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13 Jul 2005

Gaining weight despite healthy eating
I am a 27 year old mom of 3 kids aged 7, 2.5 & 14 months. I have not lost my pregnancy weight despite my best efforts.

I am eating much better (I have cut down on sweets, chocolates, chips). I am eating mostly salads and chicken. I have cut down on my wheats products as well. I dont drink or smoke. I am always active with the kids and I try to get atleast 2 workout sessions (30 minutes) per week.

My weight has climed by 4 kgs and not gone down, its not muscle as I have gone from a 34 to a 36.

This is really depressing, I need help. Please, whats wrong with me?

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01 Jan 0001

Dear Belle
There are a number of factors that may be contributing to you gaining weight and/or not being able to shed it. On the one hand, your energy intake may still be greater than your expenditure. International experts agree that exercise should at least consist of 30 min a day or 60 min on alternate days. For an example of energy-reduced, low-fat, high-fibre diet, click on 'Diet' at the top of this page, 'Weight loss' , ‘The right approach' and then on 'Slimming Diet' . Compare what you are eating a present with this diet and if necessary make adjustments. Other non-diet factors that could be involved are post-pregnancy hormone imbalances (hypothyroidism, insulin resistance, female hormone imbalance) and depression which is an underestimated contributing cause of weight gain. If you consult your dr, he/she will be able to test for hormone imbalances and if you should be insulin resistant, then consult a clinical dietitian, because the correct diet is one of the most important factors in treatment. 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 take your insulin resistance 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 'The right approach' and read the articles on the GI.
Keep up the good work with the exercise, but try to increase how much and long you exercise.
Best regards
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