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16 Mar 2007

Exercising but not losing weight
My wife is 30 years old, 63 kg, and are struggling to lose weight. She does aerobics classes / cardio exercises daily, but it does not seem to work for her. I must admit that she is also not eating much, so it's all getting a little depressing for her. Could you please help?
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Caring Husband
Exercise on its own will not cause pronounced weight loss, but when combined with a balanced, low-fat diet then it should work. You mention that your wife is eating every little and ironically this could be the problem that she is not losing weight. If one eats so little that the body perceives it is 'starving' then it switches off its weight loss systems. She can try eating an energy-reduced, low-fat, high-fibre diet (click on 'Diet' at the top of this page, 'Weight loss', ‘Balanced diet' and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet) so that she has a low fat intake, but eats sufficient to provide fuel for her exercise programme. She is using the correct type of exercise as aerobics and cardio exercises burn more energy than working with weights.
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DietDoc
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