Our expert says:
I would recommend that you have a medical checkup to see if you suffer from hypoglycaemia, insulin resistance or diabetes because some of the symptoms you list like the cravings for sweets, feeling tired, etc could indicate problems like these. If you find after 2 weeks that the high protein diet is not sustainable, please do have that medical checkup because if you do suffer from hypoglycaemia or insulin resistance then you will have to use a low-GI diet to control your blood sugar and insulin levels. If you do have insulin resistance (IR) then I would recommend that you should 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 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’. Regular daily aerobic exercise for at least 30 min per day can also help you to improve your insulin and glucose levels, so start doing an aerobic exercise (running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming, join a gym or Walk for Life).
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