Our expert says:
I can't figure out if you are overweight or not (despite those 4 kg) because you did not provide me with your height in metres so that I can calculate your BMI. However, anyone who does as much exercise as you do, is probably not overweight and you need carbohydrates to sustain your hectic exercise schedule. Carbohydrates are our best fuel for physical activity and to prevent hunger pangs and cravings. Carbs only provide 16 kJ of energy per gram, so they are not fattening. It is the fat we add to carbs, which adds 37 kJ per gram of fat, to our food. So I would recommend that you eat high-fibre, and low glycaemic index (GI) carbs at each meal to provide your with energy to sustain your exercise programme. Try using a low-fat, high-fibre diet (click on 'DietnFood' at the top of this page, then on 'Healthy Diets' and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet) to boost your carb intake. Now about the iron-deficiency anaemia, here you really do need to make a plan to eat 1-2 portions of lean red meat per week, more fish, at least 4 eggs (boil a few ahead of time and add to your breakfast or lunch) per week, and iron-fortified breakfast cereals every day (check on the labels of your Weighless muesli to see if it has added iron - the rusks probably won't). Spinach does contain iron, but it is not available to the body because it is bound by compounds called phytates so your body won't absorb much iron from spinach. The iron in meat, fish, eggs and iron-fortified cereals is much more easily absorbed by the body and will help you recover from the iron-deficiency anaemia. Make a plan to eat some red meat at least 1-2 times a week, otherwise you will be exhausted all the time due to the anaemia.
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