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Underweight and exercise
Dec 12, 2010

I am a 26 year old female, 5' 5" tall and weighing 100 lbs. I began to lose weight as a result of strenuous exercise without the adequate caloric intake. I am now determined to increase my calorie intake in order to gain weight for ultimate workout performance and appearance. As a result of being excessively underweight, should I focus on gaining weight before I begin strength training again or should I incorporate both increasing calories and strength training together? Thank you

Response from Mr. Vergel

Start both together, as long as you use resistance exercise and no cardio for a while until you regain the weight. Resistance exercise with machines at the gym for 1 hour, 3 to 4 times a week, plus increased lean protein and mixed vegetable intake, can certainly help increase lean body mass while keeping fat down.

Nelson



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