Q Hi, I am 5.5 feet tall and weigh 78kg. I know that my ideal weight should be around 55kg, so I’ve joined the gym. I was on steroids last year as I had infection in my windpipe, due to which I lost my stamina. Now, I’ve completed my medication and want to get in shape. I’m not able to do cardio exercises for more than an hour because I start panting. In weight training, I’m barely able to lift more than 3kg. But I want to work my way out of it. Can you recommend energy drinks or food that I could take before hitting the gym, so that I can do my workout. Please suggest a diet plan too.
A Firstly, I don’t understand why you were on steroids. Did your doctor prescribe them? It’s very dangerous if you were consuming steroids on a trainer’s advice as they are not authorised to do so. Steroids can cause dangerous side-effects that may have even been the cause of your windpipe infection and loss of stamina. Also, cardio exercises are ideally done for 50 minutes to an hour only. Going beyond is a waste of time. To suggest a programme or diet, we need to conduct your fitness assessment test. Only then can we suggest a diet plan.