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28 Jul 2010

Exercise and weight
I''m a 26 year old woman, 1.72m tall and weigh 45kg. I ride a stationary bike approximately 4 times a week for about 15 minutes, walk a lot and quite fast and have started doing a cardio-flex class 1-2 times a week.

I mostly eat yogurt, fruit and vegetables and sometimes hi fibre bran for breakfast. In between I snack on dried fruit and sometimes eat a rusk. I eat about 10 jelly beans a day.

My weight have gone up from 43kg to 45kg in the last few months. My pants are a bit tighter (not a lot) and I''ve noticed my bum and thighs getting bigger.

I started riding the stationary bike in Sept 2009. Do you think my weight gain is due to fat or muscle?

Thank you
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Jane
Your present BMI = 15 which is dangerously low. I think I may have advised you before to seek assistance from a clinical dietitian because of your very low weight. The 2 kg you have gained are a blessing, but they could be due to water retention caused by nutrient deficiencies. Contact a dietitian soon before you ruin your health. Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area.
Take great care
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