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March 29, 2010


I have mentioned in some of my previous posts that I am a Dietitian/Nutritionist by profession, the maximum number of people I meet in my practice are overweight and want to lose weight "fast" even to the extent of near starvation!, they tell me about the pathetically low number of nutrient deficient calories they are consuming, and in a desperate voice tell me that they are -"still not losing a single pound", another frequent visitor is that person who has invariably managed to lose some pounds but after a few months has regained the lost pounds and added some more!!I have been seeing an alarming number of these kind of cases so was prompted to write down this post today, now most of us are fighting a forever going on battle with weight loss, some have expressed their thoughts very lucidly like Lynn, and some of us just continue silently with a yo-yo like pattern picking up snippets from magazines, the net, newspapers anything which gives a shortcut to weight loss.To understand why these people are not losing weight we first need to understand that why eating less doesn't always work-If you cut out 1000 calories per day from your maintenance level, that will add to a 7000 calorie deficit in a week, there are 3500 calories in a pound of stored fat so cutting out 7000 calories should give you a weight loss of 2 pounds per week, Right ?, No wrong! It rarely happens that way!!There is a very simple explanation to this- The body has a survival mechanism that kicks in the minute it senses that the number of calories it is getting is lesser than normal, since the human body cannot distinguish between "dieting" and "starvation", it naturally thinks that you are starving and will hold onto it's reserve of calories, thus dieting actually makes you "fat"!
So I guess it makes sense to stay away from very low-calorie diets as these affect your life in many ways like-

  • maybe initially you will lose weight but it will become progressively more and more difficult
  • binging and cravings will go up
  • your metabolic rate will slow down
  • you will feel weak and tired all the time
  • chances of rebound weight gain are high
  • Decrease only a small number of calories (for your RDA see here).
  • Start exercising a lot more to burn that fat, weight training is highly effective.
  • Divide your meals into 6 smaller meals so that your metabolism is high throughout the day, increase intake of protein(calculate the number of calories and macro-nutrients in your diet here).
  • Refrain from both fasting and feasting.
  • Remember it is more important to be fit and healthy.
  • Be patient!.
If you thought that "Nutritious" and "delicious" don't go together then you are in for a happy surprise!It is often thought that Healthy food is bland and boring and if you think so too then these recipes are just for you :)

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Hari Chandana March 29, 2010 at 6:56 PM  

Very Nice Post.. Thanks for sharing!!

Indrani March 29, 2010 at 10:27 PM  

wow, such a lovely informative post...never knew you r a dietician, I'm also trying to loose some baby fat from stomach area..it's so hard. I exercise as much as possible, but don't starve me..hoping to loose weight someday

gretchen March 30, 2010 at 2:51 AM  

thank you so much for sharing your professional opinion on eating healthfully and dieting with us. it is a very sensible and calm approach. your recipes continue to be wonderful. thank you!

Chitra March 30, 2010 at 12:31 PM  

Superb ..A must read post..I too starved sometime back to reduce my weight.That worked out really for sometime and weight increased as soon as i started to eat well.Will follow ur method in future..Thnx :)

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