CASE STUDY & SUCCESS STORIES
BMI: Overweight - 27
Symptoms/Issues diagnosed by best dietician in Hyderabad, Deepika Chalasani: Since her
childhood, Shilpa was overweight. Her prominent parents made her conscious of her weight, till she was at her wits end to find out how to overcome it. Finally, she began to exercise. However, she abruptly turned to intensive exercising believing she would lose her weight faster thus. Since she began intensive workouts without proper understanding of her own physiology, they eventually led to a knee injury, which worsened over time. Her condition was rather severe when she was came to us, considering she was overweight by 15 kilos. Further, acnes were showing up all around her face. She was suffering from severe hair loss along with extreme fatigue. A non-vegetarian by birth but under the influence of some of
her over cautious friends she began reading articles and watching programs which proclaimed that veganism is better. She therefore turned into a vegan and soon shifted to veganism.
Treatment: We started with a few coaching sessions to educate Shilpa with facts on veganism and how important it is to ensure that nutrient compromises do not occur when switching diets. We asked her to get some blood tests done, which included Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Liver Function test and a Lipid Profile. The tests clearly showed that she was deficient in protein and a number of vital nutrients that were causing all her health problems.
As a part of the coaching session, we educated Shilpa on her body's requirements and presented her with two options - either move back to animal and dairy protein with portion control, or move to dense vegan protein sources like soy, hemp, and pea protein along with additional supplements, to make sure that her body was not deficient. According to her food diary recall, we could clearly see that she was relying mostly on legumes and lentils for protein, but this did not work well for her body. Finally on our recommendation, she returned to animal and dairy proteins.
Moreover, we also taught her to choose foods from the college cafeteria that worked for her body, and to find a balance between pleasure foods and her health.
As Shilpa had damaged her knee and could not perform the usual exercises that most youngsters do (running and aerobic activities), we suggested she consider swimming as an exercise along with some body weight exercises.
Results: Within 10 days she noticed that her acne had cleared up, her fatigue had reduced, and she was able to swim and exercise more efficiently. In just four months, she lost 15kg in a healthy and sustainable manner. She not only learned to make conscious food choices, but also educated her friends appropriately so that they themselves could eat consciously and mindfully, leading to a better and healthier lifestyle. Five years later, she still maintains her weight correctly. Her day today consists of selecting healthier options and eating mindfully, as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Deepika Chalasani is a Clinical Nutritionist, Mind and Body Transformation Coach and co-founder of Fit4Life India, an integrated nutrition and wellness organization for Indians that provides complete solutions, addressing health and wellness challenges of individuals by working on their overall well-being. Deepika, best nutritionist in Hyderabad for weight loss and online dietician can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org or Mobile +91 9491011202
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