Question: Weight Loss

Hi Lisa a while ago I started exercising and kept at it for quite some time but I did not see results. I eat reasonably healthy but I was not seeing any results and keep gaining. I am now 30 kg's overweight and not sure if there are any other underlining health issues that could have hindered progress or the occasional over eating and eating the wrong foods, or if maybe I was just in a hurry. What tests can I do like the thyroid test etc and which doctor is best to go to for help? Should I go to a GP or a physician?

Answer

Hi Andrea,

The type and intensity of exercise you’re doing will count, as will your calorie intake. A dietician will help you determine how many calories you are currently taking in, how many you are burning, and how many you need to be expending to create a calorie deficit.

When it comes to exercise, the minimum requirement is no less than 60 minutes of cardio a week, preferably with intervals of high intensity (ie. sprints). Strength training is crucial for weight loss, and a minimum of 2-3 sessions of 30 minutes a week is required. Each workout should have 5-7 different exercises, where you perform 3 sets of 10-15 reps for each exercise. Your weights should be heavy enough that you struggle to perform the last few reps of your last set. If you need supervision and don’t have a budget for a gym contract, invest in a fitness DVD, where the trainers will run you throuhg well-structured and effective classes.

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