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Posted by: zil | 2011/01/09

losing weight

good day

I have been diagnosed with pcos and lymphodema of the lower legs and please advice if this is the reason i am batttling to lose weight, and /i have put on 20kgs. what can i do to lose weight n what exercises are best to do / i have an exercise bike , would that help.

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Dear Zil
PCOS is a condition that is usually associated with insulin resistance that can firstly cause pronounced weight gain and also prevent or hamper weightloss. It is essential for anyone with insulin resistance (IR) to consult a registered 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’. Regular daily aerobic exercise for at least 30 min per day can also help you to improve your insulin and glucose levels, so do start doing an aerobic exercise like cycling on your exercise bike. Start off at a level that you can handle and then increase how fast and hard you cycle as you get fitter and lose weight.
Best regards
DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2011/01/10

Dear Zil
PCOS is a condition that is usually associated with insulin resistance that can firstly cause pronounced weight gain and also prevent or hamper weightloss. It is essential for anyone with insulin resistance (IR) to consult a registered 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’. Regular daily aerobic exercise for at least 30 min per day can also help you to improve your insulin and glucose levels, so do start doing an aerobic exercise like cycling on your exercise bike. Start off at a level that you can handle and then increase how fast and hard you cycle as you get fitter and lose weight.
Best regards
DietDoc

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