Our expert says:
Well done that you have stopped smoking. To lose weight you need to reduce your fat intake and increase your energy expenditure. Check your vegetarian diet carefully for hidden fats - sauces, salad dressing, cream, mayonnaise, margarine, etc- and eliminate the excess. If you have gout it is in any case not a good idea to lose weight rapidly - slow and steady is better, so that you don't aggravate the gout. Drink plenty of water during the day and before you retire at night. Alcohol should be avoided and excessive intakes of coffee and tea, switch to rooibos. I presume that the gout makes exercise difficult, but you could try swimming if possible, to increase your energy expenditure.
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