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Acne can be curtailed & you can lose excess weight by changing your diet.


Name: Sandhya

Age: 36

Gender: Female

BMI: 32 kg/m2

Case History: Sandhya, a 36-year-old government employee, suffered from severe acne breakouts and struggled to lose weight. Despite trying intermittent fasting and living on only two meals a day, she could not lose weight, and her acne breakouts kept worsening. She also has a history of PCOS and irregular periods. Seeking a sustainable solution, she reached out to us for guidance and assistance.

Analysis by the best clinical nutritionist: Her blood reports revealed anaemia with low MCV, PCV, MCHC, and haemoglobin levels. She also had high LDL levels, indicating elevated "bad" cholesterol and her blood reports indicated insulin resistance. The analysis also showed protein malnutrition and a severe deficiency of vitamin D.

Approached by the best weight loss nutritionist/ dietician in Hyderabad, Telangana: After analysing her food diary, we discovered that she had a very low-calorie diet comprising primarily refined carbohydrates and lacking protein, essential vitamins and minerals. During our discussion, we learned she was following intermittent fasting and having only two meals daily to lose weight. However, this approach led to some initial weight loss of a couple of kgs, and the weight after that remained stagnant. The 2 "imbalanced meals" she used to have would make her hungry, and she would have a couple of cups of tea and snack on tit-bits to kill the hunger, causing a negative impact on her gut health. Her first meal usually consisted of simple carbs like dosa or bread, with little or no vegetables. She also had a habit of consuming 3 cups of tea daily. The combination of refined carbs, insufficient vegetables and severe vitamin D deficiency caused inflammation, food intolerance, poor gut health and a condition known as leaky gut. Her empty calorie and imbalanced diet were also causing anaemia and protein malnutrition, and this condition further contributed to her acne breakouts. To address these issues, we introduced a plan incorporating a substantial amount of vegetables into all the meals, aiming to improve her gut health and nutrient absorption. We explained the importance of amino acids in the body and introduced easily digestible forms of protein, such as tofu, hung curd, eggs, dal, etc. We advised her to include leafy vegetables and fruits for a good mix of vitamins and minerals. We also recommended vitamin D supplements and encouraged her to take a 45 minutes sun walk every morning. We educated her about the importance of nutrition vs calorie counting and increased her meals to 3 sumptuous meals, meal timings, balanced diet principles and proper food portions. We educated her on the consequences of having several boiled teas and empty calorie snacking on her skin breakouts. We also provided her with convenient meal preparation methods to fit her busy work routine. We also recommended that she include healthy fats to aid nutrition absorption. The meal plan was customised to suit her specific needs.

Results: After she started our diet, there were eruptions for two weeks. There were no fresh acne breakouts after consistently following the program for three weeks. It's been four months on our schedule; there have not been any fresh breakouts. She has also lost 3.5 kgs despite eating more food. She has stopped snacking and has switched to green teas. She still enjoys 1 cup of tea in the evening. There were noticeable improvements in her digestion and ability to tolerate certain food, reducing acne breakouts. Additionally, the energy levels improved significantly.

Deepika Chalasani is a Clinical Nutritionist, Mind and Body Transformation Coach and co-founder of Fit4Life India, an integrated nutrition and wellness organisation for Indians that provides complete solutions, addressing health and wellness challenges of individuals by working on their overall well-being. Deepika is the best nutritionist in Hyderabad for weight loss and online dietician and can be contacted via email at or Mobile at +919381525943.

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