Why You Should Diet No Diet

Every season, a new “fad diet” pops up. This can go vegan, Mediterranean, Atkins and Paleo ultra low carb, ultra low fat, Dukan, intermittent fasting, Zone diet, etc. Many people spend a large part of their lives jumping from one diet to another, hoping to find that magic bullet that will help them get the body of their dreams. Almost all diets work to some extent for a short period of time and people will see changes within hours or days. However, in reality, there should be no diet. We should all follow the “no diet” diet, where we make permanent and lasting changes to our eating habits.

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Here is some food for thought. We recommend reducing carbohydrate intake that most cultures encourage excessive drinking. Secondly, we recommend increasing fat and protein intake. While Rajat is a vegetarian, when it comes to a well balanced diet, he suggests that everyone is following a non-vegetarian diet (ie diet that contains meat and animal products). Being a pure non-vegetarian and eat vegetables and fruit minimum is not advisable either. This does not mean being a carnivore and that eating meat, but be aware of where your food comes (in particular proteins). Proteins are the building blocks of your muscles and you need to recover faster after intense workouts such as walking, running, cycling, swimming, weight training, etc. Protein is also essential for all functions of the human body, so we must consider when we receive them from. If you are unable to eat meat, make sure you have a variety of plant protein sources, such as dairy products, legumes, pulses, etc. Fats had a lot of bad publicity and are confounded with fat in the body. They are important to you. In all cases, women can endure pregnancy for 9 months because of the fat in their bodies compared to men.

We should choose the best practices among the diets that work for us. But certainly not going to extreme diets because they can be harmful.

Fasting has been a part of cultures like India for thousands of years, where people fast once a week. Although intermittent fasting has become popular in recent years, we all need to remember that we fast every night. We don’t wake up at night to eat. Before the invention of electricity, humans only ate during certain times of the day, such as sunrise or sunset, etc. This could mean long periods of fasting, perhaps up to 14 hours a day, with a break from 6 p.m. (dark) to 8 a.m. (light). Breakfast is called “quick break” for a reason; we “break” the “fast”!

Another myth to break to the field of supplements, which are called exactly that for a reason. You just have to take them to supplement your regular diet if your usual meals are missing something. Don’t let them be the main source of any nutrient.

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There is also an argument to really want or need to lose weight at all. As the saying goes, “Muscle weighs more than fat. Just enough, a kilogram of muscle will be as heavy as a kilogram of fat, but muscle is much denser than fat. Therefore, a kilogram of muscle will take up much less space than fat. With this consideration, what we should be promoting is body re-composition where fat is lost and muscle is gained. There will be circumstances in which body weight will need to be reduced. There should be less focus on the scales and more on the health and wellness outcomes of any diet. Remember, there is no ideal weight. As this book is titled MoveMint MedicineIt goes without saying that exercise and physical activity are associated with any “diet”. MoveMint can never overcome (or exercise) a bad diet. But a good diet will always require the exercise for health and well-being.

Excerpted from MoveMint Medicine by Dr Rajat Chauhan and Dr Darren Player Courtesy of Penguin Random House India

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