Our expert says:
I trust that as a type 2 diabetic you have been provided by your dr with the necessary medications and have consulted a clinical dietitian for a diet prescription? If you have NOT seen a dietitian then it is essential that you do so and ask him/her to assist you with a weightloss diet that will also help you control your blood sugar levels so that you don't develop cravings which sabotage your weightloss efforts. 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 prescribe a low-fat, low glycaemic index (GI) diet for you. 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’. Such a diet and regular exercise will help you to lose weight. I am personally totally opposed to the use of these over-the-counter slimming products because they can cause such dangerous side-effects. When you are on the 'Weight loss' part of the DietDoc site, click on 'Diet Detective' and check out the articles on slimming pills, to see what negative side-effects these different ingredients can cause. Because you are diabetic and probably use diabetic medications I would urge you not to take any products not prescribed by your dr. Your current BMI = 39,2 which is very high, so it would be highly beneficial if you can lose some weight (your diabetes will also improve). Cutting calories as such is not advisable, which is why I recommend that you should first consult a dietitian.
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