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I'm 26 years old, 6'2, 340 lbs. I need to get a day job to help support sick family members. I currently work in a call centre. I'm strong and tough, I carry my weight well.

Can I get in shape fast enough to do hard labor during the day part time, or have I already ruined my joints? I'm currently on a greens and protein powder diet.

I'm not asking to get out of this, I just don't want to get sick, or kill myself, and become a burden myself.

Thanks.

Answer
Hi Roger,
You would first need to have a complete medical exam so the doctor can give you an idea of your joint conditions and then I would suggest working with a certified personal trainer that can work with your doctor to make sure you lose the weight in a sufficient amount of time.  Also with a proper diet you can lose a lot of weight to help as well.  I suggest joining sharecare.com and the program can give you an idea of a safe range of calories that can help you lose weight without eating to little calories. Foods that are low in calories but high in nutrients are the best such as green, leafy vegetable, lean protein, and some fruits.
Good luck!

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Many men and women struggle with losing weight and I know how that feels personally. Now I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and I've spent many years researching the best way for people to get healthy, lose weight and maintain it. I hold a BS in Sports Management and Iím currently working on my MS in Health and Physical Education. I'm happy to answer questions you might have about obesity, losing weight or living healthy.

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Having struggled with weight all my life as well as many health problems such as Lupus and Crohnís disease Iíve researched all my adult life on how to lose weight and keep it off and how to stay healthy when you are sick. I have my own personal training company, KrisCross Training, and Iíve been helping men, women and children get healthy and stay healthy for years. Check out my website, www.kriscrosstraining.com, or my blog http://kriscrosstraining.wordpress.com/.

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