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Q.

Hard to lose when in the BMI range

Hi there. I've just joined this site. I am 5ft 4in, and weight 9st 2lb (with a BMI of around 22) I am hoping to lose about a stone in weight, as I'm not happy with my weight at the moment. I have a small frame, so any weight I carry is noticeable (particularly around my legs/bum/and midriff). This is the most I have ever weighed, but I am struggling to get into my clothes, which has left me feeling a little bit down. I am trying to get back to a weight where I felt most comfortable and healthiest!
I am going to the gym 3 times a week (although, since joining this site, am hoping to go more). But I don't seem to be shifting the weight. Is this because I am already within my healthy BMI range? Is there any tips which would help in kick starting my weight loss. Thank you

A.

Our expert says...

Hi,

I think we all know the feeling that you are describing, when your clothes feel tight and you don't feel at your best or healthiest. So, good for you in doing something about it!

You have answered your own question, because, yes, you are right that it can be more difficult to lose weight with the smaller amount you have to lose. It can often take a little longer to lose this last bit of weight, but it is achievable with patience and persistence.

To kick start your weight loss, you may want to consider reducing your calorie intake by 100-200 a day for a week or two, but it is not a good idea to do this for any longer. Some people also find that not eating carbohydrates in the evening also helps, although make sure that you eat carbohydrate with your other meals or you will soon feel tired and lethargic.

If you keep your energy levels up, it will help you increase your exercise regime, which is really important in losing weight. Ask the gym staff to give you some exercises that focus on the weight around your legs, bum and midriff (or ask Kelly, our Fitness Expert). I'm sure you will reach your goal in the end. Good luck!

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