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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: My weight is 11stone (154lbs) and I want to lose 26 pounds.

I exercise daily with cardio and eat healthy. I eat a healthy breakfast in the morning, for lunch I have water, fruit, 1 toast and tea and then I work out and drink the shake. I have my dinner at around 7pm. If am still hungry, I have some apples and oranges at 10pm. Do you think that I am eating enough to lose weight? I don't know why but even though I am just eating fruit after dinner my stomach is bloated.

My fitness instructor recommend that I take promax protein diet shake after my workout and for breakfast. When I first started this shake I had a lot of diarrhoea, but now its gone. My protein shake is running out. Do you think that protein shakes are important for weight loss?


A: Protein shakes are used and recommended by many fitness professionals, usually as a snack rather than a meal (or meal replacement). Your dietary requirements are intricately linked with your activity level and strength/weight training goals.

Unfortunately, there is not enough data supplied in your question (no height or age information) to determine your caloric requirements and/or the amount of protein/carbohydrates/fats you are currently consuming to create a calorie deficit for your weight loss goals.

It is really best that you work with your fitness instructor to craft a nutritional program that is in concert with your weight training goals/activities.

Best of luck.


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