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Posted by: titan | 2007/06/16

diets

i have been overweight since high school. i am now 44. i have been on all the diets and nothing seems to help. i was once as fit as a fiddle but didnt loose any weight. my daughter seems to have the same problem. everybody says its either this or that, but i tend to disagree. she eats healthier than most people i know and excersises everyday eccept sundays. what could be the problem?

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Dear Titan
If you and your daughter both struggle to lose weight then there may well be a genetic component that is playing a role. It may help to ask your gp to send you for hormone tests (thyroid, insulin and female hormones) to see if this is what is hampering your weight loss. If you should be insulin resistant then it is essential for you (and your daughter) to consult a clinical 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 insulin resistance 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' and 'Weight loss' and 'The right approach' and read the articles on the GI. Also click on ‘Food as Medicine' on the Diet Site and then on ‘Type 2 diabetes'. Regular daily exercise for 30 min or more (cycling, swimming, running brisk walking, spinning, aerobics, etc) does help to control weight and regulate insulin levels, so it is a good idea to be as active as possible.
Hope you find what is causing this overweight in your family
Best regards
DietDoc

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