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31 Mar 2006

overwight but firm
hi doc,
pls i need to know the right exercises to do in order to lose weight. i'm a little overweight, but i'm so firm all over (and i hear it's hard to lose weight when your body isn't flabby).i've actually noticed it because i've been exercising for some time now, cut down on my diet while eating healthy, but i still don't lose any weight.sometimes it gets frustrating that i just many of my friends who had flabby bodies lost so much weight without even doing up to half of what i do. pls advise. thank u very much.
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Maxy

It would help to know just how much you consider yourself to be overweight - the person on the forum is correct, in that some people have high muscle masses, and they tend to be regarded as overweight (at least in terms of BMI) when they are not. So the key is to know your BMI now - if you are well above 25, which is usually the cutoff for being considered as overweight, then you probably do have room to decrease your weight. If however, you are only at about 26, then it may be that you have some fat to lose, but that most of your mass is muscle.

So first work out your BMI - take your weight in kilograms, divided by your height in meters squared. If this value is above 26 or nearer 30, then you must really consider exercise to lose some weight. If not, however, then you may be able to find out how much body fat you have, and then you'll know whether you can still lose weight.

As for how to go about that, cardio exercises, like running, walking, aerobics, taebo, swimming etc are the way to go. But have a look at your BMI first and just make sure that weight loss is a realistic goal.

Good luck
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