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Posted by: Kim - Kelly | 2012-11-05

A diet review needed!

My diet consists of a meal
replacement shake for breakfast,
slim slab for snack 1, a chicken
breast with 175g fat free yoghurt for lunch, slim slab for snack 2 and dinner is usually a full plate of fiber rich veggies such as spinache and mushrooms with a salad containing fat free feta cheese. I want to lose 25kg in 6 months. Is this an advisable diet? I am gluten/wheat intollerant, hypoglycemic and Hypothyroid. I work in a salon where the hours are long and only an hour lunch, no kitchen facilities at all so its always food for the deli at lunch. Please help!

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Dear Kim
The diet you describe will certainly cause weightloss and may work for you if you are gluten intolerant. However, I am worried about the fact that you are also hypoglycaemic. You may need to add low-GI bread and/or pasta (made with Durum wheat) or brown rice or sweet potatoes or corn on the cob(also high in dietary fibre) to this diet to provide some low-GI carbohydrates so that you don't develop hypoglycaemic episodes and feel faint with lack of fuel for your physical activities. I trust that you are being treated with thyroid hormone replacement therapy (Eltroxin or a similar medication) by your doctor. I would also add an additional serving of fat-free yoghurt or cottage cheese to the diet to ensure that your calcium intake does equal 1200 mg per day and because calcium-rich, low-fat dairy foods have been found to promote weightloss. I know that you have a very long day and probably get home exhausted, but do try to do at least 10-30 minutes of aerobic exercise every day (this could entail brisk walking or skipping or doing a home workout or cycling). It should be feasible to lose 4 kg per month or 1 kg per week.
Good luck
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