Our expert says:
The lunches that are being served at your work which you describe, are indeed reasonable and not too high in energy. However, the fact that you are getting hungry within a short space of time after eating them, indicates that you may have problems with insulin resistance, this despite the fact that the meat and broccoli for example, are also low-GI. Your present BMI = 27,7 which is above the upper normal level. To get back into the normal range with a BMI of 25 you would need to weigh 70 kg, thus a loss of 8 kg. It is good that you are getting back to being active again with the walking and pilates because your weight gain may well be due to your previous lack of exercise. I would recommend that you give yourself a month on your present diet plus the walking and Pilates to see if you can start losing again. If you don't then it may be a good idea to have a medical checkup and to ask the dr to test you for insulin imbalances. If you should suffer from insulin resistance (IR) it is essential to consult a clinical dietitian, because the correct diet is one of the most important factors in treatment. 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 take your IR, and other conditions such as overweight, into account when working out a diet for you, which will be based on low-fat foods with a low glycaemic index (GI). 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’.
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