Our expert says:
There are a variety of factors that could be causing your weight gain and preventing weight loss, namely: 1) Use of female hormones can cause weight gain or loss, depending on the individual - discuss this with the prescribing dr to find out if you can use an alternative type of contraception; 2) Hormone imbalances - underactive thyroid, insulin resistance or imbalance of female hormones causing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) - ask your dr to test your various hormone levels; 3) Depression can cause pronounced weight gain or loss depending on the individual - if you suspect that this may be the cause, consult a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist; 4) excessive energy intake without adequate energy expenditure. To lose weight you need to basically change your lifestyle. Reduce your energy intake by eating an energy-reduced, low-fat, high-fibre diet (click on 'Diet' at the top of this page, 'Weight loss', ‘Balanced diet' and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet), and increasing your energy output by doing regular exercise (running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming, join a gym or Walk for Life). Because you probably need to lose more than 20 kg, I would also recommend that you discuss the use of Xenical with your dr to give you a good start to your weight loss programme. Once you have lost some weight and are more mobile you will be able to do more exercise. You need to do at least 30 min or more per day.
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