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10 Mar 2004

constant increase in weight
i am 25yrs old, 5ft and currently weigh 49.2kg. last yr i moved to durban weighing since then my weight has just gone up and up. despite my attempts to diet and increase my exercise i cant seem to drop even 1kg. i tried a diet from a dietician and even started with a personal trainer. nothing seems to work. i have now stared a "no starch" diet and am trying to eat no starch for 2 wks to see what happens. what is wrong woth my body and what eating plan should i be on?
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Frustrated
Seeing that your present BMI = 21,4, which is still below the ideal BMI of 22 (for which you would have to weigh 51 kg, I cannot see why you are trying to lose more weight. Your body will resist losing weight if you are in the normal range (BMI between 18 and 25). When you weighed 44 kg, your BMI was 19, which is too low. If you keep on forcing your body to lose weight when your weight is normal, you could damage your metabolism and then you won't be able to lose weight at all. Just eat a balanced, low-fat, high-fibre diet and keep up the good work with the exercise. Reducing your weight too drastically can lead to anorexia and that is not the path you want to travel.
Best regards
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