detox weight loss

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

Conclusion

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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Weight Loss

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

mindful eating habits

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?

Benefits:

  • YOU LOOSE WEIGHT!!
  • 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

Tricks:

  • 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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