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Weight Management - How Can Online Diet Consultation Help?

Diploma In Diet & Nutrition, Diploma In Dietitics, Health & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Weight Management - How Can Online Diet Consultation Help?

With growing digitalisation, the types of weight management consultations, which are offered online are also increasing at a rapid rate. These consultations range from being generic and applicable to all too specialised ones designed to suit your body type and lifestyle only.

Availing them online instead of availing them in person comes with a number of benefits as listed below:

  1. Designed to suit your convenience: These particular weight loss programs are available online which is why they are designed in a way to conform to your convenience. You can refer to them at any time when you feel is right, which makes them flexible and more comfortable to avail.
  2. They come with a variety of features: The online weight management courses come with a variety of features to suit your needs. Almost all programmes offer goal setting/target and a daily/weekly planner and tracker. Some also give you the liberty of choosing a free trial, weight loss buddy or interacting with the nutritionists privately in a separate chat room.
  3. Personalised help: Certain weight loss programmes give you the option of availing of personalised services of expert nutritionists via chat rooms or telephone and e-mail. These nutritionists aim to understand the composition of your body and design plans to suit your requirements accordingly. These plans are designed according to adhere to your comfort level and lifestyle which makes it a conducive choice.
  4. Opportunity to learn from a diverse group of instructors: Because these programs are based online, the instructors, advisors and nutritionists who apprise you are versatile in terms of their specialisation, diet planning, country of origin etc. They might have specialised in different forms of planning; for instance, a nutritionist based in Morocco will help you whip up healthy middle-eastern delicacies while someone else who specialises in functional training will be able to explain the various exercises which will help you lose weight.

Is GM Diet Actually Helpful In Losing Weight?

Diploma in Dietetics Health and Nutrition, Doctorate Biomedical Sciences, Principle of Nutrition, Doctorate Biomedical Science , MSC Master of Science
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Ghaziabad
Is GM Diet Actually Helpful In Losing Weight?

There are a lot of diets that are popular with people for a variety of reasons. Some of them are easy to sustain, some of them have instant effects and some of them have long-term effects. There are a few diets that combine all of these traits, and the GM diet happens to be one of them. The GM diet first appeared on the Internet about four years ago and has had a loyal group of followers since. 

Let's see what the GM diet is all about.

What is the GM Diet? 

The GM Diet is a seven-day diet plan which was supposed to have been created by General Motors for their employees. It was rumoured that they paid a hefty sum to a research lab to come up with the ultimate diet plan. But General Motors soon released a statement where they denied any involvement with the diet plan. But the name stayed on and the diet was soon circulated via emails and forums all over the Web and more people tried it out with different results.

Let's see what the diet looks like. 

  1. Day one of the GM diet begins with consumption of only fruits. Any fruits work except bananas. Water melons are highly recommended on day one. Day one is supposed to prepare your body for the rest of the week. 
  2. Day two has to start with a baked potato for breakfast. This gives you your morning dose of complex carbohydrates. Through the rest of the day, you have to eat raw or boiled vegetables and you can eat to your heart's content. You can also have vegetable soup. Make sure you avoid coconut and oil in the preparation. 
  3. On day three, you have to eat only fruits and vegetables. Avoid fruit juice or vegetable juice. Avoid the morning potato and avoid oil. Avoid bananas on this day. You can use herbs and natural taste-makers in your preparations. 
  4. Day four is a tough one. On this day, you may have only bananas and milk. You may have up to eight bananas and about 3-4 glasses of milk on this day. You can also have the special GM soup on this day, which helps break the monotony of the bananas and milk. Also, have up to 8-10 glasses of water on this day. 
  5. On day five, you can binge a bit. On this day you are supposed to have just lean beef and tomatoes. You can again eat as much as you like on this day. You can replace beef with lean chicken meat or a mix of vegetables like beans, lentils, and tofu. These replace the proteins you get from beef. Make sure you consume plenty of water. 
  6. On day six, you should have a mix of lean beef and vegetables. You can also have the GM Special Soup on day six. Vegetarians should have a mix of the vegetables from day five. You may also have sprouts in place of beef. 
  7. And on the seventh day, you can have brown rice, vegetables and fruits. Fruit juices are also allowed on this day. This wraps up the GM diet plan. You can return to your regular diet from the 8th day, albeit with caution. 

This diet is supposed to make you lose anywhere from one to five kilograms on the eighth day. The diet also plays a detox role by cleaning your body of its impurities. No alcohol is supposed to be consumed during the week. You are allowed to have tea and coffee, but you must avoid adding milk and sugar as this adds unnecessary calories. Also, ensure that you consume adequate water during the diet. Try and avoid working out while you are on this diet as it is possible you may experience fatigue.

Is the GM Diet Effective? 

Different people have had different experiences with the GM diet. While most people rave about the diet, some feel it is not effective in the long run. The GM diet helps you in losing between one to five kilograms by day eight. The diet is also important for detoxifying and cleaning your body of impurities and toxins. The GM diet has proven to be effective for quick weight loss.

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What Are Healthy Eating Options During Vacations?

Dt. Divya Singhal 89% (17 ratings)
Diploma in Dietician Health & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
What Are Healthy Eating Options During Vacations?

Vacations are a brilliant escape from our hectic schedule when we can enjoy our time with our close ones. But vacations also call for one thing and that is fitness. Yes, without the right fitness and physical stature, you will not be able to enjoy your vacation and fall ill.

When we are in the 'vacation mood', it is very often seen that people follow a dietary routine that is absolutely not what they follow at home. Due to the different food and schedule, the diet tends to change. So, here are some healthy eating options that you will be of great help when on vacations.

1. Plan a diet - We know it is difficult to follow a particular diet plan when you are on a vacation. But that is what causes health problems later on. Plan a diet of at least the timings of the meal you have and include some common items which you also eat at home into these meals. Getting a common item to eat helps a lot and does not cause a complete imbalance to the diet.

2. Pack healthy food - When you are on a vacation you would not want to face a stomach upset, right? So, it is important that you pack healthy foods like fresh fruits, dry nuts, ready-made energy bars, etc. These are really good for your body and also keep the proper balance in the minerals inside your system.

3. Think and indulge - Since you are on a vacation, you will get the opportunity to grab a bite of various food items which you would avoid if you were at home. So, always think twice before indulging into different food items that may not be a very healthy choice to make. However, a bite once a while will not do you any harm!

4. Always rely on water - Water is your best friend when you are travelling for a vacation. A sip of water constantly will keep your body hydrated and allow it to function properly. Make sure you have purified water from a safe tank or filter. You can also mix some energy powder into it to ensure that energy salts remain in your body. Many people also eat fruits along with water for energy and filling appetite.

5. Choose vegetarian food - You can always enjoy a nice plate of your favourite meat cooked for you but you must keep in mind that meat is particularly heavy on the stomach.

So, you will need to follow a proper diet plan to compensate the heavy meal you took and that seems to be a bit difficult on a vacation, isn't it? Therefore, try to eat vegetables and veg items on the menu as much as you can because they are light and fresh as well. So, here are the different kinds of healthy eating options that you can choose to follow when you are on a vacation.

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Diabetes - How Diet Can Help Control It?

BSc, Pg Diploma In Food Science & Nutrition, Sensory Evaluation of Food, Certified Diabetes Educator
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Diabetes - How Diet Can Help Control It?

Diabetes is one of the worst diseases which has gripped majority of people today, thanks to our erratic work schedule followed by a lack of exercise and sleep, aggravated by the overindulgence in junk food. But, the good news is that you can control and even reverse diabetes by following some simple dietary tips.

The fact is dieting doesn’t mean starving; you can have tasty nutritious food which is mentally and physically rejuvenating.

Here are a few dietary tips you should follow to keep your blood sugar levels in check-

  1. Include adequate vegetables in your diet; especially which have high fibre content. Leafy vegetables such as spinach and vegetables such as peas, broccoli and beans are a must.
  2. Include high fibre foods such as chickpea wheat, oats and millets in your diet.
  3. Milk has the perfect combination of protein and carbohydrate and can control blood sugar levels.
  4. Make sure you eat pulses, especially those with husk and sprouts, as they keep your blood glucose levels normal. Even when you are having noodles, you must add sprouts to them apart from the vegetables.
  5. Foods which are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids are excellent for combating diabetes. These include flax seed oil, nuts, fatty fish; these have a very small level of cholesterol.
  6. Consume high fibre fruits such as papaya, pear, orange, guava etc. Eat those fruits which have high sugar content such as mangoes or grapes, in moderation.

These are some of the foods which you should include in your diet. In addition, there are few everyday tips which you should follow-

  1. Make sure to have small frequent meals comprising of high fibre and low in carbohydrate foods.
  2. Methi or fenugreek seeds have high diabetes controlling mechanisms. Soak one tablespoon of the seeds in 100 ml of water overnight and have it in the morning.
  3. Exercise helps in managing blood sugar levels.
  4. Losing weight improves the functioning of the insulin.

Tip for sticking with a diabetes-friendly diet plan-

First and foremost, take small, manageable steps. Choose two or three things you want to work on. Once you feel you have mastered those you can move on to two or three more steps towards a healthier diet.

Are You Also Committing These Awful Dietary Mistakes?

Certification In Nutrition & Weight Management, B.Com, Certificate In Food & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Are You Also Committing These Awful Dietary Mistakes?

AWFUL MISTAKES MOSTLY EVERY DIETER DOES-

1. Low Fat Diet - Fats are not to be feared, rather your body needs dietary fats and cholesterol to produce all vital hormones.

2. Only Fruit Joice For B/F - Most fruit juices raises blood sugar , so your body produces more insulin consequently you'll get hungry and overeat later.

3. Eating Fake Foods - Eating diet foods , protein bars or expensive low fat foods can never help as you never feel satisfied.

4. Increase Gymming Or Workout - If you don't workout definitely you will gain fat and lose muscle tissue every year. But workout for several hours or join too many fitness classes will not give you the desired result so workout little less as more can increase free radicals and these free radicals can destroy your body's essential nutrients and tissues .

5. Don't Blame Your Age - You are fat because you eat more or you sleep less or you don't move at all otherwise a research shows that men and women in their 90's were also able to lose weight and gain muscle . 

6. Take Dinner Too Early - Most people when on diet eat dinner too early which is wrong because by the time you sleep you get  hungry again which can interfere with your sleep .

A study shows that most of the people consider workout as a license to binge and eat more when they workout!

Conclusion - Diet plans are great when it comes to losing weight, but only when it is done right. So, it is important to consult a dietician before starting a diet plan.

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Best Diet For Weight Loss!

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Gurgaon
Best Diet For Weight Loss!

The Indian population practices Hinduism, a religion that promotes a vegetarian or lacto-vegetarian diet.

The traditional Indian diet emphasizes a high intake of plant foods like vegetables, lentils and fruits, as well as a low consumption of meat.

However, obesity is a rising issue in the Indian population. With the growing availability of processed foods, India has seen a surge in obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes.

Obesity is the most prevalent form of malnutrition across the globe.

 

Obesity has a far-ranging negative effect on health. The health effects associated with obesity include, but are not limited to, the following:

So to prevent these negative effects one should maintain ideal body weight. But the question comes is which diet is best for weight loss?

Now if we talk about best diet, all types of cuisine are best in themselves but the only thing which is not right is over-consumption of certain foods which are processed i.e.fried, salted, sugary.

So to prevent obesity or a good weight loss diet includes the following features: 

10 Recommended Indian Diet for Weight Loss Tips-

1. Don’t skip meals.  

2. Eat more frequently

3. Have home-made foods

4. Increase the stock of healthy foods

5. Add all the food groups into your diet plan

6. Choose smaller plates and bowls

7. Don’t go to parties with an empty stomach

8. Limit the usage of sugar and salt

9. Eat more fruits & vegetables

10. Avoid zero carbs /restricted diet plans.

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6 Healthy Lunch Dishes For Guaranteed Weight Loss

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Msc - Dietetics and Community Nutrition, Certificate in Food and Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Panchkula
6 Healthy Lunch Dishes For Guaranteed Weight Loss

Opting for healthier choices of food can make your lunch the most important and beneficial meal of the day during the ever present rush of work. Here are a few lunch dishes which will not only keep you energized and filled but also at the same time helps you lose weight.

Read on to find out more about them:

1. Egg Sandwich

Eggs are a very healthy and nutritious choice for any meal. Egg sandwiches are compact as it provides carbohydrates from the bread, protein from eggs and vitamins and other essential nutrients from the vegetables and Greek yogurt which is used as a base. Opt for brown bread and your egg sandwich ends up being a healthy delightful dish you can happily gorge on.

2. Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas) and Chapatti

Chickpeas are very nutritious and they are also high in protein. Use them in a curry with vegetables like tomatoes, onions and such. Some Chapatti along with this curry makes a healthy balanced meal.

3. Chicken Stew

Chicken stew is very healthy. Try having it with vegetables like capsicum and onions. A bowl of chicken stew is highly nutritious and healthy as well as helpful for weight loss.

4. Stir Fry

A stir fry of carrots, beans, cabbage, peas and sesame seeds will do wonders for your health. Add a dash of lemon to make it tangy and tasty. This stir fry is very nutritious as it has an assortment of vegetables which provide you vitamins, minerals, amino acids and protein as well.

5. Berries and Oatmeal

Berries and oatmeal are helpful in loosing weight. When you mix berries, such as blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and other variety of berries you boost the fiber content of your oats dish, which in turn helps you loose weight. Further, adding berries to oatmeal is a great way to enhance the flavour of your meal. Adding berries will keep you energized, filled and not add to your waistline. Apart from berries, you can also add foods, such as Almonds, Walnuts, Chia seeds, Kiwi & Pomegranate to your oatmeal lunch dish as they also help in reducing weight.

6. Egg and Rice Salad

Made from just brown rice, a hard-boiled egg, green beans and some walnuts, this dish is a compact meal which gives you fiber, protein and omega-3 fats which in turn keeps you full and also helps you to reduce your waistline as it has low calorific content.

 

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Anorexia Bulimia - How To Handle It?

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Anorexia Bulimia  - How To Handle It?

An eating disorder, mostly appears when your food habits reach levels of extremity.
Anorexia nervosa and Bulimia are two main and the most common eating disorders found in men and women. One is the lower extreme while the other is the higher extreme in terms of food intake.

Anorexia

People who are affected with anorexia think of themselves to be very overweight in spite of actually being very slim and thin. Anorexia inflicted people consume less than a thousand calories per day. They exercise rigorously and try to find more ways to lose weight. They vomit a lot due to the insufficient diet and suffer more.

The treatment for anorexia nervosa generally includes a mix of mental treatment, and regulated weight gain program. An anorexia patient should seek treatment as early as possible. The best ways to deal with anorexia are:


-  Psychological Treatment

Various psychological treatments can be used to cure anorexia of different stages. They are- Cognitive analytic therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, focal psychodynamic therapy. A family's response is also an important psychological factor. Proper encouragement and effort should be given.


-  Weight gain program

This measure will guide an anorexic patient to improve his diet habits and slowly gain weight. A patient is monitored carefully, traits are recognized and a likewise diet pattern is given.

Bulimia

Bulimia nervosa is another category of eating disorder. The main characteristic of this disorder is  overeating in the highest level. Binge eating is observed, followed by attempts by the affected individual to lose weight. A bulimia patient is constantly trapped in the cycle of overeating and then thinking about losing weight.

Maybe you do not like the idea of binge eating and fear getting obese, but once affected by bulimia a patient cannot follow this and binge eats. Later, they adapt extreme measures for losing weight.

The primary methods to deal with bulimia are:


-  Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy includes examining your bulimia and related issues with an expert. It is proven that these sorts of psychotherapies restrict the symptoms of bulimia. The three modes of psychotherapy include- Cognitive-behavioral therapy, Family-based therapy and Interpersonal psychotherapy.


-  Medications
Medicines such as anti-depressants can be taken by bulimia patients along with psychotherapy. Prozac is a recommended and effective medicine.


-  Proper diet plan

For bulimia affected patients, having a proper balanced diet is very essential. A diet expert should be consulted, who will make the most essential food pattern for you. Undertaking a weight loss program is also recommended.

Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia should be avoided, and you should know the best ways to deal with them.
 

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Diet Planning!

Dt. Rukhsana Azhar 85% (13 ratings)
M.Sc - Dietetics & Food Service Management, B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics, POST GRADUATE CLINICAL COURSE IN DIABETES MANAGEMENT
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Purnia
Diet Planning!

Take small and frequent meals as per dietician suggestion, on appropriate timings of the day, to get effective results.

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Adrenal Fatigue Diet Plan!

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Adrenal Fatigue Diet Plan!

Adrenal Fatigue Diet Plan!

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