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21 Feb 2004

Increasing body fat although strict diet control
For the past year I have been under extreme pressure. I was retrnched from my job, moved home, got married, my sister in law developed brain cancer and now my husband has been retrenched. Neither of us has been able to find a job yet.
before meeting my husband in january last year, I was in 2 long mentally and emotionally abusive relationships.
My weight has always yo-yod from being grossly over weight at school(72 kg), to being quite underwight (48kg).
I have tried all the diets and read all the boks.
My problem at the moment is that I am gaining centimetres almost daily, since stopping to work. My body fat has increased about 40% and no amount of gym or chne in eating plans has helped.
I tried Atkins for a while, and although it worked for 2 weeks or so, soon th centremetres started pilingon.
I have been sticking to a low carb diet for about 2 years now but something is not right.
I have just finished reasding the X-dirt and am thinking of giving it a try. the only thing is the amount of carbs recommended in the diet scares me.
I am so confused. Dr Atkins and Tabitha Humes contradict each other completely.
PLEASE HELP. I am desperate.
Nne of my clothes fit and I seem to be going around ina vicious circle.
I just want to loose the centremetres around my thighs, hips and tummy!

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01 Jan 0001

Dear Confused
I am so sorry to hear about all the traumatic events in your life. It is understandable to that you may be experiencing problems with weight because all these negative factors may be making you depressed. If this should be the case, then please do go for help to a clinical psychologist because depression is one of the major causes of weight gain (or ironically also weight loss depending on the individual). I also suspect that you are not as active as you may have been when working. I would like to suggest that you first have a medical checkup to see if you have any hormonal problems (thyroid, insulin or female hormones - anyone of these could be causing the weight gain) and also discuss the possible depression with your dr. If you are given a clean bill of health, then try the X-diet and continue doing as much exercise as possible. The X-diet is based on reducing the amount of fat you eat (fat provides 37 kJ per gram) and increasing the amount of carbs you eat (carbs only provide 17 kJ per gram - quite a difference - and if they contain lots of dietary fibre then the energy content is even lower) and you can obtain good results with this diet.
Good luck
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