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Exercise and Fitness: Questions & Answers

Gina Jackson - Fitness Trainer
Vital Health Zone is proud to announce Gina Jackson, who is our resident exercise and fitness expert and who is available to answer all your questions about exercising and fitness. Gina has a private practice and is available for consultation.

Gina answers all your exercise and fitness questions below:

Q: I am 52 years old, 4ft 11 inches tall and I weigh approximately 102 pounds.

I recently had my body fat calculated at a health fair and learned I have 38% body fat. I have a lot of access weight in my stomach and abdominal area. I do not exercise regularly.

I don't eat a lot. Breakfast is usually breakfast bar, lunch is banana or apple with peanut butter and then I eat a regular dinner. I can't understand why I would be gaining weight if I'm not eating.

Everyone keeps telling me to eat more frequently and eat smaller amounts, but I can't imagine getting any smaller amount than I'm eating for lunch and breakfast.

What should I do?


A: Oh that darn body fat!

First of all, congratulations on paying attention to the statistic of your BMI (body mass index), a measure of body fat based on height/weight. However, keep in mind the best (most accurate) measurement of body fat is performed with skin-fold calipers vs a BMI table estimate that I anticipate may have been performed at the health fair.

That being said, 38% body fat is cause for concern and requires an adjustment in your lifestyle. There are three things that stand out from your comments, however and that may be negatively contributing to the numbers: your age, your activity levels and your diet.

So, in a nutshell, you will have to "move it" to "lose it."


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