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About Fat

Homeopath, Pune
About Fat

The general wisdom for many years was that all fat should be avoided.

Trans fat, saturated fat, unsaturated fat just stay away from them all. But now scientists realize that fat  and how our bodies process it is much more complex.

Our bodies need some fat for optimal functioning. But we need the right kinds of fat, and we need to practice moderation. Some fats are actually good for you, and others should be avoided at all costs. How do you know which is which?

Fats: the good, the bad, the ugly

Mono-unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are" good fats" and that saturated fats can be consumed in moderation.

Trans fats, however, should be avoided altogether, adds schmitt, explaining that trans fats are dangerous because they raise cholesterol levels. High levels of certain kinds of cholesterol, in particular low-density lipoprotein (ldl) cholesterol (the so-called" bad cholesterol") increase your risk for heart disease and other health conditions, including stroke. So how do we know which foods contain which fats" fats that are liquid at room temperature, like olive oils, are a better choice than foods that are semi-solid, like butter or margarine" the following tips will help you choose a diet rich in mono-unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and low in trans fat.

Mono-unsaturated fat (unsaturated fat): good sources of mono-unsaturated fat are canola and olive oils, most nuts, and avocados.

Tip: spread avocado on a bagel instead of cream cheese. Use olive oil and garlic instead of whole milk and butter for a flavorful twist on mashed potatoes.

Poly-unsaturated fat (unsaturated fat): there are two types of poly-unsaturated fat, omega-6 and omega-3 fats. Get plenty of omega-6 fats in their diet from vegetable oils, primary concern is omega-3 fats. Good sources of omega-3 fats are fish (salmon and tuna), flaxseed, and walnuts.

Tip: snack on a handful of walnuts, or add a tablespoon of ground flaxseed to your morning oatmeal or cereal. You can also add ground flaxseed when you are baking cookies or muffins for an omega boost.

Saturated fat: red meat, fatty meats like salami, dairy products such as cream and butter, and thicker vegetable oils like coconut, palm, and kernel oil are sources of saturated fats.

Tip: enjoy a steak now and then, but try to limit saturated fats to 10 percent of your diet, at the most.

Trans fat: made by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil, a process designed to extend the shelf life of packaged goods, trans fat is found in a wide range of packaged and processed foods, including bakery items, cookies, and crackers.

Tip: current food and drug administration guidelines allow manufacturers to say that their product is" trans fat free" if it contains less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving. Check the labels of processed food for" hydrogenated" or" partially hydrogenated" oils in the ingredients. These words signal that product may have up to 0.5 grams per serving. Eat a few servings, and this starts to add up.

The bottom line? be an educated shopper: know what to look for and the potential pitfalls. Try to do the majority of your shopping on the perimeter of the grocery store, limiting your trips down the inside aisles where most of the trans fat culprits reside. On the perimeter, you can focus on fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, lean cuts of meat and fish, and whole grains fresh from the bakery. Add a little olive oil, and you'll really be cooking!

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Is “Low Fat” A Healthy Choice?

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition (Delhi University)
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Panipat
Is “Low Fat” A Healthy Choice?
“Now -a -days there been a boom in low fat products like fat free desserts, low fat biscuits, calorie counted ready meals. But while our shopping baskets are full bursting with this guilt free foods, our waist lines keep getting bigger.
Find the reason given below:
We all need some fat in our diet, not least because it makes our food palatable and tasty but is essential for our body, In low fat products altering the oil used for producing low fat foods, manufacturers also found they had to increase the amount of sugar in their products so we continued to enjoy their taste and texture.
All of this meant that the typical low fat product tended to be high in carbs, might contain trans fat which are really bad for our heart and at the end of the day had a very similar calorie count to the original fact when we eat foods high in carbs especially white refined ones, our bodies digest them more quickly, this can lead to blood sugar swings and cravings making it more difficult to control our overall calorie intake-which means that second or third ‘low fat’ biscuit starts to look very tempting!
A diet too high in these refined carbs and sugars can be as unhealthy as a high fat diet because it increases the risk of diabetes,heart diseases and causes high cholesterol levels.

Indian Low Carb Diet

Dt. Neha Suryawanshi 97% (15564 ratings)
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

Foods to include in indian low carb diet:-


  • Soaked almonds (5-8 pieces. This is the best way to start your day)
  • Roasted almonds for mid time snacking.

Nuts and seeds –

  • Roasted soybean, roasted bengal gram dal, roasted flax seeds, roasted sunflower seeds for mid time snacking.
  • Rajma / kidney beans – there are a lot of dishes you can make using kidney beans
  • Mexican salsa with chopped veggies
  • Rajma tikki (griddle cake) with coriander or curd and mint leaves dip/ chutney
  • Boiled kidney bean salad
  • Baked kidney beans with little cheese.

Mung dal:

  • Mung dal chilla / savory pan cakes using yellow or green split mung dal. (you can add chopped veggies, coriander or even stuff it with paneer to add to taste and fiber)
  • Mung dal with veggies (recipe of mung dal with veggies)
  • Mung dal soup
  • Mogar (a famous rajasthani preparation made with palak and mung dal)

Panner / cottage cheese:

  • Paneer bhurji with veggies (cook in very little oil)
  • Paneer tikka (marinate with only curd and needed spices, and grill without any oil)
  • Cubed panner salad
  • Palak panner veggie (home made with little or no oil)
  • Sauteed paneer chilly in minimum olive oil


  • Smoothies – use any ow carb fruit (avoid – banana, mango, chikku, custard apple)
  • Salted lassi
  • Buttermilk
  • Flavor yogurt
  • As dressings on salads

Red channa

  • Boiled red channa salad with cucumber, tomatoes and onion.
  • Pressure cooked red channa with tomato gravy (cooked in little or no oil).


  • Mix sprouts salads
  • Mix sprouts dosa / pan cake
  • Mix sprout usal cooked in little or no oil
  • Mix sprouts bhel with little puffer rice.

Plain or flavored, and hot or cold as you like it

Soy bean:

  • Soy milk and tofu
  • Roasted soybean
  • Soy bean chunks or granules with homemade gravies in less oil

Egg white:

  • Boiled, scrambled or poached
  • Omelets with veggies


  • Steamed, broiled, baked or grilled form
  • In salads and brown bread sandwiches

Steamed, broiled, baked or grilled

Now that you now what foods to eat in an indian low carb diet, here are some tips on how you can adapt an indian low carb diet for weight loss.

Tips for following an indian low carb diet:

  • Choose complex carbs: indian low carb diet calls for giving up on consumption of simple carbs and include more of complex carbs through whole grains like brown rice, oats, whole wheat, barley, whole wheat pasta and whole wheat breads. These whole grains are complex carbs containing plenty of fiber. Intake of these foods will facilitate the weight loss process.
  • Increase protein intake: proteins help to get the feeling of satiety. They stabilize the blood sugar level and control your cravings. You can include more of low fat dairy products, lean meats, beans, legumes and a total of around 50 gram protein per day.
  • Go high on high fiber food: having raw salads with your meals and with a good amount of fruits will ensure an increased fibre intake in the diet. Green leafy vegetables are rich in minerals and they help in certain health conditions like blood pressure and diabetes. Being high in fibre, they also aid in weight loss. Besides fruits and veggies, you can add flax seeds, fenugreek (methi) seeds, sprouts and whole grains to your meals.
  • Watch your fat: you need to avoid all trans fats. This means that you have to stay away from fast foods and deep fried foods like fries, cutlets, cheese sticks and pakodas. Try to consume the monounsaturated fats (present in olive oil, peanut oil and mustard seed oil) as they help in limiting your carb intake and in bringing the feeling of satiety. Avoid saturated fats (present in butter, ghee and margarine).
  • Become a wise eater: low carbs and desserts is a rare combination. Most people have a misconception that excluding desserts completely from the diet will allow them to lead a healthy life. In actuality, it’s not about omission, but about choosing your food correctly without depriving yourself! all you need to do is to eat in limitation. Every food, when eaten in limitation, can only benefit your health while undesirable consequences begin to appear once you stop watching your portion intakes. Staying within the limits helps in controlling and maintaining weight apart from helping in avoiding sugar hikes and in maintaining stabilized blood sugar levels. So eat wisely and be healthy.
  • Do regular exercises: after years and years of researches, experts have claimed that any person who is regular in his exercise has an overall better health in comparison to a person who doesn’t exercise. Exercise helps in maintaining a good body weight, it keeps blood sugar levels under control and aids in the better functioning of the heart and other organs. You can increase your carb allowance window by exercising. Note – in my experience of 10 years now I have noticed that an indian low carb diet works to give good weight loss results only if the person includes exercises in his schedule while following the diet.
  • Avoid binging: most of the snacks that we binge on are carbs, whether it is a chocolate, a candy, pastries, chips or fries! if we learn to avoid binging, we will be successful in cutting down on a lot of unwanted carbs. Try to eat your meals in time and most importantly, eat in regular intervals. A gap of more than 4 hours between your meals will make your hunger take a hike and you will jump to take all the unhealthy foods!
  • Balance it out: if you happen to go heavy on your meal either due to a social gathering or a festival or any such occasion where you don’t have much control over your food, then you must balance it out well to avoid sugar splurges in blood. There is nothing wrong in going light once in a while! a complete fruit diet for a meal or just milk and cereals are not bad options!

Now that you have read the tips on adapting an indian low carb diet, you must understand that cutting on the simple carbs is a good idea. But cutting down carbs completely from your meal plan is not really advisable. Here are 2 reasons why you should never completely omit carbs from your meal while following an indian low carb diet.


Why you should not completely omit carbs from your diet:

1] Carbs (glucose) is the only source of energy that your brain and the central nervous system can utilize. So absence of glucose can turn out to have serious ill effects on health.

2] Carbs and fat metabolism – Fats cannot be completely broken down in the absence of carbs. Hence if you are looking for losing fat weight, it is important to have the minimum amount required of carbs to facilitate the complete breakdown of fat or the process of lipolysis. In the absence of carbs, the amount of ketone bodies in the blood stream will accumulate and lead to metabolic disorders like ketosis or acidosis.

The above mentioned reasons will justify the presence of carbs day in strict diets like the general motor’s diet (gm diet). Read – indian version of gm diet.

3] Carbs and exercises – Do you know that without proper carbohydrate intake, you cannot do exercises? carbohydrates are the best fuels for your muscles since they become accessible easily in comparison to proteins and fats.

The process – at the time of digestion, carbs are broken down into glucose, which then enters the bloodstream. The glucose is then picked up by the other cells of the body to produce energy. Glucose, that remains unutilized, is converted and stored as muscle glycogen in the short run and finally gets converted into body fat in the long run. So carbs are needed to supply energy to you while doing physical activities.

Carbohydrates are not bad provided you select the right ones. For example having mango is better than munching potato chips. The nutritional value of carbohydrates depends on the presence of nutrients and on the degree of processing that the food has gone through.

What are the healthy carbs that you should love?

If you have made up your mind to follow an indian low carb diet, you must also know about the healthy carbs that you should include in your regime.

  • Fruits and vegetables: While following an indian low-carb diet, people generally ignore the fruits and vegetables! but these are the healthiest foods of all. According to a study report published by the american institute for cancer research and the world cancer research fund, you can prevent art least 20 percent of all cancers by including 5 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. Another study has proved that the risk of coronary heart disease falls by four percent for every one serving increase of fruits and vegetables each day. Adequate consumption of fruits and vegetables also yields positive effects on bone density.
  • Whole grains: the breads are back – Think of the fiber-packed brown ones and forget about the ones made with refined flour. Whole grains are packed with nutrients and fiber. They contain all the three parts of the kernel. The bran or the outer shell contains b vitamins, fiber and at least 50 percent of the minerals contained in the entire grain. The germ part contains b vitamins, vitamin e, minerals, healthy fats and phytochemicals. The endosperm part contains protein, carbs and smaller amounts of b vitamins. Refined grains only contain the endosperm part and hence the vital nutrients present in the germ and bran are left out. Research suggests that three servings of whole grains per day can cut down your risk of diabetes and coronary heart disease by almost 30 percent. Other health benefits include lowering of serum triglyceride levels and blood pressure and a fall in the risk of gum diseases. Some popular whole grain choices include brown rice, oatmeal, corn and pop corns, wild rice, buckwheat, barley, bulgar wheat and quinoa.
  • Low fat/non-fat yogurt and milk: These carbs add health to your bones and cause a lowering of your blood pressure. These dairy products are good sources of vitamin d, protein, riboflavin and calcium. Yogurt lacks vitamin d. So get your vitamin d from milk and vitamin d-fortified cereals. You should check the fat content of the dairy products. High amounts of saturated fat are not heart-healthy.
  • Beans: Beans are healthy carbohydrates which can prevent cancer. It is known for preventing the reappearance of colon cancer. Research suggests that beans can prevent constipation, lower cholesterol and brings down the risks of coronary heart disease. The nutrients present in beans include protein, folate, potassium, magnesium, fiber and other minerals.
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IS "LOW FAT" A Healthy Choice" ?

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition (Delhi University)
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Panipat
IS "LOW FAT" A Healthy Choice" ?
The Truth behind Low Fat Food Products!

“Now -a -days there been a boom in low fat products like fat free desserts, low fat biscuits, calorie counted ready meals. But while our shopping baskets are full bursting with this guilt free foods, our waist lines keep getting bigger.
Find the reason given below:
We all need some fat in our diet, not least because it makes our food palatable and tasty but is essential for our body, In low fat products altering the oil used for producing low fat foods, manufacturers also found they had to increase the amount of sugar in their products so we continued to enjoy their taste and texture.
All of this meant that the typical low fat product tended to be high in carbs, might contain trans fat which are really bad for our heart and at the end of the day had a very similar calorie count to the original product.Infact when we eat foods high in carbs especially white refined ones, our bodies digest them more quickly, this can lead to blood sugar swings and cravings making it more difficult to control our overall calorie intake-which means that second or third ‘low fat’ biscuit starts to look very tempting!
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Why Is Low Glycemic Index Diet Important?

MD - General Medicine, CCEDM, Fellowship In Neurology & Stroke, Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
Internal Medicine Specialist, Navi Mumbai
Why Is Low Glycemic Index Diet Important?

Did you know that some carbohydrates can make your blood sugar shoot up faster than others? So, when you eat a lot of these good slower acting carbs, you can potentially control your blood sugar levels. The glycemic index is a handy tool that indicates the slow acting good carbs from the fast bad carbs.

What is glycemic index?
It is a simple number that lets you know how fast your body converts carbohydrates in your food into glucose. Two foods with the same number of carbohydrates can end up having different glycemic index numbers. The bigger the number, the higher impact it has on your blood sugar levels.

  • 55 or less is low and good for controlling sugar
  • 56-69 is mediocre
  • 70 or higher indicates a high number and is not so good

Where to Look for the glycemic index or GI?
Look for the indication on the labels of packaged food. You can also find the glycemic index for common foods on the Internet or ask your dietician for the same. Also, keep in mind that natural foods like fruits and veggies have a lower glycemic index than refined or processed foods.

Benefits of low glycemic diet
If you have diabetes, a diet with low glycemic foods can help you manage your condition better.

  • Enhance your cholesterol levels
  • Help in weight management
  • Reduce risk of heart disease
  • Help you stay full for a long time
  • Increase your energy levels
  • Controls blood sugar spikes

Carbohydrates act as an essential fuel for the body. Instead of limiting all carbs, focus on eating the healthy variants. A glycemic index is a great tool that can quickly help you to identify the good carbs from the bad ones.

Find the right balance
If a food has a high GI, does it mean you should avoid consuming it? Well, not necessarily the glycemic index should not be the prime consideration when making choices about what to eat, you should also consider other nutrients. For example, potato chips have a low GI than oatmeal. Also, the portion size of the food matters. It is good to offset a food high in GI with a food low in GI. If you take a food that has a high glycemic index during the day, be sure to balance it with a food that has a lower glycemic index in the night.

Keep in mind that when you eat a well-balanced meal full of protein, fats and carbohydrates, the digestion of the food that has a high GI slows down and shoots up the blood sugar level. So, it is important to find the right balance.

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Low fat diets little impact on long term weight loss

FRHS, Ph.D Neuro , MPT - Neurology Physiotherapy, D.Sp.Med, DPHM (Health Management ), BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Chennai
Low fat diets little impact on long term weight loss

Low fat diets do not result in long term weight loss when compared to low carbohydrates or other higher fat diets according to recent systematic review and meta analysis 

It trials with Weight loss as a primary endpoint.low carbohydrate diets led to better long term weight loss than low fat interventions.higher fat diets had a significantly stronger impact on weight loss compared to low fat diets when the fat intake between both groups of participants was 5 percent or more at follow up 

9 Diet Hacks to Help You Lose Fat!

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition, B.Sc. - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Indore
9 Diet Hacks to Help You Lose Fat!

It is quite evident that losing fat is not an easy task. If it were, people wouldn’t have spent on a million different diet plans and products. However, even the smallest weight loss tricks or changes in food habits can make a huge difference as far as dietary or weight loss plans are concerned. Given below 9 simple tricks that can be easily incorporated so that you can lose more fat.

  1. Modify your crockery: Fooling yourself with fancy plates and glasses as well as other tableside items can go a long way in helping you reduce your body fat. Small modifications in dinnerware is capable of tricking you into eating lesser amounts than usual. Using smaller plates makes the portions of food seem larger. Similarly, thinner and taller glasses make the beverages look bigger. Colours of the plates have a role to play too. Plates should be of such colour that it is in contrast to the foods normally consumed.
  2. Choice of Alcoholic Beverages: alcohol consumption leads to an increased weight or calorie count. Hence, the choice of alcohol must be done with respect to the number of calories it adds.
  3. Salads and sauces: Being one of the easiest changes that can be made, having salads and sauces on the side can helping in controlling the amount of gravy or dressing consumed.
  4. Imagination: A mental image, which enables you to think that you are going to eat more than you should, should be developed which would aid you prevent overeating. It is believed that the imagination of overindulging hampers our motivation to eat in excess.
  5. Intermittent Fasting: Body fat is reduced when food is normally consumed within a smaller period of time than usual.
  6. Reduced Carbs: Maintaining a diet low in carbohydrates not only helps in reducing fats in the body but also forces the body to use the stored fat in the form of energy.
  7. Discard diet soda: Although diet sodas do not contain calories, consumption of diet soda forces you into eating more food and hence adding body weight. A healthier replacement would be drinking cold lemon water.
  8. Add more vegetables: Most fat loss plans end in consuming more vegetables. A simple trick like doubling the amount of vegetables in any recipe can go a long way in reducing fat.
  9. Water: Drinking large amounts of water is very helpful for losing fat. If you drink water before a meal, hunger and in turn, intake of fatty foods is reduced. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dietitian/Nutritionist.
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Eating Chocolate On A Low Carb Diet!

Dt. Neha Suryawanshi 97% (15564 ratings)
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
Eating Chocolate On A Low Carb Diet!

When it comes to chocolate, darker is usually healthier. Dark chocolate is generally made with a high ratio of chocolate solids and very little added sugar

Choosing low carb chocolate

  1. Choose dark chocolate made from at least 70% cocoa solids
  2. Choose chocolate that hasn’t come in contact with any gluten-containing grains.
  3. Select chocolate produced organically by people working under fair conditions.
  4. Choose specifically labeled low carb chocolate.
  5. Double check the label for net carbs and hidden carbs.

The chocolate rules

For health benefits and weight loss, dark chocolate enjoyed in moderation on a low carb diet is possible – but there are rules.

  1. Set a “chocolate limit” and eat only a realistic amount – a few square inches.
  2. Count your carbs and your calories. Be strict, honest and accurate.
  3. If your cravings for sweets increase, reconsider your decision to eat chocolate.
  4. Eat a maximum of 10 net carbs per hour to avoid insulin spikes.

Your best chocolate choices

Low carb chocolate is readily available online and in retail stores. The amount of choices is mind-boggling. These all-natural choices are the highest in nutritional value and the lowest in net carbs.

Eating dark low carb chocolate rules:

 1. Natural dark chocolate

Dark chocolate can be a part of your low carb diet or keto plan. Dark chocolate is low in carbs and contains powerful disease-fighting antioxidants. Use the darkest chocolate you can find with real cacao and cocoa butter.

2. Organic raw cacao nibs

  • Navitas-naturals-organic-raw-cacao-nibs
  • Organic raw cacao nibs are “nature’s chocolate chips,” boasting a strong, raw dark chocolate flavor. Snack on these chocolate nibs or use them in recipes.
  • Plentiful source of antioxidants and magnesium

 3. Organic cacao powder

Cacao powder offers a rich taste and bold chocolate flavor. Viva labs cacao powder is made from criollo cacao beans – the highest quality cacao without bitterness.

4. Low carb cocoa powder

  • Viva labs cacao powder is unprocessed, retaining important nutrients like magnesium, calcium, iron, fiber and protein.
  • Antioxidants in cacao provide cellular defense against the effects of free radicals, improving the look of skin and promoting cellular repair and rejuvenation.
  • Lift your mood, elevate energy and burn more fat. Add cacao to your favorite cup of bulletproof coffee and smoothies.

 5. Atkins low carb chocolate

  • Atkins endulge low carb chocolate bars
  • The atkins company features an endulge line. Each low carb chocolate treat has less than 4 net carbs. Grab three free full-size atkins bars (and the quick start kit) here.
  • These chocolate bars do have artificial sweeteners, so track your progress. Some low carbers experience a diet stall when eating these types of low carb treats.

6. Russell stover low carb chocolate

  • Russell stover low carb chocolate
  • Russell stover low carb chocolatelow carb chocolate speeds weight loss has a flavored line: pecan delight, milk chocolate dotted with almonds, truffles and french.
  • Stover chocolates are artificially sweetened and have 0.3 net carbs per square.

7. Amber lyn low carb chocolate

  • Amber lyn low carb dark chocolate
  • Amber lyn chocolatelow carb chocolate speeds weight loss strives to give the “perfect chocolate experience” – especially to low carbers. Their rich, low carb dark chocolate has only 2 net carbs per bar.

8. Hershey sugar free low carb chocolate

  • Hershey’s 1 carb chocolate barslow carb chocolate speeds weight loss are available at popular drug stores and grocers.
  • This corporate giant’s 1 net carb collection of chocolate bars come in three flavors: chocolate candy, chocolate candy with soy chips and chocolate candy with almonds.

Should you be eating chocolate?

Thinking of adding chocolate to your low carb diet? first, weigh the pros and cons.

Chocolate pros

  1. Chocolate has antioxidants and helps repair free radical damage.
  2. Dark chocolate is a good source of iron, magnesium, copper and manganese.
  3. Dark chocolate is low or very low in sugar.
  4. Cocoa butter is a healthy, low in polyunsaturated fat.
  5. Eating chocolate on a low carb cheat day speeds fat loss.

Chocolate cons

  1. Dark chocolate still has some sugar – a toxin.
  2. Chocolate often triggers sugar cravings and carb binges.
  3. Many chocolates have soy lecithin, an emulsifying agent.
  4. Some chocolates are cross-contaminated with gluten grains.
  5. Global chocolate is sometimes made in exploitative or unsafe working conditions.
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High fat diet, prostate cancer prone

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
Diets high in saturated fat increase the risk of prostate cancer. As per a report from University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston published in the International Journal of Cancer:

• Men who consume high saturated animal fat diet are two times more likely to experience disease progression after prostate cancer surgery than men with lower saturated fat intake.

• There is also shorter "disease–free" survival time among obese men who eat high saturated fat diet compared with non–obese men consuming diets low in saturated fat.

• Men with a high saturated fat intake had the shortest survival time free of prostate cancer (19 months)

• Non–obese men with low fat intake survived the longest time free of the disease (46 months).

• Non–obese men with high intake and obese men with low intake had "disease–free" survival of 29 and 42 months, respectively.

Take home messages

• High saturated fat diet has been linked to cancer of the prostate

• Reducing saturated fat in the diet after prostate cancer surgery can help reduce the cancer progression.

• Cancer prostate has the same risk factors as that of heart blockages and both are linked to high saturated fat intake.

• With an increase in number of heart patients, a corresponding increase in prostate cancer patients is also seen in the society.

Crash Diet = Low Calorie Diet - Why It Never Works?

fellowship in diabetes, Professional Training in Mind Body Medicine, MS, MBBS
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Ahmedabad
Crash Diet = Low Calorie Diet - Why It Never Works?

Going on a diet isn’t restricted to obese or overweight people. Even a relatively fit person might be tempted to go on a crash diet before a major social event like a wedding in the family. Crash diets suggest drastically cutting down your calorie intake so that your body goes into starvation mode. But, whatever be your reason for dieting, did you know that going on a crash diet can do more harm than good?

Here are a few reasons why you should not follow these diets.

  1. The weight loss is temporary: Sure, if you cut out all forms of carbohydrates and survive only on fresh juices and water, you will look slimmer but this look will not last for more than a few days. Crash diets are never advised for more than a few days and the moment you restart including carbs in your diet, you will bounce back to your original weight. Also, the weight you lost isn’t because the fat content in your body went down but because you lost water weight.
  2. It causes emotional side effects: Looking good is supposed to make you feel good but going on a crash diet can bring out the ugly side of your emotions. When the body is starved of nutrients, it makes a person grumpy, sad and irritable. You are also likely to feel lethargic and tired. This puts you at a higher risk of binge eating later which will make you put on more weight than you supposedly lost.
  3. You lose good fat: Not all fat is harmful to the body. A certain amount of fat is necessary for the functioning of various organs in the body. Going on a crash diet can cause a deficiency in healthy fats and essential fatty acids. This hampers metabolism and can cause a number of health issues in the long run. Depriving your body of all kinds of fat will also create an urge to eat fatty foods that are richer in bad fats as compared to good fats.
  4. It can harm your heart: Low-calorie diets not only deprive your body of essential nutrients but can also lower your immunity and damage your veins and arteries. In the long run, it can damage your heart muscles and increase the risk of cardiovascular conditions such as palpitations, shortness of breath, strokes and heart attacks. It can also cause tears in the heart muscles that increase the risk of heart diseases such as arteriosclerosis.

Lastly, crash diets are not something that can ever be sustained. Hence, instead of falling for such fads, eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, stay away from processed foods and exercise regularly.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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