Nutrition is a basic prerequisite for a healthy life. A proper diet is essential from the very early stages of life for being fit. As the saying goes - We are as young as our diet!
- Right eating – Quantity and quality of food.
- Physical activity-Being active throughout the day and doing some kind of structured or conscious activity.
Food is the basic need of all living beings as it is the source of energy to carry out all the activities (breathing, heart beating, digestion etc). This energy is measured in terms of calories. Caloric requirement varies with age, sex and the level of activity. We should strive to always remain close to our desirable body weight and fat percent.
There is no single dietary regime for weight reduction. It is highly individualized. Weight loss regimes should be gradual for sustainable weight loss otherwise you put the pounds back on as quickly as you lost them. Modifications in dietary habits have to be incorporated into ones lifestyle along with adequate exercise to keep the body weight within the normal limits.
Plant foods that provide complex carbohydrates and fiber may be preferred as they reduce blood glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides. Weight reducing diets must be rich in proteins and low in carbohydrates and fats.
Consumption of plenty of fruits and vegetables would not only result in satiety but would also help to maintain adequate micronutrient intake. Frequent fasting/semi-fasting (cyclic weight reduction) followed by adequate or excess food consumption only aggravates the problem of fat gain.
Latest Publications and Research on Diet and Nutrition for Healthy Weight LossThe effects of rapid weight loss and 3-h recovery on energy expenditure, carbohydrate, and fat oxidation in boxing athletes. - Published by PubMed
Efficacy of ketogenic diet on body composition during resistance training in trained men: a randomized controlled trial. - Published by PubMed
Understanding antagonism and synergism: A qualitative assessment of weight management in youth with Type 1 diabetes mellitus. - Published by PubMed
Overfed but undernourished: recognizing nutritional inadequacies/deficiencies in patients with overweight or obesity. - Published by PubMed
Fasting and weight-loss restrictive diet practices among 2,700 cancer survivors: Results from the NutriNet-Santé cohort. - Published by PubMed