Our expert says:
I can indeed understand your predicament fully. Firstly people over the age of 40 may start gaining weight at the rate of about 1 kg per annum. So after 10 years, you would weigh 10 kg more than at 40 years! This inexorable increase in weight can be due to many factors such as a decrease in physical activity, eating the same number of kJ per day as when you were young, a decrease in hormonal activity (thyroid, insulin, etc), depression, a reduction in the Basic Metabolic Rate (BMR), use of prescription medication many of which can cause weight gain, - the list is formidable. Then there is the phenomenon that most people do experience weightloss in the face first before other more substantial areas start shedding - this is once again due to the fact the hips, buttocks, thighs, tummy, upper arms, and breasts are the fat depots of the female body and as such tend to hold on to their fat stores more efficiently than the face and legs for example. If you need to lose 25 kg to reduce your BMI down to 25 then you should aim for 25 kg. If losing 25 kg will reduce your BMI down to 22 or less, then this is not necessary at this stage. Just first lose the weight you need to lose so that you have a BMI of 24,5. I can't work this out for you because you have not mentioned your present weight in kg and height in metres.
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