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Detox and Weight Loss – The Bitter Truth

What Is Detox?

De-tox refers to removing toxins. This has been a FAD for long in today’s world where we are introduced to various toxins through smoke, alcohol, highly processed food & heavy medications. The idea to go on a detox is to get rid of all these from our system. People try to achieve clean body via

  • Detox teas
  • Detox juices
  • Detox smoothies
  • Detox diets (that last for days)

Is it necessary?

Our body has an in-built system to convert toxic substances into useful forms & get rid of toxic residue in various ways. Organs that play a major role in keeping our body least affected by toxins are-

  • Skin
  • Kidney
  • Liver

In short, it is not necessary to do such detoxes with the purpose of body cleanse. The only people getting benefit from detox FAD are food & health industry who do million dollar turnover around this concept.

Detox for weight loss

All who go on detox claim to lose weight when on it. And inspired by this, people who want to lose weight go on detox diets.

But the truth is, as soon as you get back to regular eating, you are going to regain the lost weight (or even more!!!) It is because detox drinks & foods are low in calorie (basically low in carb content). Since carbs tend to hold water in the body, when carb intake gets restricted, you lose the excess water body has been holding. (That is the reason you need too many loo breaks when doing detox)

So, Yes, weight loss is achieved. But it isn’t a fat loss. Only the water weight is lost and if you continue it for a longer time, it can take a toll on your muscle mass too

Who & why should do a detox?

Detox is like fasting. It gives your body rest from processing regular nutritionally dense food. So, if you are just back from ravishing holiday or grand wedding feast, detox will put your body on lighter work.

Also, Me being a Dietitian incorporate detox in various ways in my clients’ routines when needed (mind you, in don’t misuse it to make people lose weight instantly). The results are always amazing.

How to keep the body detoxified?

  • Take good care of your skin.
  • Don’t overload liver with alcohol
  • Try to stay away from pollution & smoke(rs)
  • Use mask while commuting through city traffic
  • Drink plenty of water (not more than 3-3.5 l / day
  • Workout regularly
  • Pamper yourself to saunas and steam baths


A detox diet is a very misunderstood concept in today’s world. Thanks to internet & unqualified influencers who feed it to brains of people who desperately want to lose weight.

As a qualified practitioner, it is my request to all readers, don’t feed your body anything other than regular meals without the advice of professionals. It can take a toll on your health & leave a lasting impact.

You can reach me via my Social media accounts so I can guide you better.


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Eight Ways to Break the Weight Loss Plateau

Weight loss plateau is a stage when the needle on scale refuses to shift. It is a stage which obstructs the motivation and discourages the person to continue to follow the same food plan. While doing this, it is important for you to understand why this stage shoots up and sits like a crocodile.

During the initial weeks of weight loss, a rapid drop is usually observed as the body tends to shed water weight which means that the water retention within the body is reduced. As you proceed further with diet, you tend to lose some of the muscle along with fat which slows down the metabolism resulting in burning of fewer calories as compared to that during initial weeks.

When the amount of calories you burn is equal to the calories you eat, you reach a plateau. But when we are at a weight loss regime there comes a time when this plateau does not break, so let us know some quick tips to break this plateau.

1. Choose complex carbs over simple ones: Steer clear of refined sugar, refined flour, cookies, and packaged fruit juices. Focus on whole grains like whole wheat, bajra, ragi, jowar, oats, and quinoa. These carbs will keep you fuller for long, and would constantly release energy to keep you active.

2. Have protein-rich diet: Having a diet high in protein can also help in breaking the plateau as the protein increases the metabolism thereby boosts the calorie burning. High protein sources include milk and milk products, eggs, fish, chicken, pulses and legumes.

3. Increase your physical activity: A little increase in physical activity can also give a jerk to the body and can help in overcoming this weight loss plateau. Minimum of 40 minutes of brisk walking is advised.

4. Increase fibre intake: Eating fibre-rich foods like fruits and vegetables, prunes, whole cereals, beans and legumes make you feel fuller for a longer period of time and also slows down the absorption of the food. Hence more the fibre, the more is the chance to overcome the plateau.

5. Drink plenty of water: It is advised to consume a minimum of 3 litres of water in a day to stay hydrated. Also, water helps in minimizing bloating issues and also helps in further weight loss.

6. Avoid stress: Stress hormone known as cortisol is released into the body during stressful situations, can make it difficult to lose weight. Thus it is advised to take less of stress during this period of time.

7. Refrain from alcohol: You must abstain from alcohol to overcome this weight loss plateau.

8. Have a good sleep: A good sound sleep relaxes the mind and body and also increases the metabolic rate and keep hormones balanced thereby helps in further weight loss.

Weight loss plateaus usually are frustrating and demoralizing for you. But you must realize that they are a normal part of the weight loss process and almost everyone experiences it at some point on time during their weight loss journey. By following these tips and strategies you can easily overcome this plateau and achieve your goal weight.

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Guest Blogger: Dt. Saloni Nandwani

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Easy Tips to Create Mindful Eating Habits in Busy Life

Firstly, what is mindfulness? It is the state of being conscious or aware of something. Similarly, mindful eating refers to eating your food consciously, with 100% attention.

It is a completely different concept from dieting. When you are on a diet, you just blindly follow what your dietitian says. When you start practising mindful eating, you realise it is a self- exploration journey. Let me help you by briefing about what EXACTLY is mindful eating about.

Nowadays we have stopped doing anything mindfully because of hectic schedule & fast life.

Like, when we work, we think about food, but when we are having food, we are worrying about work. The result- Work performance graph goes down & weight gain graph goes up!!!

Think, if we make a slight change in above routine, i.e. eat mindfully, you won’t get distracted by the thought of food while working and your health & work graphs will shoot up in right directions.

Pay Attention:

  • What caused the thought of eating (emotions/hunger)
  • Is it required & healthy?
  • Are you sensing the food? i.e. smell, taste, texture of food
  • How are you feeling during & after having it?
  • How satisfied are you pre, during & post that meal?
  • What is the origin and how is food processed?


  • You start feeding your Body & not Emotions!!
  • You start enjoying the food thoroughly
  • You realise if the food you are planning to have is healthy or not
  • You prevent yourself from overeating in social events, late nights, movies, etc.
  • You learn the impact of different foods on your mind & emotions
  • You learn the impact of different foods during workouts & relaxation


  • Its old school theory but you Need to chew your food well.
  • Wait a moment before having next bite.
  • Close your eyes for a moment and relish the first bite you have
  • Try to identify ingredients in the food
  • Take modest portion (do not worry about starving, you can always have second helping if not satisfied)
  • Do not sit with big portions in plate
  • GRATITUDE is important! Be grateful for the food that fuels your body

This all sounds common & easy. But trust me, once you develop a mindful relationship with food, your life will change drastically in every aspect for better. Keep the above points in mind and give a try to Mindful Eating. Let me know your experience in person.

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7 Ways You Can Stay Healthy Without Starving Yourself

Do you feel fat or overweight? If yes, do not feel bad because this is a major problem faced nowadays with almost all the girls. The weight control and weight management has become the high priority for females and they have a very high concern for the same. There are variety of sites which gives us ideas to keep it in control. Ample of videos on YouTube which gives us diets to follow. But they mostly result to starving and lack of essential nutrients which leads to severe hair loss and skin problems and other body issues. So it’s time we act smart enough with our food choices as the tradition says”You look what you eat”. Prepare weekly diet chart according to your schedule and include essential foods and nutrients to lose those extra pounds with ease without controlling on your sweet tooth. Here are 7 ways to keep you healthy.

1.Eat super-foods when in a mood of munching: Indians already have their ancient super foods which are easily available at cheap rates all over the country. They are present around us but due to variety of choices available to munch on (thanks to their marketers!) we ignore these and thus lack essential nutrients. Locally known as Chana and peanuts, we can consume them in different ways such as in raw form i.e. consume them as whole, in form of Chikki which are easy on pockets and handy as well. They can be consumed easily without creating any mess and can be carried easily as well. So next time between meals when you feel to munch on something opt for these chikkis guilt free. Dryfruits like walnuts and almonds are another great options to munch on anytime you like as they are easy to store and carry. You can enjoy these super-foods while working, if travelling in bus, train, cab or auto. They give you an instant energy as well to pull your long day at work and also keep your tummy full thus avoiding those junks to enter your mind.

Chikkis are best to opt for munching
Super foods like chikkis for munching

2.Switch to smoothies or juices with your wholesome breakfast:Breakfast be the most important meal of the day we should make it healthy by adding juice of vegetables which we avoid eating. Bottle guard and pumpkin locally known as Giya and petha are full of essential nutrients which can be base of our juice and to enhance the taste other veggies like tomato, coriander, capsicum or any other veggies of your choice could be added. Fruit Smoothies should be your new best friend so that you don’t miss out vital nutrients packed in them which boost your mornings and keeps you energetic. Various fruit combinations can be used to prepare smoothies. Choose your favorite fruits and pamper yourself. So next time you have your breakfast include a juice or smoothie and raise a toast to health with your beloved family.

Having smoothies with breakfast or as whole
Smoothies with breakfast

3.Regular intake of water: Drink water at regular intervals and keep yourself hydrated. It also helps in flushing out toxins and improves the metabolism.

Drinking water in an adequate quantity
Stay Hydrated

4. Regular intake of fruits: Have 3-4 inputs of fruits till evening. If it is your smoothie day, you can make it two as well.

Consuming fruits at regular intervals is neccesary
Fruits at regular intervals

5. Dinner:  Keep your dinner light like consuming dal-rice, vegetable porridge etc and consume before 2 hours of your sleeping time. This might be the time of the day when you can cook for yourself or you get time to eat without any rush but considering it the difficult one don’t skip it and try maintaining the uniformity of eating light and on time. If you are heading to a function or marriage try eating something from home which will keep you full thus reducing your attention to the junks and sweet counter.

Light and wholesome dinner is must
Dinner should be kept light

6. Choose healthy during compulsory outings: It gets difficult to hold back when you are on a meeting with client or friends in a restaurant or café and thus you end up eating and then regretting later or you avoid eating and It may put an impression of not interested to the person you are accompanying. Thus act smart and order according to the timings of the day. If its lunch time, Subs or sandwiches loaded with veggies are a great option to order. It helps you resist long meetings or travels and you consuming them on such occasions act as a tasty change to your diet.

Subs or Sandwiches to be opt for instead of junk
Healthy options instead of junk

7.Include calcium and protein:  Girls, once you hit your 30’s major health issues you face are lack of protein and calcium. Don’t let yourself slow down at that time thus maintain a good intake of them from now only on daily basis. Include sprouts, milk, curd, pulses, paneer mad from low fat milk and lentils locally known as dal in your diet. Lunch could be a good option to include them.

Sources of calcium and protein in diet should be included
Include calcium and protein in diet

Now you know the secrets to lose weight by eating all of those and not starving at all. Prepare a diet chart, follow it religiously and shed those extra kilos! The upcoming festival season everyone should say “wow!” to you!

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