Obesity has become a common health concern worldwide and
globally at least 2.8 million adults die each year as a result of being
overweight or obese, statistics from the World Health Organization reveal.
Dr. Kalpana Gupta Shekhawat, Director and medical
nutritional Consultant of 'Freedom Diet', shares her experiences of treating
and talks about some of the most common mistakes people make when they take
medications for weight loss
At a time when obesity is killing triple the number of people who die
, she says there is
nothing to worry about this lifestyle disease and it is completely curable, but
one has to take expert guidance for planning appropriate diet.
Dr Kalpana Gupta Shekhawat holds a medical degree from SMS
Medical College Jaipur, India. Having pursued Family Medicine and Diploma in
Fitness & Nutrition from Stratford USA, she is currently pursuing Post
Graduation in Clinical Nutrition from Clinical Nutrition Certification Board
(CNCB) Texas USA.
Q. Many medications are
available in the market promising instant weight loss. How can a consumer know
the misleading ones for sure and avoid them?
Instant weight loss drugs
designed to treat obesity should ideally not be recommended due to various side
effects associated with them. As they inhibit fat absorption they also in turn
reduce absorption of other fat soluble nutrients and can lead to multiple
deficiencies, while having many side effects such as bloating, flatulence
and loss of important minerals and
Q. Do you have any experience treating people who have suffered side effects
due to these weight loss medications?
Yes, in my clinical practice I
have come across people who have tried everything to lose weight including
weight loss pills and have accepted their obesity as part of life. I have
treated some such people who have already manifested diseases like diabetes
and with signs and symptoms including extreme fatigue
, complete loss of
appetite, brittle hair and nails, scaly dry
Supplementing them with right antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, Liver detox
etc such as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), Natural Vitamin E extract, Coq 10,
Omega 3, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and so on plus mineral vitamins with a
structured diet suitable and calculated to each individual needs, work best in
reversing the existing disorders and motivating their system to lose weight.
How important is it for people to consult a Nutritionist or Dietician for their
diet plans and shedding extra pounds?
In my opinion it is extremely important to take professional
help and plan your diet which is most suited to your body and is calculated for
you. We all have a unique body and a unique metabolism so what is good diet
for one person may not be the same for another. Random eating even if you chose
healthier options may not necessarily be the right food in right quantities.
What are the common mistakes people make while they plan for diet to lose
Eating extremely low calorie
(crash diet) or going by one-diet-fits-all philosophy is a
common mistake. Also, covering up for the existing nutritional deficiencies
before starting any diet is very important, to ensure that one does not get
various signs of deficiency diseases.
How is Freedom Diet plan different from others? What is so unique about the
approach and plan that you are trying to recommend to your customers?
Freedom diet is a structured weight and chronic disease
management planning and with a difference as it is based on holistic medicine;
Multidimensional approach towards Nutritional planning is practiced, compiling
information such as basic health screening which includes detailed medical
history along with basic blood
, current body measurement, current health status, family
history, current lifestyle (type of diet taken, alcohol
, type of job, stress
etc...) all this is compiled together to generate a healthy
weight loss diet plan as well as a supplement prescription to ensure covering
up nutritional deficiencies and reverse lifestyle disease to the maximum
possible extent depending on the existing health conditions.
Q. Can we prevent aging impacts with proper diet?
Correct diet and supplements can in
reality make you look 10 years younger than your peer group if not more!!!
Q. Why is it that you have gone into this area as you
are a qualified post graduate doctor?
As a medical practitioner it
always intrigued me to see people suffer from various ailments treated for
their symptoms and given general guidelines on diet and lifestyle management,
which are ambiguous and are difficult to adopt, since it puts their lifestyle
completely out of gear. I always was looking for a way to put it in such a
fashion that people find it incredibly easy to adopt and see the difference in
terms of weight loss, positive changes in metabolic and inflammatory markers,
correction of dislipidemia, blood sugar and to reduce consumption of drugs
which have harmful side effects.