Our expert says:
Your BMI = 25 which as you say is just bordering on the overweight range. There are many factors that could have caused your weight gain: insulin resistance and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) combined with insulin resistance could be responsible. You would need to consult a gynaecologist or physician who will arrange the necessary blood tests to determine if you are suffering from insulin resistance and/or PCOS. The contraceptives your used may also have contributed to weight gain. Then there is the effect of depression - some patients gain a great deal of weight when they are suffering from depression. If this should be the case, then please consult a clinical psychologist to help you overcome the depression. If you should have insulin resistance then you would need to use a low-fat, low-glycaemic index (GI) diet to counteract the condition. Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. Insulin resistance and depression react well to daily aerobic exercise such as going for brisk walks, so start exercising as soon as possible as this could help a great deal.
I hope you can pinpoint what has caused your weight gain and that you can turn it around.
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