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I am observing that I am losing a few inches but not losing enough weight. What should I do?

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Lalit Soni, Sagar
Level 8 contributor
Inches are actually a good indicator of how well your fitness program is progressing in comparison to weight. Now when we can lose weight by losing the water, muscles as well as fat. But the goal should be to lose fat and gain lean muscles. But because lean muscles are denser than fat, it is also heavier. So if you gain muscles you gain weight as well.

Now fat also takes up 4 times as much space compared to lean muscle. So when you lose fat and gain weight even if your weighing machine shows the same weight, you would still lose some inches. So if you are losing inches but not weight, you don't have to worry since you fitness program is still on the correct track.
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Why is it suggested to focus on building muscle mass when exercising?

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Lalit Soni, Sagar
Level 8 contributor
A pound of muscle can burn around 6 calories in a day while a similar quantity of fat tissues burns just 2 calories in a day. So the more muscles that you have built, the more calories would be burned by your body even when the body is at rest. You will have to do proper strength training and also maintain a high protein diet in order to build up your lean muscle mass.
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Why is it advised to lower the grain intake when trying to lose weight?

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Lalit Soni, Sagar
Level 8 contributor
This is since whole grains like wheat or rice while having a lot of nutrients, are also rich in carbohydrates and are, therefore, responsible for a lot of calories which is counterproductive when trying to lose weight. So when trying to lose weight, try to control your intake of whole grains. This migth be hard since a lot of us Indians have rice or whet a our staple food. But this would need to be done in order to lose weight. you could also consider shifting to other grains like jowar, bajra, millet or ragi which are a healthier option.
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How do we decrease the 'body age'?

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Lalit Soni, Sagar
Level 8 contributor
The body age is a measurement of how old your body is based on its health and fitness levels. It is therefore usually different from your actual age. Now as we age we tend to lose a lot of muscle tissue and gain a lot of fat. So in order to reduce the body age, we need to lose fat and start gaining muscle. In order to do this, you will have to make some changes to your current lifestyle and start exercising and follow a proper healthy diet.
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What is meant by the term 'body age'?

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Lalit Soni, Sagar
Level 8 contributor
The body age is a measurement of how old your body is based on its health and fitness levels. It is therefore usually different fro your actual age. It is calculated on the basis of your resting metabolism which can be calculated by looking at factors like weight, body fat percentage, and lean muscle percentage.
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What is visceral fat?

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Lalit Soni, Sagar
Level 8 contributor
It is the fat that is located around our key internal organs. Visceral fat acts as a cushion for these organs and protects them from any shocks, injuries etc. Visceral fat is also known as abdominal fat since most of the fat in the abdominal area is visceral fat.

Excess visceral fat can affect the balance of the body and functioning of hormones. It can increase the odds of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease etc. though with proper diet and exercise you can control the amount of visceral fat on your body.
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What is subcutaneous fat?

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Lalit Soni, Sagar
Level 8 contributor
It is the fat or adipose tissue which lies under the layer of skin and acts as a cushion to protect the skin against trauma. It also acts as a source of energy. Most of the fat accumulated in our lower body is subcutaneous fat.
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Can taking medicine have an impact on my weight?

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Lalit Soni, Sagar
Level 8 contributor
There are certain medications like those used to treat ailments like diabetes, high blood pressure, depression etc. which can cause a gain in weight as a side effect. Other than this intake of certain steroids, undergoing a hormone replacement therapy and even oral contraceptives could cause weight gain.

But it needs to be said that the effects could be different for the same drug for different people and also that not all drugs used to treat the above-mentioned ailments are associated with weight gain. So if you find that you have gained weight while taking medication, try to talk to your doctor and work on it.
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I have been experiencing a bloating when I started increasing fibre in my diet. So what should I do?

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Lalit Soni, Sagar
Level 8 contributor
It is not possible to add anything to your diet in a single day. You need to follow a diet plan. It is the same for fibre. You will have to start gradually adding fibre into your diet. This will help avoid the bloating and build up of gas and give your body time to adapt to the increasing fibre in your diet.

And make sure to drink plenty of fluids hen adding fibre to your diet. This is because without having enough fluid, adding fibre to your diet can cause constipation.
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When should a patient consider seeing a physiotherapist?

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Taran Luthra, Bilaspur
Level 8 contributor
A patient should consider consulting a physiotherapist on the following occasion:

  • When they have injuries like strains, sprains which need immediate care for swelling or pain.
  • Rehabilitation of muscles after an injury, fracture or post-surgery.
  • In the case of neurological problems like stroke, Parkinson's disease, head injuries.
  • Jaw problems.
  • Headaches.
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