Posted by: niks | 2008/01/11

weight loss problem

i am currently jogging, doing aerobics and dieting and instead of losing weight, i have gained. i am desperate - what can i do? i am over 40 and it is very difficult

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Dear Niks
If your energy intake does not exceed your energy output (which should not be the case, seeing that you are doing so much exercise), then you should be losing weight, not gaining it. There are some factors that may be hampering your weight loss: a) you may at present be developing muscle tissue that ironically weighs more than fat tissue (check you dimensions once a week to see if you are losing cm which also indicates fat loss), b) if you are insulin resistant then you may struggle to lose weight if you are not using a low glycaemic index (GI) diet. It may be a good idea to have a medical checkup to see if you suffer from hormone imbalances (thyroid, insulin or female hormones). If you should suffer from insulin resistance then it is essential that you consult a clinical dietitian, because the correct diet is one of the most important factors in treatment. Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. The dietitian will take your insulin resistance and other conditions such as overweight, into account when working out a diet for you, which will be based on foods with a low glycaemic index (GI). Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The right approach' and read the articles on the GI. Also click on ‘Food as Medicine' on the Diet Site and then on ‘Type 2 diabetes'.
Keep up the good work with the exercise!
Best regards

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