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19 Jan 2006

My getting out of hand
I have always been a big girl since I was young now at 26 I am HUGE - 116Kg's at 1.68 m/ tall. I gained atleast 30 kg's last yr when pregnant. Had my baby and lost only 10 and then after 9 months breastfeeding Ive gained all the weight back with extra kilos. I feel so terrible and sad-unconfortable and unhealthy. I try not to eat a lot but I do get hungry most of the time. At the same time I was told I have to eat since Im breastfeeding, being told I cant really go to the gymn because of...I dont know what. I have a beautiful healthy baby that I dont want to do anything that will ruin her health, but my weight is really getting out of hand. I dont know what to do anymore, I have tried walking, etc. but there seem to be something wrong coz instead of losing the weight...I gain lots everyday. Maybe I should stop breastfeeding but I dont know - she is 9 months now and was planning to breastfeed until she is about 18months. Please HELP... I feel Im going to go through depression but I dont want to I have a little angel than needs me ... I just want a good body and start loving myself!! Please HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Sad
Because you have such a very large amount of weight to lose (BMI = 41) to get back to the normal range (for a BMI of 25 you would need to weigh 71 kg), I should like to make a number of suggestions: a) you can continue breastfeeding while on an energy-reduced diet and while doing moderate exercise - you have brought your baby to the age of 9 months with breastfeeding and most authorities agree that babies can be weaned to solids after 6 months (I trust that your lassie is eating some solids?) and that breastfeeding to 1 year is more than adequate. b) please for your own sake and that of the baby do consult a clinical dietitian (check the List of Dietitians on this Website or phone 082-593-0276 or send an e-mail to or look in your local telephone directory or Yellow Pages, to find a dietitian in your area.). The dietitian will work out a diet that takes your breastfeeding into account but promotes weight loss - she/he may also recommend that you have various tests done to eliminate problems such as hypothyroidism and insulin resistance c) start doing moderate exercise by taking baby for a walk every day in the fresh air - this will not reduce your milk supply, but will stimulate your metabolism and start making you fitter - increase how far and fast you walk as you get fitter.
I do hope that you manage to lose that weight
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