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28 May 2004

Afraid of food
Hi Doc,
I'm slowly but surely losing the weight I've carried for the last 12 months or so. The problem though is this is largely due to the food choices I've made, little bit of this and little bit of that, the problem now is I'm beginning to be so obsessive that I now have foods that I'm afraid of, like chocolate and cereals which I believe have a lot of calories, I seem to be conveniently forgetting the fibre cereals are full of. Every morning I prefer to have fruit instead of normal breakfast because I'm afraid of the calories found in them. Don't even mention lunch I take steamed veggies only, same applies to supper, and sometimes plain old coffee will do.
I've noticed that this behaviour is not suited to any properly fucntioning being, and this is stripping me of all the energy I need to funciton during the day.
But then I'll rather be like that than to have all the "wrong" foods in my newly adopted lifestyle.
How can I make good food choices without feeling guilty that I'm indulging and this will get back to me by showing up in my weight gain.

Please help, I really need your help.
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DietDoc
DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Worried
This is one of the crucial problems individuals face when they try to lose weight - you need to still eat a balanced diet without developing an eating disorder. To lose that weight, you need to reduce your energy intake (click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The right approach' and try using the Slimming Diet as an example of healthy, balanced, but energy-reduced foods) and increase your energy output by doing some form of exercise (brisk walking, gym, skipping, cycling, swimming [heated pool!]).
Take care now
DietDoc
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