Our expert says:
This is an interesting case where someone is advertising her services as a dietitian, but is not registered with the Association for Dietetics in SA (ADSA). The energy content of the diet you were initially given as too low to sustain a heavy exercise schedule. In general, adult women (even those who do not do heavy exercise), should have about 1500 kcal per day when trying to lose weight. Nowadays nutritionists are also required to register so that only those individuals who have the proper training in nutrition can practice. However, the safest option is to consult a registered, clinical dietitian (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). All the dietitians on this Website have completed their university training in dietetics and are registered with the HPCSA (Health Professionals Council of SA) and ADSA. For your own sake, please go and see one of the dietitians in your area (ask if the dietitian has experience with sports diets) and tell her about your experience, the fact that you do plenty of strenuous exercise, that you felt weak and dizzy on the low-kcal diet and that you want to lose additional weight. Also ask the dietitian if she thinks you may suffer from hypoglycaemia or insulin resistance. If so, the dietitian may advise that you use a low-fat, low-glycaemic index (GI) diet.
I do hope you will now obtain the correct diet so that you lose weight, but still have sufficient energy to do your exercises.
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