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21 Apr 2006

What do u think doc?
I am trying to lose weight now. I am scared of developing diabetes...i already have PCOS and i am scared i will not be able to have kids unless i lose ALOT of weight.

This is my diet i am trying to stick to, please give me some guidance as to where i am going wrong:

Breakfast - Wholewheat pronutro with low fat milk and 1 tsp sugar

Mid morning: I wholewheat roll, beef, cheese, lettuce, cucumber

Lunch: Same as mid morning with a cooldrink/juice. And a tiny mini muffin (banana and bran)

Mid afternoon: 1 fruit

Supper: Grilled chicken, baked potato and veggies. I am trying to ensure that. I either have rice or potatoes - not both.

Also going to try to incorporate fruit with breakfast and lunch.

I aim for at least 1.5L of water.

I have about 40kg's to lose, so this is going to be a long road ahead.

I previously used to drink about 1.5L of coke a day but i am trying to limit myself to one can (of any cooldrink besides coke) and unsweetened juice and water.

I am going to the gym 3/4 times a week and am going to concentrate on cardio...more cycling, eliptical trainer, rowing and treadmill.

Any tips. This is my first week and it feels very emotional. realising u have a problem and knowing how much effort its going to take to lose the weight.

I am in my mid 20's.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Desperate
I hear what you are saying and feel for you because 40 kg is a great deal of weight to have to lose. Please do try and 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), because you suffer from PCOS, which probably means that you are also insulin resistant and therefore need the dietitian to work out a diet based on foods with a low glycaemic index (GI), not just a slimming diet. There are many aspects of your diet that are not low GI - the sugar, the cold drink, the wholewheat bread instead of seedbread, use of brown rice or pasta made from Durum wheat, etc. You will really benefit greatly from consulting a dietitian as the correct, low GI diet is an essential part of the treatment for obesity associated with insulin resistance and PCOS. In the meanwhile click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The right approach' and read the articles on the GI. Also click on ‘Food as Medicine' on the Diet Site and then on ‘Type 2 diabetes'. Trying to lose 40 kg will take a long time and the dietitian will be able to give you moral support for this task. Your decision to do exercise is excellent because regular exercise not only promotes weight loss, but also helps to normalise blood glucose and insulin levels.
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