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How to lose all the flab

health and fitness Updated: Sep 17, 2011 17:40 IST
Dr. Shikha Sharma
Dr. Shikha Sharma
Hindustan Times
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Most women on a weight loss plan have come across what is called the plateau – that frustrating point when, no matter how healthy they eat and how much effort they put into their workouts, they just cannot lose any more weight. After talking to several thousand of my patients, I think these are the reasons why women hit that plateau.

Eating too much food that is sugar-free and fat-free: Sugar-free foods tend to have a lot of salt and, possibly, hidden oils, and fat-free products usually contain preservatives and chemicals that interfere with weight loss.

Lack of fibre: Fibre absorbs toxins lining the intestine, and it also creates bulk when you eat, which gives you the feeling of satiety. If you hit the plateau during weight loss, add wheat bran and oat bran to your diet.

Weight lossLow water intake: Our bodies are made of 2/3rds water. Many people have concentrated toxins in their systems, which prevent weight loss. Drinking two or three bottles of water a day ensures that the toxins are properly flushed out.

Pre-menstrual period: During the pre-menstrual period, it is difficult to lose weight due to water retention and preferential fat absorption. So eat a lot of fibre and a low fat diet a week before the menstrual cycle begins. Avoid salt and sugar at night.

Body water: Body water plays games, so one day you can show weight loss but, if your body retains water overnight, your weight can go up by 1.5 kilos. To ensure that this fluctuation doesn’t happen frequently, avoid all sour foods and salt at night. Drink jasmine and chamomile tea. Go to a sauna regularly – the sweat releases excess body water. Keep in mind that NO laxatives or diuretics must be taken. These have side effects like nausea, low blood pressure, dizziness and blackouts.

Kind of exercise: Over-exercising does not enhance weight loss. The correct exercise is consistent brisk walking combined with pilates or yoga. By overdoing weights and other exercise, you don’t lose weight faster or better.

From HT Brunch, September 18

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