Losing weight, is not a rocket science. Basically, one must need to understand their own body. We just need to get back to our basics and understand the best ideas which suits our body. But even while on a diet or even while trying to get in shape we tend to make several blunders that lead to weight-gain.
Kejal Sheth, Founder & MD Nutrivity
Here are some big blunders we commonly tend to make while shedding those extra kilos:
1. Skipping Meals
This is a very big MYTH that skipping meals will help you loose weight, because if you do so, you tend to eat excess in the next meal which can eventually lead to weight-gain.
2. Living on crazy FAD diets
Also called as “Magic Power Diet” which will help you loose weight overnight, but sorry to break your heart, these diet more harm than good to our body, as they do not contain a well-balanced set of nutrients of which our body is used to consuming, they will surely show some temporary weight-loss but later you will experience many problems like weight-gain, vitamin deficiencies, even some serious health complications if on them for a long period of time.
3. Not having enough fiber
When it comes to losing weight, fiber plays a very crucial role, as it helps increase satiety (feeling full), curb your appetite and eventually help in weight-loss.
4. Having excess white white-carbs
People understand having carbohydrates for diet is important but which?? Breads, pasta, white rice, maida they all contribute to nothing but weight-gain, so its best if its avoided and replaced with good carbohydrates like brown rice, quinoa, barley, jowar, bajra, whole wheat flour, multi-grain bread etc.
5. Popping on diet-pills or using meal replacement shakes
Smoothies and shakes do help you fill full and cut your hunger, but replacing them with actual meal, is not acceptable because it lacks the vital nutrients needed by our body. You also lack the fiber which you will get from whole fruits. Also about the pill – there are no research and claims to back up that they help you in losing weight or even for that matter fats & also can be harmful for your body.
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6. Not having adequate protein intake
Studies show that we Indians especially vegetarians lack adequate protein required for our daily needs. For weight-loss, we do not need to down-in the protein shakes to keep muscle. Consuming a well-balanced diet that includes lean protein should do the bit.
7. Binge eating on a “Cheat Meal”
It might seem harmless to binge eat on one meal, it clearly effects your gut-bacteria, and these foods effect the hormones and becomes addictive, and cause weight-gain, so “Moderation is the key”.
8. Weighing yourself Daily
Weighing yourself daily, which can lead to de-motivation and in-turn eating more because of stress.
9. Lack of physical activity
Diet and workout go hand in hand, not working out on regular basis or not working out at all will not give you desired results.
10. Never think Healthy food is Calorie Free
Healthy does not mean you have a license to eat unlimited. The foods are rich in nutrients but do contain good amount of calories too. This doesn’t mean you should avoid them, but when you pick up some food avoid having more than what you need. Portion Control is the Key to healthy Weight.
The author is Founder and Managing Director of Nutrivity. She is an NEP certified entrepreneur, nutritionist and a host who was born and raised in India. A certified diabetes educator, with a degree in weight management consultancy and specialising in sports nutrition and online consultation, she is recognised for her research work in incorporating taste and health with customised nutrition plans. She has over 3 years of practical experience in India.