Why do people Diet ? –
Some are at an unhealthy weight and need to pay closer attention to their eating and exercise habits.
Some play sports and want to be in top physical condition.
Others may think they would look and feel better if they lost a few pounds.
What does unhealthy body or lifestyle do to us ? –
Poor nutrition, Poor health, and Weight gain are the features.
Being overweight is a risk factor for a variety of chronic health problems including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, and depression.
Fortunately, losing weight can reduce your risk of developing some of these problems.
Your Overall health risk may be calculated by Body Mass Index – which is body mass divided by the square of the body height
People with a BMI of less than 18.5 are underweight.
A BMI of between 18.5 and 25 is ideal.
Somebody with a BMI between 25 and 30 is classed as overweight.
A person with a BMI over 30 is obese
Carrying this weight – what does it really mean
Once a fat lady was continuously complaining of paining legs, knees, waist and back ache. The doctor explained, just imagine if your ideal body weight is 60 Kgs and I give you 40 Kgs in a sack to carry with you through the day and night, how would it feel ?
The aim is Our Body should be fit, with no excess fat and not stress us out
e.g. pot belly stresses our lower back and knees,
Extra baggage adds unnecessary strain onto different parts and organs of our body, hence we should definitely not carry excess weight on our body
There are Zillions of ways to loose weight – and no one is perfect. The most popular ones in todays times are diet plans by Rujuta Diwekar, the GM diet and the Keto Diet. All give wonderful results, depending on which one suits you and the one you are able to keep up the pace with.
I will share about my favourite one – which I have used in times of great distress– it’s the closest to my heart - GM diet –
GM Diet was developed by the General Motors to help keep their employees stay in shape. This diet system involves the consumption of specific foods per day, in contrast to weekly schedules of other diets.
The GM diet plan help you reduce close to 2.5 Kgs to 7.5 Kgs in 7 days. Not only does it improve the mental and physical state of the person following the diet, it also helps to cleanse and detoxify your body.
Although the initial diet was all non vegetarian, the Richie’s vegetarian diet plan is:
Day 1 – Fruits
Day 2 – Vegetables and salads
Day 3 – Fruits & Vegetables
Day 4 – Milk & Banana
Day 5 – Proteins, Tomatoes & Lots of water
Day 6 – 1 cup rice & Vegetables
Day 7 – 1 cup rice & vegetables and fruit juices
Club this with 10 glasses of water every day
And VOILA ! You come out much lighter at the end of the 7th day !!
Now comes the tricky part – its easier said than done. Some of the objections that may come are :
1. Energy and enthusiasm. – When I am on a diet, I am unable to keep up same levels of energy and enthusiasm. For effectiveness of any diet plan – it should be supplemented by a regular exercise routine, as according to nutrition experts, the diet alone would leave the individual tired and weak. Through routine exercise of up to 10 to 30 minutes each day, the body’s metabolism would get regularized and you would be able to keep up with the diet requirements.
2. Hunger pangs – What do I do when I have the urge to eat – when I just cannot hold myself back – A regular routine of morning yogasanas clubbed with few minutes of meditation keeps your focus in place and calms you down – so that you have less of those cravings. Not to forget, the diet asks us to eat more number of times in smaller portions – Don’t go hungry is the mantra
3. No time – It is said that if you can’t take out time for yourself now, in future you will definitely have to take out time for hospital and doctors. And we don’t want to do that, Right ?
4. No Supporting Actor – The diet plan is a push in the direction to motivate you, to make you realize that its possible. But that’s not the end. It’s a complete lifestyle change, which is difficult - Alone. So, try to get a diet buddy who plays along with you in this endeavor.
I have tasted my own medicine and I normally loose about 2.5 kgs at the end of the week of my diet which enthralls me to repeat this diet as and when I need it.
So, Don’t Think, When you know that you have excess weight, don’t let your body suffer, Adopt a healthier Lifestyle.
When you think of quitting, think about why you started.
Take Care of your body. Its the only place you have to live in.