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Most popular fitness queries answered

Written by Editorial Team |Updated : August 6, 2013 12:01 PM IST

Some people want to lose weight while others want to gain it. But most of them want to do it quickly, without too much effort. Getting into shape is not hard but it requires a little effort. Whether you want to lose weight, gain weight or just get in shape - it has to become a part of your life. So here are some of the top fitness queries answered:

I am a 28 year old girl and have been overweight for a long time. I manage to lose weight, but i put on double the weight very quickly. Could you tell me what diet and exercise regime I should follow to lose weight and keep it that way?

I think what happens is that you go on crash diets to lose weight and the moment you stop you start to gain weight again. It's a common phenomenon. What you need to understand that you need to eat and exercise properly for long-term weight loss. This won't happen instantly and it will take time but all good things take time. Basically to lose weight you need to burn more calories in a day than you take in. If you eat a well-balanced diet and exercise regularly you will lose weight. Read this article to understand the importance of a wholesome diet. For diet and exercise ideas you can check out the various articles in the weight loss section.

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I need to gain weight. My height is 5'11"and my weight is 60 kg. Can you please suggest what I should do?

Some people find it hard to gain weight. This can be for various reasons, the most common being that they have a very fast metabolism which burns up calories quickly. To gain weight you need a proper diet combined with a good regime which combines weight training and cardio. To put on muscle weight you need a lot of proteins in your diet. You should ideally consult a nutritionist. Read this article for more tips.
I want to lose weight but I don't like gymming. I have heard that yoga can help you lose weight. What other techniques are there to lose weight without going to the gym?

Going to the gym to lose weight is not necessary. As you mentioned you could try out Yoga, Walking, Swimming, playing some sports like badminton, tennis etc. Even at home exercise videos are helpful. Another important aspect of weight loss is to control your diet. Eating the right kind of foods will definitely help you lose weight. For more exercise ideas you can check out these articles:

Does obesity have any specific risks for women between 20 and 40?

Obesity in young women has an impact on their psychological and social health and also on their reproductive health. Obesity is frequently associated with disturbances in the menstrual cycle. It affects fertility and also inflicts a number of serious risks during pregnancy such as diabetes and hypertension. Obese pregnant ladies have been linked with higher rates of caesarean section. Obese women in their 20s have increased risk of low back pain onset within 10 years.

Hi. I am a 30-year old lady. I work-out every day. However, I only do cardio and avoid weights. I have heard that women should avoid weight training as it could cause too much muscle gain. I have seen female bodybuilders who look as muscular as men and it makes me scared to take up weights. Is weight training bad for women?

Women should definitely not avoid weight training. It's one of the biggest misconceptions out there. Its benefits are immense. It can keep osteoporosis away, improve flexibility, posture, strength, endurance and also improves cardiovascular health. And women who are scared that they will start looking like muscular caveman can rest assured that will never happen. Muscle hypertrophy, the kind we see on male bodybuilders is usually fuelled by testosterone. A woman's body on the other hand secretes only about 1/100th of the amount of this hormone and unless a woman takes steroids, it's impossible for her to look that bulky! Read more about benefits of weight training for women.

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