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Top 10 Tips To Lose Weight

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B.Sc - Home Science Food & Nutrition, M.Sc - Home Science Food & Nutrition, RD
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Thane  •  19 years experience
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Hello everyone,

 I am Pradnya Padhye. I am a registered dietician. I have been practicing for the last 16 years and in this video I am going to share with you the top 10 mantras to lose weight the right way. Number 1 eating less does not equal to weight loss. Eating less not only deprives the body of the vital nutrients that are required but you also have a chance of binge eating later in the day.

The second important thing is to remember that eating frequently is very important. Eating frequently not only gives your body the boost in the metabolism that it requires but it also ensures a regular supply of energy and helps you avoid eating large portions later on in the day. Long gaps can be avoided by including healthy options such as almonds, walnuts, fruits, nuts, buttermilk etc. The third important factor is to ensure that you are having enough of water. Enough water not only keeps us well hydrated but also helps the body throw toxins out of the system. You need to have 1 litre for every 20 kilos of human weight. Staying hydrated also helps you eating large portions at a time.

Carbohydrates: carbohydrates are made to look like demons. It is very important to realize that not all carbohydrates are bad. It is the refine carbs which we consume in the form of white sugar, sweets, refine carb products or the maida products like bread, biscuits etc that do the damage to the body. Our body requires complex carbohydrates which are available in the form of whole wheat, different millets such as ragi, jawar, bajra; they not only nourishes and give us the energy that our body requires but they are also good source of micronutrients such as iron, calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc and so on.

Fats: keeping fats away is what is often thought as the easiest way to lose weight but a point again to be noted is that not all fats are bad fats. It is the trans fats such vanaspati, dalda, hydrogenated fat or the re-fried oil which we consume unknowingly in the form of chips, fried, waffers, vada, samosa that are responsible in clogging the arteries and causing heart diseases. Our body requires fat and some of the good sources of fat to be included in your routine come from groundnut oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, rice bran oil and so on. It is important that we don't use the refried oil in our cooking. Stress is also one of the reasons for putting on unwanted weight. Stress increases the levels of a hormone called cortisol which gives you the sweet cravings and is also responsible for abdominal obesity.

It is very important to manage your stress in terms of meditation or some light exercises so that you can help the body move the weighing scale on the lighter. Sleep is also one of the factors that are very often overlooked when somebody thinks of weight loss. Lack of sleep not only makes our metabolism sluggish it also hampers the body's efficiency to remove toxins out of the system. Lack of sleep can also cause hormonal imbalance, hence in a pursuit to lose weight it is important that you have enough time for a good night’s sleep to lose weight effectively. Exercise: all of us know that weight loss is 70% diet and 30% exercise. Exercise can be aerobic, anaerobic but exercise is non-negotiable. Only dieting will not help you lose weight and neither will only exercise. These 2 have to happen together.

Now-a-days there is a lot of food that is available in the market under the name of healthy foods such as your energy bars, your masala put in makhanas, your flavoured channas, diet colas. Let me take this opportunity to make it very clear that anything that is ready to eat, anything that can be consumed immediately can never be healthy for your body and will never help you lose weight the right way. The last but not the least is patience. Weight loss is a slow process. The faster you lose weight, the faster it comes back to you. Crash diets, intermittent fasting and other desperate measures give you a temporary weight loss and you end up putting on more weight than what you have lost after you stopped that. Ensure you give your body enough time to change the pattern that it has been forced to follow for the past so many months. I am sure if you follow the mantras that I have shared above, you will not only lose the weight the right way but you will also keep it away from coming back.

Thank you.

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