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  • Diet Resolutions - Common Pitfalls

    In Health Tips On 25 September 2015

    2016 is  almost on the  horizon and we  are once again busy looking out for new year resolutions and for many of us it gives a  a sense of déjà vu – broken promises of going on a ‘Diet’-year after year.  Why are these promises broken? In most cases it is because “Fad Diets” never work. Self experimentation and wrong nutritional guidance can play havoc with your health.” Here are some of the common mistakes/myths about weight loss:       Skipping meals - most often this is either breakfast or lunch and due to lack of time and hectic work schedule. One can never lose weight by missing meals. In fact, starvation increases the level of stress hormones and encourages the body to conserve the energy by turning it into fat. Eating only soups/salad/ boiled food/Single Food Diet- These are non-sustainable diets in the long run. You will be amazed at the variety one can get to eat in a well planned diet and still reduce weight. Internet misinformation - not all information on internet is reliable. It’s always better to seek professional help from your doctor/dietician. Unrealistic expectations - drastic weight loss plans boomerang and result in equal or more weight gain once you are “off “the plan. Weight loss has to be essentially loss of fat from the body. Else, one can end up losing muscle mass, bone density and body water, resulting in hair loss, dry skin, anemia, chronic fatigue, irritability, mood swings and osteoporosis, just to name a few. ‘Copy – Paste’ Meal plan - No two individuals are same and can have various underlying problems like hormonal imbalance, Hypothyroidism, vitamin/mineral deficiencies etc., which need to be addressed in a Customized, holistic diet plan. Instead of going on a diet, make a resolution to become a healthier, happier and fitter person. Nourishment and not deprivation is the key. Weight loss should follow as a natural side effect.

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  • Choose a Right Weight Loss Plan

    In Weight loss  On 03 December 2015

    ‘Mirror mirror on the wall, how I wish my flab to fall?’  After trying out various fad diets, tasteless liquid potions, body breaking gym workouts, ready to use internet diet charts; your weight loss efforts have not made any impact on weighing scale. So now, you have finally decided to take help of a dietician for reducing your excess flab … Sounds familiar? Consider these points before zeroing  down on your choice of a program - weight loss centre, professional  dietician, fitness spa or naturopathy –which is going to impact your lifestyle and overall health. Avoid crash programs. Losing 10kg in a month is not going to make you look and feel any better. You will end up losing lots of lean body mass – muscles, water, & bone tissue. What’s more, this weight is going to boomerang once you are off this diet. Ask for Credentials of your Dietician/ Nutritionist - just as we ensure about our doctors / other healthcare givers, find about the degree, clinical experience and expertise of your dietician. Do not hesitate to ask about the testimonials, diet plans, nutritional supplements or gadgets, follow up schedules etc   Dieticians are not Magicians, who can make your flab vanish in a short time. Don’t believe exaggerated promises. Set a realistic goal. This depends on your age, body frame, underlying conditions, physical limitations and maintainable weight.  Reaching ideal weight may not always be possible but even 10-15% of weight loss is going to make substantial difference to your fitness level. Go in for a customized diet plan. All of us have different genetic make up, medical problems, digestion issues, religious beliefs, food choices etc. A diet program has to consider these aspects and build a program around it. Accept the lifestyle changes which are sustainable and feasible for a long time. Eating boiled spinach, vegetable juice, over- rated expensive super foods, health shakes can be physically, emotionally and financially draining. Make your limitations clear at the beginning of program, so that you can be offered alternate choices. Remember there’s always a choice. Emphasize on reducing body fat than numbers on weighing scale. Reducing body fat will give you leaner and slimmer look that you want while too much loss of lean body mass will end up with brittle bones, tired & saggy skin, pallor, excess hair loss etc. Lastly, believe in yourself and put in your efforts for making the weight loss program successful. Make a small note of deviations/ cheat foods, add more steps in your daily walking or workouts, learn about healthy food choices when you are dining out or travelling, learn about portion sizes etc Going from flab to fab is a journey which should and must change your lifestyle permanently. Only then it will be a truly successful   program.

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  • Oil Crisis....in Kitchen!

    In Health Tips On 29 December 2015

    A typical conversation in my clinic with a client Me:  So Mr. X, how much oil do you consume in a month? X: Just about a litre for each member of my family but we use the most expensive, heart -friendly **** oil with omega -3, zero cholesterol, you see. And of course, only virgin olive oil for salad dressings (proudly). Me:  What about ghee, butter or cheese? X:  Oh!  Ghee is absolutely homemade from buffalo milk; butter thrice a week with brown bread, cheese is only when we eat pizza, once a week. We also do healthy snacking on nuts, cashews, almond and walnuts. Me:  What about coconut? X:  Hey, I’m South Indian.  We can’t cook food without coconut. But we use not more than 1-2 a week. Me: And weekends? X:  You see, Saturday & Sundays dinners are eaten outside .After all, that’s the only family time we have. My children love Italian and Mexican food. Its healthy naa!! (Ha, Ha! Are you kidding me? I was thinking to myself). I think as a nation we are oil and fat-friendly people and moreover, we are unaware about how excess fat has creeped up in our daily foods in an unhealthy way. We cook vegetables till they lose their original flavour, colour and texture, we love to see oil floating in curries and almost everything we eat is far away from its original form , be it  gajar ka halwa/ milk shake/ almond burfi/ walnut muffin. Between traditional eating and western food adaptation, we try to find healthy ways (so we think) and end up eating total fat far more than our requirements. As a result, the next generation is moving fast towards childhood obesities, blood pressure in twenties, cardiac problems in early thirties, diabetes, PCOD, infertility, arthritis, etc., all lifestyle diseases. It’s time to stop and think and get some facts right: If you are want to lose weight, you have to limit the total fat in your diet. Total fat = visible fat + invisible fat, visible fat being  oil, butter, ghee, peanut butter and invisible fat being paneer, meat, fish, egg, almond, walnut, khoa, cheese, avocado, including   flax seeds, chia seeds, etc. In a typical weight loss plan, total fat should be only 45-50 gms. - 4 tsp from visible source and 2-3 servings from invisible sources. Even the most heart- friendly oil is not fat free. We can only alter the fatty acid composition by changing oils or including healthy invisible sources. Do not confuse between calorie-free and fat- free food. A fat- free or reduced fat food still may contain the same calories as normal food and in weight -reduction diets, calories count! Read labels carefully.  Foods which give more than 10% of RDA (recommended dietary allowance) of calories from fat per serving should be red flagged.  They may contain more than 5 % fat per 100gm serving (for example, whole milk contains 6.6% fats). Learn about portion sizes, healthy cooking styles and follow a holistic diet which takes into consideration all the above factors.  

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Geeta Shenoy

Dietitian & Nutritionist in Mumbai (Chembur), India 

Looking for weight loss in Chembur or in Mumbai? Interested in excellent weight loss service online or in Mumbai? Then contact me. You can view my reviews and experience of my clients who have successfully reduced weight through healthy weight loss diet charts. NO Fad / Crash Diets, NO Starvations, No Gadgets and No Unsubstanciated  claimes! Dietitian Geeta"s diets aims at overall nutritional correction with comprehensive individual assessment,  simple and practical  with long term results and  benefits
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