Health Desk: Oct 23, 2017-- Whether the drive to lose weight is the reflection in front of the mirror, an unkind remark, or good health, a fit and trim body certainly has a premium. And it takes more than just diet to be successful at managing weight.
Make diet a partner for life: Most people say they are motivated and ready to make a permanent shift.
Yet, I find that in actual practice, this does not happen. Usually, this is because of feeling deprived, incomplete understanding, following diet charts mechanically, or diets that do not fit mainstream eating patterns.
Success redefined: Lost kilos equal ‘results’ but they are certainly not ‘success.’ Let us draw from the example of learning vs grades. Grades certainly are desirable but may not have much to do with education and learning as a whole.
Diet redefined: The word diet comes from the Greek word ‘Diaita/dieta’, which means a ‘way of life’. It has very little to do with common perception of diets, diet charts and deprivation.
You are what you eat: Remember that eating differently and eating right will slowly change you, both in terms of hunger and preferences. Smart eating lowers caloric intake often by less than 50 per cent and increases energy levels.
Relationship with food: Eating the right kind of food with optimum nutrition helps you to redefine your relationship with food. Food you thought you could not survive without, may never tempt you again.
Baby steps: Start with small, sustainable dietary changes. Even small differences can make huge differences in the way you feel and your weight.
Set smart goals: Be realistic. For some, a loss of 2-4 kg a month is okay, while for others with insulin resistance or metabolic obesity as little as 1-2 kg a month may be acceptable. Set small targets. For example: monthly or three-monthly goals.
Courtesy: Indian Express