Our expert says:
Unfortunately female hormone therapies like the contraceptive injection can cause weight gain or loss depending on the individual patient's reaction. You could discuss this problem with your gynae to see if there are other contraceptives you can use which do not affect you this way. It is excellent that you have started skipping, which is one of the best aerobic exercises available. As you lose weight and get fitter you can increase how fast and long you skip to maintain metabolic stimulation. The diet you describe seems reasonable, but be careful of eating too many raisins or other dried fruit and peanuts because these foods are extremely health, but have a very high energy content and the nuts are also rich in fat. In general one should restrict one's intake of dried fruit and/or nuts to 30 g a day to prevent weight gain. You may find that having a light lunch of salad and tuna or a boiled egg or fat-free cottage cheese is also satisfying. Compare your diet with the energy-reduced, low-fat, high-fibre diet on this Website(click on 'Diet' at the top of this page, 'Weight loss', ‘Balanced diet’ and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet)and make the necessary changes if you don't lose weight on your diet.
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