Our expert says:
I can't really judge if your weight is already within the normal range or not because you don't list your present height in metres and weight in kg. I your BMI is already 25 or less your body will resist additional weightloss. The diet you describe seems reasonable, but may still be too high in energy to promote weightloss, although the fact that you are doing so much strenuous exercise 5 times a week should use up all those kJ. If your BMI is higher than 25 and you are not losing weight on this regimen, I would recommend that you ask your gp to have hormone tests done (thyroid, insulin and female hormones) because it is possible that you are suffering from hypothyroidism, or insulin resistance (IR) or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). If your thyroid is underactive the dr will prescribe thyroid hormone therapy. If you suffer from IR which is also associated with PCOS, then the dr may also prescribe treatment and I would urge you 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, medications 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’.
Finally depression can cause pronounced weight gain and hamper weightloss. So if this should be a problem, please seek assistance from a clinical psychologist.
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