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Posted by: Mar | 2011/11/17

Q.

Insulin Resistance, IBS and PCOS

Morning
Ineed some advice. I have been suffering with IR, IBS and PCOS for the past 20 yrs.

In Sept I went to my gynae for a check up and he put me on hormone tabs and also glucophage (850mg 3 x a day).
My problems is that I am battling to lose weight regardless of what I do. I recently went to a dietician and struck to her diet religiously and exercised and I only lost 0.5kg a week. I feel so demotivated as it was such a small loss for so much effort.

My diet consisted of:
B - 3/4 cup All bran and skim milk
1/2 grapefruit
Mid Morning - piece of toast with anchovette
L - Salad with boiled egg
15:00 - A fruit
17:00 - 2 provitas with cottage cheese
D - 120g chicken / fish / meat with veggies (cauliflower, broccoli and baby marrow)

The only time I ever lost a fair amount of weight was when I was extremely stressed and I couldn''''t eat and I lost about 10kgs in a month.

Any advice would be helpful
Tks

Expert's Reply

A.

Diabetes expert

Hi Mar,

Weight loss is very difficult area to deal with, and the reason for this is that there is a very lot of misleading information out there.

Essentially when trying to lose weight there are only three thing one can change with regards to lifestyle, and these are the quality and quantity of food and exercise. Out of the three, quantity of food is the most important for weight loss, as your body can only burn so many calories during the day, and taking in less calories will cause weight loss.

The problem with time is that your metabolism slows, and to further enhance weight loss, calories will need to be adjusted again.

Quality is only important in terms of the heart benefits, and may make a small difference in terms of satiety levels. Exercise requires a lot to be done, and normally is in the region of 60-90 minutes daily, as anything less than this will only help maintain weight and give you benefits in terms of heart.

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Posted by: Diabetes expert | 2011/11/24

Hi Mar,

Weight loss is very difficult area to deal with, and the reason for this is that there is a very lot of misleading information out there.

Essentially when trying to lose weight there are only three thing one can change with regards to lifestyle, and these are the quality and quantity of food and exercise. Out of the three, quantity of food is the most important for weight loss, as your body can only burn so many calories during the day, and taking in less calories will cause weight loss.

The problem with time is that your metabolism slows, and to further enhance weight loss, calories will need to be adjusted again.

Quality is only important in terms of the heart benefits, and may make a small difference in terms of satiety levels. Exercise requires a lot to be done, and normally is in the region of 60-90 minutes daily, as anything less than this will only help maintain weight and give you benefits in terms of heart.

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