For a 'perfect' diet plan

For a 'perfect' diet plan

For a 'perfect' diet plan

With 41 million obese people, India ranks third after the US and China in having the highest number of overweight people in the world, says a study. Many of us would be aware of what they are eating and how it would affect our bodies, yet somehow, we manage to make alarming statistics.

What can be the reason for this? Clinical nutritionist Dr Ishi Khosla says, “Food addiction is as real as drug addiction. We need to question ourselves, ‘Are we addicted to food?’”.  
She elaborates on how unhealthy eating habits affect our bodies, physically and mentally.

“Realising that there is indeed no love sincerer than the love of food, we should be careful that this love is productive and non-toxic.

We might not even realise that we are addicted to food, unless we start seeing its affects like lathery and depression. One of the most toxic food is sugar, which is eight times more addictive than cocaine. It affects the same part of our brain as cocaine,” she says adding that rice is also just a step away from sugar. 

 “You should not believe in diets unless you understand the science behind it. One needs to establish a healthy relationship with food. Once we train our palate according to a balanced diet, we don’t need to fight with ourselves to control hunger. That’s the power of eating right food,” she says.


She illustrates the “half plate rule” of eating. It comprises a combination of non-starchy vegetables (lettuce, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, spinach), lean proteins (fish, chicken, eggs, dairy, beans, soy foods, nuts and seeds), starchy vegetables or grain (corn, peas, potatoes, pumpkin, zucchini) and low fat dairy or fruits.  Emphasising on the need to have more uncooked food or raw vegetables, Khosla also said that
“not all fats are created equal.” “There is a recent shift towards cooking food in olive oil, which is mono unsaturated fat. But you would be surprised to know that mustard oil and rice bran oil are also good alternatives for cooking food.”

 

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