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Do you recommend a book/booklet on really the best way to lose belly fat at 65?

By Anonymous July 10, 2012 - 2:04pm
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I am 65 and off HRT since 2007 due to breast cancer. I am very active, participate in aqua-aerobics and work with a trainer, but no matter what I do I cannot lose any weight these days, and I understand that some of this might be age related. But that just isn't good enough. My diet is healthy with many vegetables, lean meats and fruit. Now my pants are tight for the first time in my life. Any advise appreciated and thank you. mwu8s7

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Hello Anonymous,

As we age, we lose muscle mass, which gets replaced with fat.
Consult with your physician before escalating your fat loss program.

Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate cardio activity weekly. Brisk walking, biking on level ground, gardening and water aerobics are good choices.

You can lose belly fat faster by increasing the intensity of your cardio work out. Biking on hills, jogging or dancing are a few vigorous activity options.

Talk with your personal trainer about incorporating interval training in your exercise program. With an interval workout, you alternate moderate and vigorous activity to burn more calories. Start with moderate activity such as swimming at a slow pace. After a few minutes, increase your intensity to fast swimming. Continue to rotate between the two intensity levels for at least 30 minutes.

Strength train your core muscles at least twice weekly. Tone your lower belly by sitting on the edge of a sturdy chair. Brace your hands on the edge of the chair. Lift your feet about 2 inches off the ground and hold the contraction for five counts. Release the contraction and repeat for a minute.

Eat fewer calories. Consult your physician about the correct number of calories you should be consuming daily. Generally, women need at least 1,200 calories. Select foods that will fill you up with fewer calories. High fiber foods are a good choice. Include oatmeal, whole grain pasta and brown rice in your diet.


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