Food is good!

  • Posted on: 12 August 2013
  • By: admin

The pursuit of the size zero resulting in many cases of depression is not uncommon in this age of unreal media and the showbiz hype.

The goal of obesity management is to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. The actual quantity of weight you need to maintain to stay healthy may be much higher than you think you need. Healthy weight can be achieved by making changes in the diet, increasing activity and modifying lifestyle. In adverse cases, your doctor may advise you to undergo a surgery to supplement your efforts.

Here is Dr. Mahidhar Valeti, one of Hyderabad’s most sought after bariatric surgeons perspective on this subject.
According to him, an optimum diet must comprise of all food groups in required amounts all through the day.

Carbs are good!
Carbohydrates or carbs are found in every food except meat and oils. Of the total calories you eat, 60% should come from carbs. In addition to the calories, carbs rich foods also provide fiber, the insoluble part of food famous for its health benefits, whole grain cereals that provide carbs are also good sources of vitamin B1, B6 and nicotinic acid.
Carbs have a protein sparing action which is responsible helps the body rest.

So is fat!
Fats are essential for important body functions. 20% of the calories you eat must comprise of fats both visible and invisible.
Apart from making food tasty and satisfying your craving, fats are concentrated sources of energy that are important for the absorption of vitamins A, D, E and K.

Protein is vital
Protein is the component that builds the muscle, skin and body fluids that contain the antibodies that fight infection.
An active individual requires 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight to help recover from the daily wear and tear induced by daily activity.

What not to do Crash diets aimed at low calorie intake also cut down the intake of some really essential nutrients leading to health issues like vitamin deficiencies. Fasting makes it even worse. In the above two cases, most of the body weight that you seem to lose is from loss of water content which regains as soon as you get back to normal diet.