Our expert says:
Although all the foods you are using in this diet are basically healthy, the diet as such is not and it is also too minimalistic. It is an ironic fact that the human body often switches off its weight loss systems when faced by 'starvation'. I would recommend that you use a balanced low-fat, high-fibre diet and some regular exercise to achieve your weight loss (click on 'Diet' at the top of this page, 'Weight loss' , ‘The right approach' and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of a such a diet). I am, however, worried that your approach to dieting, weight loss and your body image is unbalanced. It is possible that losing such a large amount of weight when you got divorced gave you a hold over your life - you were in charge of this aspect, despite not being able to prevent the divorce and the pain. Now you equate gaining weight with losing control and only feel in charge and confident if you are very thin. If you cannot control this situation then it may also be a good idea to consult a clinical psychologist. Clinical psychologists are listed in the Yellow Pages under 'Psychologists' or you can ask your gp to refer you. He/she will help you to work out what underlying psychological problems are causing this reaction and help you to cope with them and the past trauma in your life.
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