Our expert says:
I agree that it is stunning that your dear Dad has started going to gym at his age of 82 years. It is also praiseworthy that he has lost those 5,5 kg. However his present BMI is still very high at 34.6, which is still within the obese range. To get back to at least the overweight range (BMI between 25 and 30) with a BMI of 30, your Dad would have to weigh 100 kg, thus a loss of another 16 kg. Before he loses more weight he won't be able to reduce his body fat percentage appreciably. Now, while exercise is excellent for overall health and does promote and support weightloss, on its own exercise cannot make one lose very large amounts of weight. To do this one needs to combine a low-fat, high-fibre diet with the exercise. See if your Dad can reduce his energy intake by eating an energy-reduced, low-fat, high-fibre diet (click on 'DietnFood' at the top of this page, 'Weight loss', ‘Balanced diet’ and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet). If you find that it is difficult for him to apply a slimming diet then it may be a good idea to consult a registered dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area). The dietitian will work out an individual diet prescription for your Dad which takes his individual characteristics into account (present weight, target weight, age, level of physical activity, food preferences, etc) and also explain how he can achieve his goals.
I hope that your dear Dad will be able to continue doing his exercises and progress with his weightloss. Take things one step and one 1 kg at a time. Rome was not built in a day!
Best regards to you and your Dad
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