Our expert says:
If you did not lose any weight with the energy-reduce, low-fat diet, then you may well have a problem with insulin resistance or an imbalance in your female hormone (those irregular periods) or even be suffering from depression (your constant tiredness) which can cause weight gain. Ask the dr to test your glucose tolerance and insulin levels and if necessary also your female hormone levels. Also consider carefully if you may be suffering from underlying depression as this may well contribute to weight gain and inability to lose any weight. If you are suffering from depression it also needs to be treated.
Let's first get a diagnosis and then see what type of diet will help for the weight loss (e.g. if you are insulin resistant then you would need to have a specific diet worked out for you by a dietitian which concentrates on foods with a low glycaemic index).
Holding thumbs that you can pinpoint what is causing the problem.
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