Q: I am a 46-year-old vegetarian male suffering from osteopenia and short term memory loss. My B12 levels are as low as 100, my height is 5’7” and weight is around 80kg. I have been on a purine-free diet for over a month as my uric acid level is 7.6. I dislike taking milk products, but have lately started drinking soy milkshake and two bowls raita daily. My main concern is to lose about 10kg weight. Unfortunately, despite giving up foods to eat a purine-free diet and exercising four times a week, I have gained 2kg. I’m not a diabetic and my glycosylate level is 5.6. Kindly advise me on an appropriate weight loss plan.
— Arvind via website
A: You have mentioned that you have B12 vitamin deficiency, but I would like to know if you have taken any measures to correct it.
Our body is designed in a way that if the level of any vitamin is below normal, our body tends to hold on to the weight. Thus, a deficiency can actually prevent or slow down weight loss. Also, has your intake of carbohydrates in the form of roti or rice gone up due to cutting down so many things? Do you exercise? You must do a minimum of 50 minutes of brisk walking at least five times a week. Ideally, consult a dietician to chart out a weight loss plan for you. It is also important that you keep your calcium levels in check.
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