danny will correct me if I'm wrong but, in his case, he was having trouble passing the medical which is part of the application process because he was really very light for his height and needed to increase his body mass somehow in order to pass and get the go-ahead to start Basic.
The good news is that he starts Basic at HMS Raleigh in September.
Ah ok, just hope it doesn't affect me too much. I'm on protein shakes atm and they're having no effect. The worrying thing is that I haven't properly started on my cardio yet which means there may be more weight to lose. Will just have to see what the doc says then I guess. Maybe I can bluff him and take some heavy keys in my pockets or something :?
The ultimate arbiter will be the Dr who does your medical. If he/she considers a candidate to be underweight, he/she will ask him/her to put a little weight on and then come back to be re-weighed.
My personal (non-medically qualified) opinion is that 8 stone is a little light, 8 stone 2lbs is better; if you could make around 8 and a half, better still. I should try to work towards that goal. By the time your medical comes around, you should be fine.
You could add baked potatoes, wholemeal sandwiches (cheese? peanut butter?), rice puddings, milk shakes to your daily diet. If you have three good, nourishing meals and three healthy snacks, you must surely put on a little weight.
There will be good advice from other posters later, too.