He is 24. about 240 and 5'11. He went for his routine physical and the dr. told him he needed to drop about 35 pounds. Any ideas on a diet plan? The whole 1500 cal thing just didnt sound right to me though.
He works out (so he says). He used to help me with different exercises (back in the day) but he got this desk job about year or so ago and its just been down hill for him. I just feel bad, I want to help but i dont even know where to begin with him.
he should start by eating "clean", don't worry so much about calories, eat small clean meals, no fast food or junk food. he could start a beginner work-out routine like a full body 2-3 times per week, and a couple of cardio sessions.
I went on 1800 calories and lost 12 pounds in the first 2 weeks. Since then I have changed it to 2200 calories and still lose 1-2 pounds a week depending on if there are cheat days in there or not and how closely I stay on my workout schedule. Currently 208.
Yeah he could definitely do more than 1500... but exercise is important. With no exercise and 1500, he will just be hungry and grumpy all the time (and probably cheating)
1500 will bring your brother into a severely catabolic state.
Yea he will lose weight but he will sure as heck lose alot of muscle.
The composition of his diet is critical as well as many other things. Check out the links stickied here on cutting. Although there might not be an ideal diet for him there, the background info is extremely helpful. Basic things like his macronutrient ratio (protiens to carbs to fats) etc and timing of meals and the type of workouts are all factors.
And I would agree with the others here. Get another doctor. The one that gave him that advice is...begging for a lawsuit.