Our expert says:
The general recommendation is that adult women who want to lose weight should reduce their energy intake down to 1500 kcal or 6300 kJ per day. Too drastic a reduction in energy intake can be counterproductive because the human body then switches off its weightloss systems. If you are going to do strenuous exercise you also require some energy to fuel your physical activity. I don't know what this diabetic diet you have received, is like, but if you are diabetic in addition to needing to lose weight, then you should consult a a registered dietitian, because the correct diet is one of the most important factors in treatment. 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. The dietitian will take your diabetes, medications and other conditions such as overweight, into account when working out a diet for you, which will be based on foods with a low glycaemic index (GI). Click on 'Diet & Nutrition' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. Also click on ‘Food as Medicine' on the Diet Site and then on ‘Type 2 diabetes’. If you are not diabetic or insulin resistant, then you could try using the energy-reduced, low-fat, high-fibre diet on this Website (click on 'Diet & Nutrition' at the top of this page, then on 'Healthy Diets' and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet).
Keep up the good work with the exercise.
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