Football’s Big Men: Fit or Fat

Football players are known to be big. They usually weigh over 300 pounds. Some of them even exceed 400 pounds! Most of these men are muscular and have a lean body mass index (BMI). However, there are some football players with a high BMI. These individuals may not look like they need to eat a lot to maintain their weight but they still consume too much calories. Football players with a high BMI are called “obese” and they need to lose weight before playing professional sports.

The average adult male in the United States weighs between 20% and 25% less than his ideal body weight. A man needs to weigh at least 165 pounds in order to achieve a healthy BMI of 18.5 or under.

If your BMI is higher than 18.5, it means that you’re overweight and if your BMI is lower than 18.5, it means that you’re obese. Obesity is defined as having a BMI greater than 30. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity increases your risk of developing many health problems including heart disease, diabetes, certain types of cancer and osteoarthritis.

If you want to play football professionally then you must be able to run fast enough and jump high enough to make plays on the ball carrier while avoiding tacklers. You must also be agile enough to evade opponents and have quick reflexes.

You will achieve these abilities if you play sports and are physically active on a daily basis. If your BMI is over 30 then you need to lose weight before you try out for a football team.

The only way to lose weight is by burning more calories than you consume. For every 3500 calories that you burn, you will lose 1 pound of fat.

To achieve this, you must do two things: eat a strict diet and exercise regularly.

Eating a strict diet means eating small meals but more times a day. This will keep your metabolism elevated throughout the day.

Your goal is to eat 500 fewer calories than your body burns each day. To achieve this, avoid foods that are high in sugar, fat and cholesterol. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are healthy foods that you should include in your diet.

Exercising regularly means doing cardiovascular exercises for at least 30 minutes a day most days of the week. Do not exercise on days that you play your sport because your body needs to rest and repair itself.

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Common cardiovascular exercises include running, biking, swimming and jumping rope. Try to increase the intensity of your workouts to improve your endurance. High intensity exercises include jumping jacks, burpees and mountain climbers. You should also strength train by doing basic exercises such as pushups and pull-ups. In addition to cardiovascular and strength training, you should also stretch before and after your workouts to prevent injury.

If you’re an obese football player, then you must lose weight before working out because otherwise you will get injured. Once you lose the excess weight, you can start working out properly and achieve your dream of playing professional football.

This advice may seem generic but that’s because it is. It applies to everyone who wants to achieve a physique like an athlete.

However, this does not mean that you cannot be creative. Every athlete is different and every sport requires different types of bodies. For example, a gymnast must have a lean body with lots of flexibility and an Olympic swimmer must have a strong body that can withstand the strenuous effort of swimming. Use this advice as a guideline to achieving your own goals.

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