Our expert says:
From what you say, you are certainly using the correct approach to weightloss by applying the low-GI diet based on 'Eating for sustained energy' and your kJ intake is low enough to cause weightloss too. It is difficult to say why you are feeling irritable. You don't say if you previously ate foods like chocolate or if you have suddenly decreased your intake of coffee or tea?? Chocolate, coffee, tea and cacao contain stimulants such as caffeine, serotonin, endorphins and phenylethylamine, which all cause a type of addiction and withdrawal symptoms when you stop using them. That is why I am wondering if you are so irritable because of a sudden change in your intake of potential stimulants. If this is not the case, then you could subconsciously be reacting to perceived 'deprivation'. You may feel that you are being deprived of all the usual treats that other people around you can eat. I can only suggest that you persevere because you will lose weight on this low-GI, energy-reduced diet and then this temporary mood change will have been worthwhile. The irritability should not affect your weightloss. Give you body time to adjust to all these changes and do consider doing some form of exercise. Take your cute doggie for a 30 min walk a day. The exercise will not only help with the weightloss, but as you get fitter and increase the intensity of your walking, you will find that the exercise produces endorphins (like in the chocolate, etc), which lift your mood.
Hang in there
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