Eating too little for weight loss does more harm than good. A nutritionist explains how.
In our Indian culture, ‘eating until satisfied and not full’ is generally the norm. No wonder, the obesity levels are high and are set to triple between 2010 and 2040, as per a study published on the USA’s National Institute Of Health (NIH). Being overweight or obese makes us prone to several health issues, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, cardiovascular diseases, mental health issues, arthritis, etc. Many are taking it upon themselves to shed that flab around their body, not just to look and feel better but to prevent the host of diseases obesity makes us prone to. Eating less is one of the strategies that is largely adopted. However, some take this too far and adopt highly restrictive diets. But is it good for weight loss? More importantly, is it good for the body?
To get the answer to these questions, Onlymyhealth spoke to Sreemathy Venkatraman, who is a clinical dietitian & wellness nutritionist and the founder of ‘Mithaahara - Eat to live’. “Portioning or eating less is the key to weight loss,” said Sreemathy. It leads to better digestion, doesn’t cause lethargy and brain fog, and helps with weight management. For those seeking quick results, eating too little might seem like an attractive option. But it does more harm than good.
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This is how following a fad, or restrictive diet, affects the body and impacts weight loss goals:
Your metabolism slows down when your body doesn’t get enough nutrition. This in turn makes it more difficult to lose weight. Also, when food deficient, you crave the wrong foods. For example, you might follow a healthy meal pattern till about 4-5 pm and then craving hits for either sweet or fried foods, such as namkeen or samosas. This is a scenario we can all relate to. It’s important to understand that “food and mood are intrinsically connected,” Sreemathy said. “It is important to eat right.”
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Nutrition is extremely crucial, if not more than exercise when it comes to losing weight. Here are the things you should keep in mind:
Lastly, motivation and consistency are the keys when it comes to weight loss. Make the right decision for better health and life.
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