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Posted by: MINI ME | 2004/01/22

LOSING WEIGHT

HI - COULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME IF THIS IS SUFFICIENT TO LOSING WEIGHT - AT THE MOMENT I GO TO GYM TWICE A WEEK AND DO CYCLING FOR 20 MINUTES ON LEVEL ONE - AFTER ABOUT FIVE MINUTES MY LEGS START BURNING BUT I CARRY ON - I DO NOT LIKE THE TREADMILL BECAUSE AS I AM 20 KILOS OVERWEIGHT WHEN I DO WALK MY LOWER BACK STARTS ACHING AND MY ANKLES BURN - SO IS THIS SUFFICIENT TO LOSING WEIGHT (AS WELL AS HAVING A GOOD EATING PLAN) - AND DOING THIS HOW LONG SHOULD IT TAKE FOR ME TO LOSE 20 KILOS
THANKS FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE

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Hi there

The actual exercise session sounds OK. Cardio exercise such as cycling is what is recommended. There are a few other important things though. One is the duration - the ideal would be 40 minutes or so, but considering that you are starting out, a 20 minute session will do for now. Eventually though, the burning in the legs will go away, and you should then try to increase this, in small increments, like 5 minutes a week, until you get to the 30 or 40 minute mark.

The second thing that you must look at is how often you train. I don't think that you will really see many results with 2 days a week. Three would be much better, and 4 is better still. For now, 3 would be a good goal - one on a weekend day, two in the week, and then in a few weeks, push this up to 4. It's important to be consistent and build up the base of exercise, and I'm not sure that 2 days a week allows this.

Finally, diet is very important, and no matter how much you train, without eating well, you won't lose weight. For a diet, though I would consider asking Diet Doc for advice, or seeing a dietician personally.

Good luck

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