Our expert says:
Don't be nervous you can do this. Let's first answer your questions: 1) The problem with using fruit juices is that they are high in energy and sugars (glucose, fructose) - most of these juices contain approx. 200 kJ per 100 ml and about 12 g of sugars, which ironically is even more than sweetened cold drinks (they contain 167 kJ and 10g of sugars per 100 ml), so it is better not to use fruit juice as your sole drink. Have you ever tried drinking cold rooibos tea? It is refreshing and could be a zero kJ answer to your problem of drinks. Water, soda water and sparkling spring water without flavouring are also zero kJ options you can consider. 2) Durum pasta and white Tastic rice are low-GI foods, so you can certainly have them with small quantities of very lean meat or a tomato/vegetable sauce or tinned fish. 3) I checked in my copy of MIMS and only Actos lists possible weight gain as a side-effect, so you should be able to lose weight successfully if you reduce your energy and fat intake (for every gram of fat you avoid you reduce your energy intake by 37 kJ) and also start doing some form of daily exercise like going for a walk for 30 min a day. If you find that you are not losing steadily (i.e. 0,5 to 1 kg per week) then do consider the Xenical as it will assist with the weightloss.
Don't be intimidated - every journey starts with only one step and if you take this situation one step at a time you will start losing weight and be able to turn your metabolic syndrome around.
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