If you are totally motivated to walk the path of health transformation but are still confused about weight loss diet vs healthy eating habits this post is for you.
Scroll ahead to discover what kind of diet plan worked for me.
Ever since I lost 25 kgs in 24 months and have turned to a sports person, I am regularly asked about the secret to my weight loss.
In this post, I will be speaking about the facts behind weight-loss diets.
If you are like me, you would have definitely hit search engines like our most-trusted Google to look for the best weight loss diet plans. Prior to my health transformation journey, God knows how many hours I have spent scrolling to pages and videos containing loads of information on weight loss diets and their effectiveness.
If you enter the phrase: best weight loss diet plan in Google. About 37, 20, 00,000 results are indexed. (three hundred and seventy-two million pages)
Can you imagine the number of people who have been creating content around this topic? It leads me to think: if diet plans weren’t effective then why would there be so much content around it?
At the centre of the Google Search first page, you will see something like this:
So people don’t only search for: best weight loss diet plan they also ask several related questions to the topic. Each of it has a detailed answer supporting it through a health and fitness website. There are several sponsored ads that the user also scrolls through on this page.
At the bottom of the Google Search first page, you will see something like this:
So, what are the facts behind weight-loss diets?
Which is the best diet plan that really works?
Before I started my health transformation journey, I had tried almost every diet that I could get my hands on. Unfortunately, none of them worked for me. I ended up feeling deprived, fatigued and frustrated. I usually shifted to my ‘normal’ unhealthy lifestyle and binged on whatever came my way.
I couldn’t stick to a diet plan – it always failed for me.
I just couldn’t cope due to my hectic schedule. I am a mother of two beautiful and healthy kids. I started looking at them. I was doing something right in their diet.
I had a EUREKA moment! I decided to eat everything that is healthy from there on!
Facts about weight loss diets
Nursing yourself back to health isn’t easy. Age, activity, mental state, level of activity, wear and tear of the body, lifestyle diseases etc – all need to be taken into consideration before you embark on this journey.
Before you implement any of the tips in this blog post, it is advisable to consult a qualified health expert or medical professional.
- Diet May Be More Important Than Exercise
- Fruits and Vegetables Are Crucial
- Cutting Back On Processed Sugar Works
- Not All Carbs Are Bad
- Drink Water
- You cannot lose 10 kgs in a month
- Fasting & Skipping meals never help
- Carbohydrates never make you gain weight
What worked for me?
Well, before you jump to the list, you need to understand that these diet modifications were made over a long period of time and very gradually.
Being a working mother of two, I needed to find a diet that would help me to nurse my health back to optimal condition. I needed to be less tired, more energetic and lose all the excess fat below my skin and around my organs.
I had a strict exercise routine that was a combination of aerobics, strength training, yoga. I used to intersperse it with walking, running and cycling. On average, I started with 30 min of physical activity and gradually moved up to 2 hours of activity.
In short, I needed a diet that would complement my physical activity.
The diet modifications that I made are as below and were done step-by-step. As and when I required to take them on. I had no dietician or nutritionist to guide me – simply because I found them very expensive. I relied on a few friends who are doctors and fitness freaks to help me with the modifications. This worked for me, but whether it will work for you, is something that you need to explore.
I truly believe that the presence of a nutritionist or dietician would have accelerated my health transformation journey but I couldn’t afford one. So, I course-corrected in several places and learned as I went along. It taught me to listen to my body and its response to different kind of foods.
Diet modifications that helped me:
- Reducing and spacing out portions
- Eating smaller meals through the day
- Counting calories and food portions
- Maintaining a food diary
- Cutting out processed foods completely
- Saying NO to fried foods
- Throwing out oil and using homemade ghee instead
- No sugar – substituted sugar for jaggery
- No salt – used sendha namak/lemons for salt
- Substitute rice for steel-cut oats, quinoa, rolled oats, bajra, makkai
- Watching for hidden sugar and salt
- Cutting out milk completely: substitute with curds or buttermilk
- Consuming At least one portion of fruits a day
Do you have any queries regarding this post or health transformation in general? Are you struggling towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle?
Do write to me, I would love to respond to your queries.
Dear Reader: You must know that I am not a healthcare expert and nor am I posing to be one through this series. I am sharing my personal experiences and journey. I urge you to speak to your healthcare professional before trying anything in this series.