Our expert says:
The diet you describe is certainly very low in fat, but it is so high in proteins and energy that I suspect you are not losing fat because of the high energy intake. I would recommend that you contact a clinical dietitian who specialises in sports nutrition to get this problem sorted out (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), or contact the Department of Human Nutrition at the University of Potchefstroom who specialise in assisting athletes. Always remember the following: a) if you ingest more energy or kilojoules than you burn, then you will either gain weight or not lose any weight; b) carbohydrates are 'protein-sparing' and also provide sufficient energy at a low kJ level to fuel aerobic exercise that you need to do to lose fat; c) excessive protein intake can be counterproductive and potentially dangerous; d) building muscle tissue takes time and a great deal of dedicated exercise esp with weights. I am concerned that you will damage your kidneys if you keep on using so much protein, so do please consult a clinical dietitian who will work out an individual diet prescription for your regimen.
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