Our expert says:
Your present BMI = 28,9, which is not yet in the obese range (i.e. above 30), and to get back into the normal range (18-25) you would need to weigh 68 kg (BMI = 24). This means you would need to lose 14,6 kg. It does become more difficult to lose weight when one has previously lost a great deal (your loss of 27 kg with Weigh-Less and gym is wonderful) because the body's metabolism tends to slow down to accommodate for the lower energy intake. It may be a good idea to have your dr test your hormone levels (thyroid, insulin and female hormones) to see if you have developed a hormone imbalance or insulin resistance (IR). It is essential for anyone with IR 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 IR, medications and other conditions such as overweight, into account when working out a diet for you, which will be based on low-fat foods with a low glycaemic index (GI). Click on 'Diet' 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’. Please keep up your regular exercise for at least 30 min per day to help you improve your insulin and glucose levels. I don't know what exercises you are doing in the gym, but concentrate on doing aerobic exercises (running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming), rather than working with weights. Just be careful of not overdoing your liquid intake as this can wash important electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, magnesium and even calcium out of your body and cause so-called 'electrolyte imbalances', which may manifest as water retention. Adults require 2,5 litres of liquid a day (this includes coffee, tea, water, milk, and any other liquid you may ingest).
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