Our expert says:
You did not mention that you suffer from low blood sugar before and that changes a great deal when it comes to the advice I would give you for losing weight! If you have low blood sugar then you can't just use any slimming diet, because as you have already experienced, this leaves you feeling totally knocked out, unable to think straight and too tired to exercise. Is there any chance that you could consult a dietitian? If yes, then 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. You are supposed to use a low-fat, low-GI (glycaemic index) diet and exercise to lose weight if you have low blood sugar. It will also help to eat 6 small meals a day instead of 3. Now the application of the low-fat, low-GI diet is a bit tricky to get used to at the beginning and this is where it is so useful to get help from a dietitian who can guide you through the initial stages. To read more about low-GI, click on 'DietnFood' at the top of this page and then on 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index'. You can also visit the website of The Glycemic Index Foundation of SA at: www.gifoundation.com to obtain more information, including books that explain the principles of the diet. These books are not expensive. The thing is that if you use this low-GI diet you won't get so dreadfully tired and your brain will work more efficiently because it won't be starved of glucose, and you will lose weight. So give it a try.
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