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22 Sep 2006

the more i excecise the more i gain
Since I joined gym, instead of losing I'm gaining. I try to eat a balance diet but it so discouraging to gain more weight after my such an effort. Is there anything I can do to help my self? Iam 26, size 36-38 and 1.67m tall. I weigh 85kg. Please help I'm desperate
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Samantha
If you are still gaining weight despite doing plenty of aerobic exercise (i.e running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming, spinning, rowing), not exercise with weights, and if your diet is also energy-reduced (?), then I would recommend that you see your dr and ask him/her to send you for hormonal tests (thyroid, insulin and female hormones) to see if you suffer from an underactive thyroid, insulin resistance (IR) or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), all of which can hamper weight loss and cause pronounced weight gain as you have experienced. If you should suffer from IR or PCOS then it is essential for you to 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 IR and/or PCOS, 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 'Balanced diet' and read the articles on the GI. Also click on ‘Food as Medicine' on the Diet Site and then on ‘Type 2 diabetes'.
Hang in there
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