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Help I need to lose weight

Not really a lung issue but since I stopped smoking (due to a lung issue ) I've gained nearly 4 stones in weight. I was a healthy weight in January last year so it's happened in a single year. I have issues with my joints too so I find exercising difficult without the lung issue too. I can't afford to pay for slimming clubs so I am at a loss. Need some help and advice on how to tackle this

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Hi Winnietyson

I was referred to the local gym by the nurse at my GP's and with the help of the staff there I have managed to lose 4 stones since last April. It is worth asking at your local surgery what opions are open to you. The trainers at my local gym advised me on which equipment to use and started me off at a low level and just said increase the effort when I was able to. I also reduced my calorie intake to around 1500 calories a day. It was not easy but definitly worth the effort.

Good luck




'Health experts are beginning to explore the idea that people who eat all they want and don't gain weight are actually more active than the rest of the population, and therefore burn more calories. However, these folks don't necessarily spend more time at the gym. They probably engage in a practice known as non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT), according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

NEAT may sound like a lofty concept, but it's actually quite simple: all physical activity--aside from regimented workouts--counts. When you stand up and pace while talking on the phone, chop cabbage for dinner or even twiddle your thumbs sitting at your desk, you are engaging in NEAT. So that friend who can pig out without consequence probably fidgets more than you do and stands on her feet while you're sitting down.

According to ACE, engaging in NEAT throughout the day can increase your metabolism by up to 50 percent--so if you normally burn 2,000 calories per day while sedentary, NEAT can help you burn up to 3,000 calories per day. That translates to a lot of pasta, and definitely entitles you to dessert. . . .'


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