CASE STUDY & SUCCESS STORIES
Age: 28 years
BMI: 34.7 kg/m2
Case History: Vaishali was obesity grade 3 when she came to us. The frequency of her usual menstrual cycle would be once in 80 – 90 days. She used to feel very lethargic throughout the day. She and her husband are a young couple who moved to Europe some years back. and would choose ready to eat food, quick meals like cereals. As their day’s food was not planned, they would eat when they were hungry and nibble on snacks throughout the day. She was quite skeptical about following a nutrition program as it was quite difficult for her to follow as she was pursuing a master’s degree and didn’t have much time to cook in the kitchen and try out new things.. The couple also have an active social life and have a busy socializing schedule on weekends. which was one of the concerns that they had with the diet program that it will affect their social life. In their mind, a diet program meant deprivation, staying away from their favorite foods and using will power to control hunger and cravings. Even though they knew about us for over a year, they were very skeptical to start on a nutrition program as it meant life would be regimented and controlled after that. Their yearly medical checks up and reports showed several red flags for their age, which prompted to take the first step towards a healthy active lifestyle.
Analysis by best online clinical nutritionist: Vaishali had PCOD & fatty liver, high inflammation, her husband Anirudh had a lipid profile way above the range, and both were in the obesity grade 3 category. Random food habits leading to mal-nourishment and cravings through the day which resulted in nibbling, lethargy, fatigue and red flags in the health check-up.
Treatment by best clinical nutritionist: We had to design a program that suited both their body type, medical conditions and outcome while considering their limited experience in the kitchen and time constraints. They were consuming ready to eat food like fast cooking cereals for breakfast, rice-dhal and curry for lunch, south Indian tiffin like idly, dosa for dinner. We started by taking one step at a time by first coaching them to accept that their current lifestyle was not working for their body as it was reflecting in the form of obesity, medical reports and general energy levels through the day. The first transition happened from denial to acceptance. From - “We are doing everything right”, our caloric consumption is within range” to accepting that it’s not working for our body. They were educated on some concepts such as while carbs are essential and must comprise of 50% of the nutritional composition, grains are only 1 type of carbs, we need to add sufficient fiber, adequate protein in every meal and good fats to make a meal balanced. We looked at food that were available in Switzerland which were easy to make and took less time for cooking the meals. Since she was a student and had to manage both her studies and household chores, we guided her how to manage the preparations on the weekends so that it becomes convenient for her to prepare the meals for the whole week. We shared few recipes for preparing balanced meals with the available options such as oatmeal with hemp milk and berries which served as a good blend of fiber, vitamins and minerals. We suggested quick recipes of salads and vegetables for lunch and soups for the weekends. We gradually included variety of options in her meals and brought in the physical activity in her program and helped her to manage both her weekdays and weekends as well. We recommended her few varieties of salads along with dressings and other food options to enjoy the meals by giving her new palate feel. We gave her a 7-day and 10-day meal plan which took care of her whole week and saved her time. We also provided few detox plans to balance her health as well as pleasure during holidays and weekend socializing in order to sustain her weight loss. She used to consume alcohol while socializing, we educated her on the appropriate way for alcohol consumption.
Results: By following the diet program consistently, Vaishali lost 16 kgs of weight and her periods also got normal gradually from 3 months to once in 35 to 40 days. All her parameters came down to the normal range and has been able to sustain it for over a year now
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, the best nutritionist in Hyderabad for weight loss and online dietician can be contacted via email - email@example.com or Mobile +91 9491011202
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