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Posted by: Cal | 2012/03/09

Weight Gain

I am a 49 year old female who is 6"  tall and weighs 85kg. I wear a size 12 and work out regularly at the gym both cardio and weights. I have noticed a distinct " thickening"  around my torso although when naked this is not obvious however my normal clothes are suddenly very tight around the middle. An appearance of " muffin top"  does not exactly thrill me either. I have been pushing my ab workouts and am now trying to ascertain if the sudden change is age related / diet related or due to overtraining. I have not noticed any signs of menopause yet although I realise it is probably not too far off.

My normal diet is high in fibre &  fruit &  veg and I rarely eat sweets / deserts etc. I have never battled with my weight and very rarely diet as my weight has remained constatnt over the years.

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Dear Cal
If your 'thickening' around the waist is due to weight gain, which is possible as your current BMI = 25,4 (slightly above the upper level of the normal range of 18-25), then reducing your energy and fat intake slightly should solve the problem. Combine this moderate weight reduction (about 5-8 kg so that you can achieve a BMI of about 23), with targeted exercises for those areas that appear problematic, Your gym instructor should be able to advise you regarding such exercises.
Best regards
DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2012/03/10

Dear Cal
If your 'thickening' around the waist is due to weight gain, which is possible as your current BMI = 25,4 (slightly above the upper level of the normal range of 18-25), then reducing your energy and fat intake slightly should solve the problem. Combine this moderate weight reduction (about 5-8 kg so that you can achieve a BMI of about 23), with targeted exercises for those areas that appear problematic, Your gym instructor should be able to advise you regarding such exercises.
Best regards
DietDoc

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