Our expert says:
Do you suffer from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis? This may be why you are being treated with cortisone? If so both the cortisone and female hormones in the contraceptive pill could be contributing to your weight gain. You can certainly ask the dr who is prescribing your contraceptive to give you non-hormonal contraception to eliminate once source of weight gain from your life. However the cortisone which I suspect is making the biggest contribution to your weight gain is probably essential if you have some sort of inflammatory bowel disease. Because of this I would like to 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 with the proper diet for your condition and also to lose weight. Tell the dietitian how bad you felt when you were on the Weighless diet so that she can recommend a diet that does not make you feel this way.
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