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I need to lose weight! I am 47, female, 5’5” and 199 pounds. I am on the borderline of diabetes; plus I have high blood pressure. I have a personal trainer that helps me once a week for 25 minutes, but lately I am feeling that once a week is not enough. When I started working out, 3 months ago, I was 210 pounds.

I have Been trying hard to maintain my diet, but I am a Latina, which can make it hard to cook healthy ;). I am feeling really down; I woke up crying after found out that I lost only two pounds in the last 3 weeks. I have a syndrome called Polycystic Ovary Syndrome that is messing my insulin hormone.
My biggest problem is my midsection; how I can lose more fat from there, specifically? I would really appreciate any help and advice you can give me. Thanks. -Minerva

 

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You are doing great, girl!  A weight loss rate of 1/2 pound per week is totally normal. It is important to remember that gradual weight loss means the weight will stay off.

As for the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome issue that you unfortunately battle, sugars and starches (like tortillas and rice) need to be managed.  If you can’t control portions of those, it’s best to avoid them altogether or save for them for special occasions.

You can’t go wrong filling up on vegetables… any kind, any style, any time of day.

Here is a great weight loss story that I think may help encourage you to keep up the good work and achieve you goals: https://blog.lafitness.com/2012/03/19/oh-no-plateau-the-dreaded-word-of-weight-loss/

– Debbie J., MS, RD

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