Updated: Aug 15
According to Deepika, a weight loss nutritionist in Telangana, people often think that weight loss is just about calories. Calories in vs. Calories out! While it could be one factor that aids in weight loss, for most Indians this simple formula does not work.
Firstly, Indians are amongst the very few nationalities, where the carbohydrates we eat convert to fat. Therefore, even if we keep watching on our calories and those calories come predominantly from simple carbohydrates, it is very likely that those people will not experience weight loss.
Secondly, for many Indian bodies, protein deficiency and specifically Leucine & lysine amino acids need to be at adequate levels for weight loss. These come from specific complete protein sources like Spirulina, dairy products, eggs, deep sea fish and soya. Within soya products, more specifically (soya isolate, tofu).
Thirdly, most Indians are insulin resistant and therefore are grain sensitive. So people who look to become pure vegetarian need to specifically ensure that they are consuming a grain: vegetable that works for their body from a weight loss point of view. Everybody is different. More than required grains will lead to weight gain and many metabolic disorders like PCOD, diabetes, BP,
Finally, most Indians consume dals and other legumes as a preferred source of protein. Legumes by themselves are incomplete protein and are also largely carbohydrates. For healthy weight loss, we need .8 grams of protein per kg of ideal body weight. Consuming legumes as the preferred source of protein could lead to excess calories. These excess calories therefore, do not allow to lose weight.
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, Nutritionist in Hyderabad, India, online dietician in Hyderabad can be contacted via email email@example.com or Mobile +91 94910 11202. #nutritionist #nutrition #diabetes #dietician #diet #nutritionisthyderabad #nutritionist #deepikachalasani