Anti Obesity Day is celebrated every year on November 26 which aims at highlighting how obesity is a public health hazard. While obesity has many risks and can lead to a bevy of chronic diseases from high blood pressure, diabetes to heart disease, there are no short cuts to getting to your ideal weight. Fad diets especially can be dangerous considering they either advice you to focus on specific ingredients rather than a holistic meal or suggest you to go extremely low calorie. Also, Indians tend to follow western diet trends that may not work for us. (Also read: Easy-to-follow weight loss tips for men and women)
“Yes you can be healthy without giving up on any food or food group,” says nutritionist Bhuvan Rastogi in his recent Instagram post. Rastogi says one can get fitter without cutting out anything or having any food in very small quantities.
“We Indians are giving up on food groups because of western generic advice and what changes they usually need. Those words of wisdom don’t work on most Indian diets and most of the time they are a waste of effort or they even backfire,” he says.
WHAT IS FAD DIET
“Every patient I consult these days comes to me after trying every fad diet that messes with their gut and hormones and worsen their disease- be it obesity, poor metabolism, diabetes, PCOS, IBS, colitis, infertility or cancer. I’m sure most of you must know by now what fad diet is but those who dont – ‘A fad diet is a diet that becomes popular for a short time, similar to fads in fashion, without being a standard dietary recommendation, and often making unreasonable claims for fast weight loss or health improvements’,” writes Ayurveda expert Dr Dixa Bhavsar in her recent Instagram post.
WEIGHT LOSS TRAPS TO AVOID
Rastogi lists out weight loss traps one must avoid at all costs when one is having an Indian meal.
– Cut out all carbs or reduce them as much as possible
– Have absurdly large amount of protein
– Have salads as meals or have an exuberant amount of vegetables with meals
– Have green juices, ginger turmeric shots or health shots
– Have only oats in grains
– You need to add avocado to your diet
– Change the oils you have been cooking with for generations.
– And the most absurd, don’t eat foods that are local (which don’t make sense to western literature), list is very long including grains, local sweets, local fruits, chutneys, achaar and even legumes.
“This happens because the western diet and Indian diet are fundamentally different. How the balance in food works is completely different,” says Rastogi.
“According to Ayurveda, one size fits all is a myth because Ayurveda believes we all (body & mind) are different and so we need diff treatment for our sufferings. Treatment/medicine should be bio-individual,” says Dr Bhavsar.
“The most important step to health is eating mindfully. In fad-diets, one eats counting calories, fats, protein, carbs, etc and not considering one’s appetite. According to Ayurveda, Food should always be eaten warm, with Gratitude, according to one’s appetite, only when one is hungry and mindfully (not while working, with stress, anger, guilt or fear),” says Dr Bhavsar.