Posted by: AC | 2009-02-04

losing weight

Hi Doc, My daughter exercises daily. Yet is unable to shed weight. She is a student and they do go out from time to time where she eats at a restaurant. About once weekly. She is tall with slim legs and a small waiste. The weight is all in her buttucks and hips. Thus , she does not appear overweight , until you see her from behind. Although she is not grossely overweight in that area , she still needs to loose a few kilo' s. She would like to loose about 7 kilos. That is what she weighed before she had to go on the pill for a skin problem. Her skin has improved and she now stopped using the pill. But i dont know if the pill is the sole problem. Can you sugegst an eating plan for her? She is 22.

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Dear AC
You don't mention your daughter's present weight in kg and height in metres so that I can judge if she is actually overweight or not. From your description it sounds as if she has large hips and buttocks (a typical female fat distribution) while the rest of her body is already thin (you say she has slim legs and a small waist so this does not sound like someone who is actually overweight??). If she is overweight then 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), and increasing her energy output by doing regular exercise (running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming, join a gym or Walk for Life). In addition to doing cardio exercises for at least 30 min a day, she can also do exercises that target the hips and buttocks (ask Fitness Doc on this Website for targeted exercises).
Best regards

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