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17 Oct 2006

The 30'
My whole life I have been underweight! I was fine with that but ever since hitting 30 I have been putting on weight unbelievebly. I am healthy and never had to watch what I eat before. In the last 4 years I have picked up 20 kgs and what do I need to do. The last 3 months I have been picking up round my hips went from a size 34 to 40! What now? I have never been on a diet neither ever went to gym any suggestions?
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Vix
I find your rapid weight gain strange, because although people tend to gain weight after the age of 30, this is generally a gradual increase of about 1 kg per year. I would urge you to have a medical checkup to see if you are perhaps suffering from a hormone imbalance (thyroid, female hormones and insulin). If you have a thyroid or female hormone deficiency/imbalance the dr will provide replacement therapy. If you suffer from insulin resistance (IR), then you need to consult a clinical dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area) who will provide you with a diet prescription to control the IR and also help you to lose weight. Even if you do not have a hormone imbalance I would suggest that you consult a dietitian for a slimming diet. To lose weight you need to basically change your lifestyle. Reduce your energy intake by eating an energy-reduced, low-fat, high-fibre diet (click on 'Diet' at the top of this page, 'Weight loss', ‘Balanced diet' and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet), and increasing your energy output by doing regular exercise (running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming, join a gym or Walk for Life). If you do join a gym then you should do aerobic exercises and work with weights to target those hips.
Hang in there
DietDoc
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