Our expert says:
If you are eating a low calorie diet (it words out to 1557 cal/day on average) and are exercising so vigorously and you are not losing weight (BMI = 28,2 which is above the normal range), then I really wonder if you don't have an underlying hormonal imbalance (thyroid esp in view of the family history, or insulin or female hormone problems like polycystic ovarian syndrom (PCOS)). You could ask your dr to send you for the necessary tests or consult an endocrinologist (a physician who has specialised in hormonal problems - your gp can refer you). If you should suffer from an underactive thyroid the dr will prescribe the necessary thyroid hormone therapy like Eltroxin. If you have insulin resistance (IR), I would recommend that you consult a clinical dietitian, because the correct diet is one of the most important factors in treatment. Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. The dietitian will take your IR, medications and other conditions such as overweight, into account when working out a diet for you, which will be based on low-fat foods with a low glycaemic index (GI). Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. Also click on ‘Food as Medicine' on the Diet Site and then on ‘Type 2 diabetes’.
Hopefully the dr will be able to diagnose why you struggle to lose weight.
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