Our expert says:
Thank you I am well and appreciate your kind words. You are quite correct that your present weight which gives you a BMI of 21,4 is ideal for your height and your body will resist any attempts to lose more weight. I reckon that your constant bloating may well be contributing to you feeling so "fat" despite the fact that you are actually thin, so I would recommend that you sort out the bloating first and then reassess how you feel about your weight. Yes, you need to see your gp or even a gastroenterologist for a diagnosis of the bloating because unfortunately this can be caused by a variety of conditions (e.g. irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), food allergies and sensitivities, enzyme deficiencies, gastritis or ulcers, gallbladder problems, etc). So please see the dr and let's find out what is causing your bloating so that we can do something about it. For example if you happen to be lactose sensitive then you would need to cut out all milk and most dairy products and all foods that contain milk, or if you have gastritis then you will need to have medical treatment and cut out foods that cause discomfort. If you should be diagnosed with IBS or a food allergy then I would recommend that you consult a clinical dietitian (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), to help you sort out what you can and cannot eat. Once you have the bloating under control or hopefully eliminated, then try increasing your cardio exercises at the gym to slowly reduce those 4 kg. But don't do this before you eliminate the bloating because if you have IBS or gastritis, stress plays an important role and you will need to relax to get things sorted out.
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