If you want to lose weight the healthy way, take regular meals, and advance your dinner time to 7PM or latest by 8PM. Also go in for regular physical exercise. There is no magical potion that will help you lose weight overnight, and if someone is promising that run miles away from that person. The only and the best way to lose weight is to have a healthy low calorie diet, lots of fresh veggies and fruits and indulge in some form of physical exercise daily like running, walking, yoga, gyming anything.
Now we tell you what not to do while you are trying to shed those extra kilos:
Don’t go for crash diets
Such quick fixes will help you lose weight without exercise, no doubt. But these also slow your body metabolism, deplete your body of essential nutrients and affect your overall well-being. Plus, once you stop dieting, the weight will definitely come back, and with vengeance. Plus, crash diets also weaken your immune system and increase your risk of dehydration, heart palpitations, and cardiac stress. “Take healthy diet, and go in for healthy snacks. Keep your body replenished with fresh fruits and vegetables,” says dietician Saachi Sharma, VLCC, Preet Vihar, Delhi.
Throw those zero-calorie drinks out of the window, literally
Zero-Calorie drinks are quite a craze among youngsters. Diet soda, diet colas, processed fruit or energy drinks or fruit-flavored teas; the name can be any. But none of these is good for you. Reason being, all of these have artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose and saccharine. While these drinks do help in keeping a check on the overall calorie consumption, regular consumption may alter your metabolism leading to bone, teeth (due to presence of phosphoric, tartaric and citric acid) and kidney problems (due to presence of caffeine). Long term use of these drinks may actually cause obesity.
Say no to sugar-free tablets
Like those zero-calorie drinks, sugar-free tablets contain artificial sweeteners like aspartame, saccharine and neotame etc, and each of these is bad for health. These cause problems like
initiation or aggravation of diabetes mellitus, hypoglycemia, convulsions, headache, depression, hyperthyroidism, hypertension and arthritis; the simulation of multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and is also linked to brain tumors.
Meal replacement shakes instead of actual meals, no way
Shakes are easy to make and convenient to consume but these are not long-term weight loss solutions. “You may use these but not wholly depend on these. A healthy diet is far better option,” says Dr Ajay Gupta, general physician, R R Medical Centre, Mayur VIhar, Delhi. Dr Gupta also advises that one must consult a dietician before going in for these shakes. “It is always better to have your vitamins and minerals through healthy diet,” he says.
Avoid ready-to-eat food
These just help you save time, nothing else. More often than not these contain dehydrated vegetables, water, edible vegetable oil, cashew nut, salt, sugar, butter and ginger paste. “There are no nutrients in these packaged ready-to-eat foods. Though they are tasty, they just contain fibre and calories,” says Dr Kamlesh Jhamb, Shalimar Bagh, Delhi. “Further, whatever nutrients are present are killed during reheating. And these also contain chemical preservatives which affect kidney and liver,” she adds.