Our expert says:
I don't think that aiming for weight loss is the way to go. At the moment, your BMI is calculated at 23, which means that it's in the normal range. While it may be possible to lose a couple of kilograms, I do think that 5 kg is too much. Rather, your focus should be on getting fitter and then toning. If for example you can increase your muscle mass by toning and decrease your fat mass by only 1 or 2 kg, then your body fat percentage will fall much more than if you lose 5 kg, which is what you are aiming for now. So, with regards to exercise, I think that sticking with cardio is the way to go, and I would suggest looking at the intensity of the training as a very important variable in seeing changes. Often people just don't exercise hard enough - I'm not saying you should go out and kill yourself everyday, but certainly, periods of harder training do a world of good, so even if you just break down your run into smaller segments of say 5 minutes each, and then alternate 5 minutes at your normal pace with 5 minutes harder running that will add a great deal. Then diet is the other very key factor - I don't think that the Atkins diet is the way to go - I think the best is to see a dietician about it if you can and just make sure that you have a decent diet, particularly considering your exercise because many people undereat or eat the wrong foods, which is just as detrimental to their progress.
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