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20 Aug 2007

fustrations galore
I started going to gym beginning of Aug due to weight gain,this has never happenned to me before.i was advised to go the cardio route and avoid the circuit till i get the desired result (weight loss) but i have discovered that instead of loosing wieght i'm gaining i'm 30 mins on the treadmill,30 mins cycling and 5 mins rowing.I'm not sure what it is that im nit doing right.I'm 27 years old (used to weigh 59 now i weigh a whooping 66) and finding it more difficult to shed off weight .i eat atleast twice a day and i must admit i'm not a breakfast fan i basically eat lunch+supper)and all my meals are nutritious.this is really demotivating as i thought gym was going to be the solution to my problem.could it be that i'm rushing for results way too soon,if so then why am i gaining more weight???I need you advice please.
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DietDoc
DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Phly One
Using cardio exercises (treadmill, cycling and rowing) is an excellent way of burning energy and losing fat. I agree that you should not be doing the circuit until you have lost weight. It is perfectly possible that your weight has increased because you are increasing your lean muscle mass and lean muscle tissue weighs more than fat tissue (rather ironically). I hope you are keeping track of your vital statistics (waist, hip, thigh measurements, etc) because you should be losing cm which indicates fat loss. Another possibility is that your food intake exceeds your requirement and that this is why you are not losing. Skipping meals, esp breakfast causes overeating at subsequent meals. Click on 'Diet' at the top of this page, 'Weight loss', ‘Balanced diet' and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of a low-fat, high-fibre diet, compare with what you are eating and make the necessary changes.
Best regards
DietDoc
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