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04 Jan 2005

Expanding waist!
Dear Fitness Doc, perhaps you could help with a little problem that I am experiencing. I recently started on a gym routine that has me going 5 times a week. My routine looks something like this:
DAY 1: 20 min bicycle, 8 min rower, 1hr leg work, 20min stomach
DAY 2: 45 min walk/run
DAY 3: 10 min treadmill, 10 min X-trainer, 1hr weights, 20min tummy
DAY 4: 70 lengths in the gym pool
DAY 5: 45 min walk/run

I also go for a walk in the evenings after dinner.

I weight fluctuates between 55 and 56kgs. I am 22yrs old and my BMI is 18. I am in pretty good shape but my problem lies in the love handles that are developing. I am not sure why this is and how I can change this, please help. I also eat really well - little or no fats, lots of fish, chicken and salads.

Many thanks
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01 Jan 0001


that is hard to say, it's often a subjective opinion that when you look in the mirror, there is something there that creates the appearance of the waist expanding, but it's not really. I speak from experience, and it's not imagination, but for some reason, it appears that this is happening. I think that perhaps what you need to do is actually measure this, using a tape measure (better yet, get someone to do it for you, and just once a week see what is happening) This gives you an objective idea, rather than trusting subjective. The reason i am taking this line, is that there is no reason for this to happen according to your programme. The programme seems great, and unless (and this is VERY important) you have begun to eat a lot more since you started, there is no way that you would put on weight while doing this. The eating thing is very common though, it may sound basic and obvious, but it happens a lot! the body suddenly needs more energy, and you just start increasing the service size, even by amounts as small as 10%, and you are not going to see results.

So, my advice is to keep training, and take some objective measurements. Also, with regards to your training, i would suggest that you take those 1 hour weight sessions down to about 30 to 40 minutes, and replace these 20 minutes with more cardio training - for weight loss, you are much better off doing another 20 minutes of cycling, walking, taebo, whatever you enjoy.

Good luck
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