Our expert says:
Your present BMI = 28.4 which is above the upper level of the normal range (18-25). To get back into the normal range with a BMI of 24 you would need to weigh 54 kg (thus a loss of 10 kg). The diet you describe is low in energy and you should be losing weight if you only ingest 1400-1500 kcal per day, esp if you do up to 40 min of aerobic exercise 5 times a week. You could try using a low-fat, low-glycaemic index (GI) diet because this would help of you suffer from insulin resistance. Click on 'Diet’nFood' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. Your diet is rather unbalanced, it requires additional sources of calcium (low-fat or skim milk or yoghurt), and more dietary fibre. If you find it difficult to apply the low-fat, low-GI diet please consult a registered 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), to help you through the initial phases of using this type of diet.
Keep up the good work with the exercise.
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