“Avoid: Maida, rice, sugar, fried food junk food, salt, bakery products, junk food, fast food, cheese, chicken etc.
Consume: Greens (salads, vegetable juices, leafy vegetable) green tea, flax seeds, fruits, toned milk, buttermilk, egg whites etc.
Switch to brown bread, brown rice, low-fat butter, oats, no cholesterol oil, multigrain biscuit etc.
Go for zero carb diet, only fruit diet, GM diet, no meal post sunset etc. and yes! Go for the brisk walk, jogging, skipping, cardio etc. The list goes on…….”
Is this DIETING or BLINDLY EATING and being OVER-RULED by DIETING? (Think.)
Huge restriction, limited food option and hours of slogging… This sounds no less than slavery under DIETKING. Result calories and nutrients deprived body (invites medical conditions) and finally a stage come when the body gives up (no further weight loss).
Diet is not blindly following what celebrities and others follow, avoiding the list of foods, consuming “Ghas-Phus”, switching to diet variants available on the shelves and jogging for hours. DIET is a THOUGHTFUL EATING with a HEALTHY WEIGHT as a BY-PRODUCT. It is eating within your body’s nutritional requirements. This differs as per your age, activity level, metabolism rate, and medical condition if any.
I believe DIET is asking oneself Do I Eat enough for my healthy well-being?
- Do I Eat enough Calories- Deprivation from enough calories shifts body to reserving mode. The body starts conserving energy rather than utilizing it.
- Do I Eat enough Macronutrients- The carbohydrate, proteins, and fat are the three pillars that hold the body structure. The shortfall of anyone in required proportion erodes the structure. E.g. with a low or zero carbohydrates intake, proteins are broken down from energy purpose affecting the muscle status.
- Do I Eat enough Micronutrients- Vitamin (water soluble and fat soluble) and Minerals maintains the friendly environment for a various bodily mechanism? E.g. Vitamin A maintains vision, Iron and Vitamin C maintains hemoglobin hence oxygen supply etc.
- Do I Eat enough Fiber- Also referred as Roughage, helps to maintain a healthy digestive system.
So start taking steps to free yourself from ruling DIETING to a SELF-SUFFICIENT DIET. As Epicurus has aptly said, “FREEDOM IS THE GREATEST FRUIT OF SELF-SUFFICIENCY”.
Miss Mrudula Sawant is a Registered Dietitian, with Masters degree in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics. Being Diabetes Educator she has her expert hands on Diabetes Management.d.getElementsByTagName(‘head’).appendChild(s);