Posted by: Annelie de Villiers | 2013/01/23

My child &  the dieet

Hi. 2 children ~ 1(age 20) very active, a dance teacher, gym, working (dance) from 11am to 10pm in the evenings. She''s +/- 1,5m &  weight 63 kg. Very Muscular. She needs to lose weight for a competition. 5 kg''s. &  lately she stays tired. Any Ideas for a diet that can help her ?
2 ~ son, 18 years, also active (hokkie &  school activity''s) grade 12, 1,78m &  73kg.Currenty at the gym as well. Again a diet for him as well, also feeling tired lately. Both doing a lot, I want to help them to stay healthy

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Dear Annelie
Congratulations on your two fit and active children. Your daughter's BMI = 28 which may be pure muscle, but if she is 20 years old then she could try losing those 5 kg. Your son's BMI - 23.0 which is ideal. Your daughter can try using an energy-reduced, low-fat, high-fibre diet (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) which she can combine with her exercise. If both your children are feeling tired it could be due to the heat (it has been extremely hot lately in most parts of the country), to their active lifestyles, or stress/depression, or iron-deficiency or vit B12-deficiency anaemia (ask the dr to test them for anaemias) or because they don't eat sufficient carbohydrates. Getting adequate rest is also important!
If the children are iron or vit B12 deficient then they would need to eat liver, red meat, fish, eggs and iron-fortified cereals to boost their iron and vit B12 intakes.
Best regards

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