Sunday, February 22, 2009

why these weight problems arise? is it our lifestyle??

all the multicuisine experiences of our's have spoilt us for choice.........adding to this is the advertising and deceptive labeling of packaged products.......we don't even realize how we are trapped to eat the crap...........to top it all sitting on computers and watching TV sitting on a couch............and we blame our genes , and the hormones and what not.........

a recent conversation between sweta of bonn nutrition and me , influenced me to write this, although i have been planning to write about this issue for long time now................how and why do we gain weight ? do we ever wonder where we are going wrong? modern researches and surveys tell us many facts and patterns which are good to read but not good enough to follow.................we all are well aware that exercising is good , fries and burgers are bad ....... cakes and pastries are sinful food we normally say , but do we stop eating them..............do we ever try to find ways to strike a balance in our own individual metabolism, what i am trying to say is that health and nutrition guidelines are there for everybody.............how do we follow them is upto us.................as in my case , i am a full time nursemaid to my daughter and i can go out of home only when my husband is there to look after her..........so going out for a walk regularly or joining a gym etc may not be possible for me.....apart from that i have migraines off n on , so i cannot follow any fad diets ........to top it all i am a foodie who likes all the desi indian food , but not having enough time to prepare those traditional fair.................stress depression and lack of exercise piled on a lot of weight on my body.................it took time but i found out a way how i need to go about it.............that is what i want to share with all of you .............

first of all the so called diet plans never worked for me cuz the monotony and boundation to eat a particular thing for a particular meal actually suffocates me..........so i tried n experimented with different ingredients everyday........but kept the cooking procedures healthy, like steaming, microwaving and stir frying...also i use a lot of spices to make the food tasty n to keep my metabolic rate higher........

all that bland steamed food which belongs to some other cuisine is not suitable for me , for any body for that matter, cuz the taste n aromas which we have grown up eating , should be the part of our daily diet.....certain modifications to make it healthier n low fat is what works for me....and it should work for others too....

a very important aspect is our in between meals snacking.........i have been a mindless snacker.........namkeens with my tea , cookies n cakes etc were the culprits.......my fondness of baking made it worse....everybody would praise and i would be tempted to bake some more exotic things.......i stopped it totally.........and whenever i bake a cake or brownie now, i make it in small quantities and give away whatever is left.........not keeping them in my kitchen or fridge is the solution for me........something else may work for others.....

some other very healthy modifications which i did were like using multigrain flour for making my chapatis , increasing the amount of veggies consumed , snacking on fruits and carrot sticks, switching on to fatfree cooking most of the time.............most importantly, not depriving myself from good taste n wholesome food , i still eat stuffed parathas and chillas almost everyday as breakfast and all my cravings are taken care off..........i mean if i eat my favorite breakfast in a healthy way and eat fat free n frequent small meals during the day....it works.

i have knocked off another 2 kgs and i feel this plan of mine is working..........slow n steady wieght loss , keeping my energy levels higher as i need to be active the whole day........i am happy with the way it is working for me........what say???


and yes, now i can flaunt this badge of "top health blogger" from wellsphere on my blog n be happy about it too.........:)

6 comments:

  1. Nicely written sangeeta,I agree a lot of our eating habits depends on our lifestyle.I'm glad you made the change and lost the unwanted weight:)

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  2. Hi Sangeeta,
    Firstly,congrats on your weight loss.
    I don't agree on the point that weight loss diets are monotonous.I guess you just haven't met a good dietitian.A good dietitian would have not bound you to any particular diet plan-a diet plan has to be flexible to be successful.I have written hundreds of diet sheets and none of my patients/clients have complained.I plan a diet based on what the person eats and try to make it healthy and advice exercise!
    Will work on the article on oils as requested by you and put it up sometime soon.

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  3. Hi Sangeeta,
    Firstly,congrats on your weight loss.
    I don't agree on the point that weight loss diets are monotonous.I guess you just haven't met a good dietitian.A good dietitian would have not bound you to any particular diet plan-a diet plan has to be flexible to be successful.I have written hundreds of diet sheets and none of my patients/clients have complained.I plan a diet based on what the person eats and try to make it healthy and advice exercise!
    Will work on the article on oils as requested by you and put it up sometime soon.

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  4. hi sweta
    so nice of you to take time for me...........and no dear i havn't met any dietitian ( let alone a good dietitian)so for the diet plans i was talking about were those fad diet plans which i get to know about in lifestyle magazines or newspaper supplements............actually you know sweta i keep criticizing my type of people only ....who know everything and still think that knowing is enough n there is no need to practice what you know...n most of all we don't realize how healthy living can cure our problems......i think i could not make my point clear in that post of mine.....i need to write another one, will do it soon...

    thanks for your advice n waiting for your next post.....i actually look up to you dear...

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