Stop Dieting, Start Living – Tips from a Dietician

It is a common known fact that human body needs a balanced diet to maintain proper health. Diet should ensure that body gets the adequate dosage of micro / macro nutrients as per its requirements. Any imbalance in the same leads to nutritional deficiency and may cause various health related complications which could be as common as anemia caused by iron deficiency to as severe as night blindness caused by vitamin A deficiency.

Dieting is a practice of consuming proper balanced diet in a regulated fashion which should be done under the guidance of a nutrition professional or practicing dietician. But the term dieting has always been misconceived as ‘a set of restrictions for quick weight loss’

There are various styles of diets that can be followed  to achieve ones goals. Some of the famous types of diet are as follows:

  • Belief-based diets-e.g.: Buddhist diet, Kosher diet
  • Preference based diets-e.g.: Vegetarian diet, Vegan diet
  • Weight gain/loss diets-e.g.: Low calorie diet, Low fat diet
  • Crash diets/ Fad diets-e.g.: Cabbage soup diet, Blood type diet
  • Detox diets-e.g: Juice fasting diet, Salad diet
  • Therapeutic diets-e.g.: DASH diet, Diabetic diet

Above mentioned diets are to be followed under proper guidance and supervision of a dietician.  Careful planning is a must as these diets have different purposes and continuing on one type of diet for a long duration might lead to nutrient deficiency in the body. But there are certain blunders which are being made under the name of dieting  that lead to many detrimental effects.

Along with the issues associated with Dieting one must also remember that is the individual who has to ensure that he follows what has been prescribed to him / her by the dietician. A dietician can only suggest.  Following are some of the known causes for failure of dieting.

  • Willpower – Failure to stick on to the restrictions required or too much of restrictions followed
  • Attitude – Dieting requires proper attitude, because improper adherence and deviation from a diet plan would turn it into a failure and also deter person to diet again in near future.
  • Variety in Food / Monotonous Food – Inability to get accustomed to the type of food which is to be consumed
  • Psychological stress – To cope up with the stress associated with weight loss and changes in the body requires continuous counseling from a dietician
  • Inability to schedule time for meal planning, shopping and preparation
  • Wrong attitude of the one who is dieting like ‘this to lose x number of Kilos’

STOP IMPROPER, UNHEALTHY DIETING! START HEALTHY LIVING!

To think well, love well, sleep well, one must Eat well

Food is the primary necessity in a person’s life and eating a nutritious food in proper limits and time is equally important. Adeline Virginia Woolf, a famous English writer, in her quote “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well”, has cited the predominant importance of food, its ability to improve the efficiency of our thought process, to induce sound sleep and even to have a good love life.

Eating well doesn’t mean to eat non-nutritious food in more than required quantities. Adequate intake of healthy foods, in proper timings helps you to lead a hale and healthy life.

A good, nutritious food is capable of provoking positive thinking and thereby ensures psychological well-being. Such good eating practices help to get rid of the negative thoughts completely. Following are few foods which are capable of having a good impact on your brain health.

  • Foods rich in antioxidants (the free radical scavengers), like blueberries, strawberries, grapes, blackberries, walnuts, greens, green tea, spinach, tomato, carrot and spices like turmeric and saffron help in improving the memory, delaying aging and maintain brain health.
  • Essential fatty acids (omega-3s and omega-6s) rich foods like leafy greens, walnuts, some seeds, sea vegetables, few fishes and some legumes which aid in proper cognitive functioning.

Proper brain health and psychological wellness guarantees sound sleep and joyous love life. Shallow and disturbed sleep makes the complete schedule of the day ruined since your brain would have not got proper rest. A person who starves is sure not to have a good sleep and thereby every single aspect related to his psychological wellness gets disturbed. Scroll down for few tips to alleviate sleep deprivation.

  • Try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
  • Sleep in a well ventilated and dark room.
  • See a pleasure-giving/delightful thing before you sleep and when you wake up.
  • Refrain from exhaustive and severe stress involved work before going to bed.
  • Engage in regular physical activity.
  • Limit or avoid alcohol or caffeine.
  • Let the dinner be as light as possible and starch-based.
  • Finish your dinner at least one to two hours before going to bed.
  • Do not have beverages like tea, coffee etc after six in the evening.
  • Drink plenty of fluids during the day, but stop drinking one to two hours before bed.

Hence, it obviously means that eating well helps to think, love and sleep well and helps you to stay healthy throughout your life. EAT WELL, LIVE WELL!