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16 Sep 2007

Please Help

I’m on the verge of having a nervous break down, so please please please help me! I have been trying harder than ever to lose weight but it seams the harder I try the more weight I put on. I know your thinking she’s probably cheating and won’t admit it but really I’m not. The latest disappointment in my diet saga is as follows:

I was on vacation for about a month during which I don’t go to the gym, but I do do quite a bit of walking and strolling throughout the day. For the most part I would have a good break fast not too heavy some scrambled eggs with veggies a piece of toast and some fruit with some yogurt, oh and I do put a bit of jam on my toast at the end of the meal just for some desert-like ending. Then I would have some lunch about 4 hours latter or so and basically call it quits for the day ( I might nibble on some nuts or a small piece of chocolate afterwards. I also had a scope of ice cream or a few bites of some kind of dessert or other occasionally but I basically try to stop eating around 6 or 7 pm…I usually go to bead between 10 and 12)

Anyway after a month away I was anxious to step on my scale, which I did the moment I got home and pleasantly enough I had lost about 3 kg (about 6 lbs)! Great news right?...Wrong, here comes the depressing part. I decide to continue my weight loss and go for another 10 lbs so this is what I’ve been doing so far:

For breakfast I have an apple/skimmed yogurt/ slice of bread/ slice of low fat cheese. Then when I get back home from work I have a big bowl of tomato soup (no oil in it just a few veggies chopped in to it) a bout 3 fresh dates and about 1/3 cup LF yogurt and a small chicken roll which is basically shredded chicken and carrots with some parsley and spices rolled in something similar to a wanton wrapper and backed (it’s about half the size of your regular egg roll and it’s baked not fried) and that’s it for the day really!!! Oh and I walk for an hour a day at a speed of 4.5 mph, I’ve been doing this for four days now and get this I GAINED 1lb!!!!!!! L

I have been trying to lose these 10lbs foe about 2-3 years now but it’s been one disappointment after the other…I’ve had blood test done and everything turned out normal, thank GOD, or so they tell me. Please help I’ve done everything short of swearing off food all together, I really don’t know what to do anymore L

PS: i have been able to successfuly lose weight in the past (i was on the jenney creig program on which i lost an average of 2 lbs a week for a total of about 35lbs :)) i hade to gain back about 10 pounds after that because apparetly i was "too thin" (i didn't think so but my menstration stopped for a couple of years and started back just as soon as i put the 10lbs back on) i have how ever gained another 10 lbs (these are the ones i'm looking to re-loose and am having a hard time doing so. FYI i'm a 5'5" and about 135 (shooting for anywhere between 128 and 123) again Please please help!!!!!!!

Thank you much,

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01 Jan 0001

Dear Nourah
I presume that the weight you list of 135 is in pounds, not kg? If that is so then your present BMI = 22,4 which is ideal for your height and this is why you are going to struggle to lose another 10 pounds or 4.5 kg. If you do lose those 10 pounds you will have a BMI of 20,8 which is too low. So please stop stressing about your normal weight. Ironically stress will release hormones like cortisol that can cause water retention so you would appear to gain weight because you are retaining water. From what you say I do think that you need to do 2 things: a) see a clinical psychologist to help you work out why weight is such a factor in your life and what underlying problems are making you so anxious and then to teach you better methods of dealing with this stress, b) consult a dietitian to help you with a balanced diet (the diet you describe is lacking in a variety of nutrients and not balanced) that will maintain your present, normal weight.
Best regards
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