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Posted by: Sam | 2011-11-11

perhaps not eating enough?

hi there

Over the last year i have picked up about 5kg, and have decided that its time to loose it!
Daily i eat
1 cup jungle oats
2 x cheese sandwiches (normally gouda or low fat cheese and mostly brown or wholeweat bread)
dinner is usually chicken and rice and mixed veg
dont eat take aways, but Fridays my kids nag for " junk food" 
so we have egg and toast or hot dogs
i feel hungry almost all day but mostly in the morning and not so much at night.
i drink about 10 cups a coffee a day with low fat mik and 1 sugar... and no water (bad i know)

When i look at diet plans they all seem to have so much food in a day.
Could it be that i eat too little why i am not loosing this 5kg?






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Dear Sam
The diet you describe may indeed be too minimalistic and low in energy so that your body goes into 'starvation mode' and preserves energy instead of using it up. The fact that you also feel hungry all the time indicates that you are not ingesting sufficient foods with a low-glycaemic index (GI) to keep your blood sugar levels steady. For example brown and wholewheat bread are both high-GI foods, so if you could eat low-GI bread instead, it may keep you from feeling hungry for longer. You need not drink additional water if you are already having 10 x 250 ml = 2,5 litres of liquid a day, which is the recommended intake for adults. Having 10 x 1 teaspoon or 5 g = 50g of sugar per day which adds 810 kJ to your energy intake and may worsen your problem with blood sugar levels and hunger. You would probably benefit from eating more actual foods, esp those with a low-fat and a low-GI and cutting out the 50g of sugar. Click on 'Diet & Nutrition' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. You can also contact the The Glycemic Index Foundation of SA at: www.gifoundation.com to obtain more information, including books that explain the principles of the diet. If you combine this type of low-fat, low-GI diet with daily aerobic exercise then you should lose those 5 kg.
Best regards
DietDoc

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Posted by: sam | 2011-11-11

ps - im scared that if i start eating more ill gain more weight!

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2011-11-11

Dear Sam
The diet you describe may indeed be too minimalistic and low in energy so that your body goes into 'starvation mode' and preserves energy instead of using it up. The fact that you also feel hungry all the time indicates that you are not ingesting sufficient foods with a low-glycaemic index (GI) to keep your blood sugar levels steady. For example brown and wholewheat bread are both high-GI foods, so if you could eat low-GI bread instead, it may keep you from feeling hungry for longer. You need not drink additional water if you are already having 10 x 250 ml = 2,5 litres of liquid a day, which is the recommended intake for adults. Having 10 x 1 teaspoon or 5 g = 50g of sugar per day which adds 810 kJ to your energy intake and may worsen your problem with blood sugar levels and hunger. You would probably benefit from eating more actual foods, esp those with a low-fat and a low-GI and cutting out the 50g of sugar. Click on 'Diet & Nutrition' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. You can also contact the The Glycemic Index Foundation of SA at: www.gifoundation.com to obtain more information, including books that explain the principles of the diet. If you combine this type of low-fat, low-GI diet with daily aerobic exercise then you should lose those 5 kg.
Best regards
DietDoc

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