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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    I cannot seem to lose weight, what am I doing wrong?

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    My current diet consists of
    breakfast: mushrooms, tomatoes and an egg,
    lunch tuna or chicken salad,
    dinner 120g meat or seafood and 120g vegs usually a combination of mushrooms, onions, zuccini, tomatoes.
    I go to the gym 3 to 4 times a week and run/walk on a treadmill for 40 minutes.
    I am 1 metre 53cm tall and weigh 58kg and should weigh about 52kg.
    I cannot loose weight.
    What am I doing wrong?
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    Chris Fonda

    Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian

    As an Accredited Sports Dietitian, APD and athlete (springboard diver), Chris has both professional and personal experience in sport at the sub-elite and elite level.Chris … View Profile

    With this question I would recommend you book yourself in to see an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). To find one in your area, head to the Dietitians Association of Australia's website ( It may be worth going to see your doctor and getting your thyroid hormones tested.

    In regards to your height and weight, your BMI is 24.7kg/m2 which is within the healthy range although leaning towards the upper level (18.5-24.9kg/m2). From what I can see your diet is extrememly low in carbohydrates (however, i'm not sure of your portion sizes) which are an important fuel for your brain and red blood cells for your body to function at its best. 

    Quite often when people want to lose weight, they do cut out carbohydrate based foods in the hope for rapid weight loss. Yes you will lose weight rapidly, however, it will most likely be water and muscle mass. A loss of muscle mass leads to a drop in metabolism, so the rapid loss in weight is only short-lived.

    As I said previously, it is hard in this forum to give specific recommendations. I recommend you go see an APD to sort our a diet plan the works for you :) Good luck

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