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31 Mar 2006

weight loss
hi where can i get a very simple eating plan so i can lose weight. i also battle to do some exercises. please can u advise. my boyfreind also has stomach ulcers what can we eat together to help prevent it from getting worse but also i want to lose about 10 kgs

thank you
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Roxanne
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' , ‘The right approach' 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). Regarding your boyfriend and his ulcers, it is important to keep the following in mind: Stomach ulcers are caused by excess acid production in the stomach and if the patient has food in the stomach this give the acid something it can work on instead of attacking the stomach lining. In fact, the use of 6 smaller meals a day is a good idea when suffering from ulcers because this would mean that the patient practically always has some food in his stomach to prevent acid erosion. He should split up his main meals into 2 smaller meals each. One of the most important factors in excess acid production and ulcers is stress. If your boyfriend suffers from ulcers, he will have to experiment with the foods he eats that may cause problems (raw onions, garlic, cucumber, green peppers, very spicy foods and condiments, gas-cold drinks, very fatty foods, etc and all alcohol). This is often an individual reaction and he will have to keep a food diary to see what foods cause this problem and then cut them out. If he finds that this is problematic, then he should consult a clinical dietitian (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), who will help him work out the correct diet for his condition. To relieve stress I would recommend that he learns relaxing techniques, how to do deep breathing exercises and some form of physical exercise which is also relaxing, such as yoga. Going for brisk walks in the fresh air also helps to relieve tension.
I hope that the two of you achieve your different goals.
Best regards
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