Our expert says:
Dear Wits End
I think what has happened to you at the moment is that your weight gain is possibly due to depression on the one hand and lack of exercise on the other. Losing a beloved parent can cause depression which in turn can be responsible for massive weight gain or weightloss depending on the individual patient. I would recommend that you mention this to your dr because you may require some treatment for depression until you have adjusted to life without your dear Dad. If you find that you are not coping then do try and get some assistance from a clinical psychologist (hopefully your medical aid will pay for some sessions?). The fact that you cannot afford to go to the gym may also be depressing you, so as I advised the previous Reader, buy a skipping rope and start skipping every day for 30 min. This is an inexpensive way of getting plenty of aerobic exercise (going for brisk walks will also do the trick) and the good thing about aerobic exercise is that it also lifts the mood and stimulates your metabolism.
So don't give up now, get help for the depression is this is a problem and get active without having to spend lots of money!
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