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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What is the best way to lose body fat?

    What is the best way to lose body fat. I am 68 and 30kgs overweight
    I have just had my first knee replacement with the next one due ant time, so am restricted as far as heavy movement is concerned
    I am able to do a fair bit of walking and lifting
    Regards pauline
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    Kirsty Woods

    Exercise Physiologist

    Hi I’m Kirsty Woods,I would like to use my experience, expertise and passion to help you reach your weight, energy and health goalsI have been … View Profile

    Every body’s metabolism is as unique as their personality, so unfortunately there is no one ‘best way’ to lose body fat. Particularly because you are partially restricted in terms of exercise your diet is of paramount importance.

    As people age 2 things tend to occur:

    1) Decline in metabolic rate –this means that you may not be able to eat in the amounts that you use to, storing any excess fuel as fat. Try reducing the portions iszes of your meals and snacks.

    2) Insulin Resistance - this means that your body responds differently to the consumption of carbohydrates (particularly refined carbohydrates), and effectively reduces fat burning. Limiting foods such as sugars, breads and juices may help.

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    Chris Fonda

    Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian

    As an Accredited Sports Dietitian, APD and athlete (springboard diver), Chris has both professional and personal experience in sport at the sub-elite and elite level.Chris … View Profile

    Diet wise there are some tips that you can employ which can help you to lose weight. Remember that in order to lose body fat, you want to be burning up more than what you are putting into your body and there are a number of strategies you can try:

    • Make your portions smaller
    • Choose low-fat dairy products over full fat varieties
    • Eat more wholesome foods such as fruit, vegetables, wholegrain breads and cereals and avoid processed foods (deli meats, pies, cakes, sausage rolls, refined breads and cereals etc)
    • Choose lean cuts of meat and remove as much visable fat prior to cooking.
    • Consult an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) for more individualised advice.

    To find an APD, head ot the Dietitians Association of Australia website (www.daa.asn.au) and click on the “find an APD” tab. To find an AEP head to www.essa.org.au

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