I still remember the day when my classmate Debolina suddenly collapsed in the classroom amidst college lecture. We all rushed to her to find out what happened. P R Sir ( Prasanta Roy, Sociology department Presidency College) asked us to spirinkle water on her face as she was almost unconsius. Sir asked us to bring a glass of sugar water from his pantry. We did that and somehow made her drink that. We called doctor and yes…… Sir was right. It was due to lowering of sugar level in her body as she was DIETING.
I couldn’t understand if she was dieting or fasting. All these years I have seen many people around me who diet……. Have nothing or have cucumbers.
Although I am not a nutritionist but I have read my articles and observed people who have done wonders with dieting. Dieting actually means having balanced diet , having more of fibres and yes avoidance of certain foods
Fibres rich foods help us not to feel hungry. Good examples are fruits and vegetables. Of course some people have allergy to certain fruits ….these can be avoided.
Lentils are good sources of natural protein and they help in strengthening our skin, bones and muscles. The best way to have lentils is to let them germinate overnight and have it in the morning as raw or make a salad by adding chopped onions, cucumber, tomatoes, chili, black salt and a dash of lemon juice.
Salt misbalances our water retaining capacity so it is better to avoid too much salt as it makes us feel heavy and sometimes it leads to high blood pressure.
Sugar – Fruits are natural sweeteners and hence do not harm our body but sugar contained in Cakes, biscuits and softdrinks are not good they dilute in our body and we feel instant energy but this energy is not sustainable and excess of sugar from these products transoms into cholesterol.
Alcohol also gives us instant energy but in inactivates the tissue cells for 12 hours after consuming it and within these 12 hour the body cannot absorb oxygen which is fatal.
Butter, ghee, oil and red meat contribute to cholesterol so it is better to avoid them. They are sources of trans fat. However good other nuts fat from Cashew, Almonds and other nuts are good for our body so we can have them regularly.
Water is the utmost important for our body as it helps to flushes out toxins. Each adult should have 2-3 litres of water. It is also important to have water slowly while sitting rather standing and in hurry.
Brisk walk and exercise are important along with dieting as it not only helps to firm the body but also burn excess fat. Walking in early morning and in evening is best.
At the end dieting is a way to have balanced diet so that our body remains healthy. It is not a matter of one day in a week or few months it is a philosophy which should be adhered throughout life……..and yes it is important to satisfy your taste buds also so we can indulge in ‘No diet ‘ food sometimes.