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Weight issue sorted

health-and-fitness Updated: Oct 27, 2012 17:31 IST
Dr Anjali Mukerjee
Dr Anjali Mukerjee
Hindustan Times
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Weight gain or loss is a never ending phenomenon. Some of us might consume fatty foods and yet not gain weight. Some of us might have craving even if the body doesn’t need it. Why does this happen?

Here are some weight issues answered for you.

Is there a way to lose weight in certain areas of the body?
When you lose about 10-12 kg, your problem areas also reduce in size, though proportionately they are still larger than other areas. Even exercising does not help as it can only tone the muscle in that area and make you look firm. But the underlining layer of fat remains unless you follow a sensible weight loss program. Besides, genetics also play a major role in deciding where you will be putting on weight.

I love fried foods and I am not overweight. So why is consuming fried and fatty foods bad for health?
When excess fats are eaten, the food’s digestion is retarded. The stomach produces less hydrochloric acid with increased fat intake, this makes digestion more difficult. The liver too has to work harder to break down the excess fat. There are also health problems related to excessive oil intake. Fried and fatty foods when consumed regularly cause free radical formation in the body which destroy the body cells and damage the functioning of body organs. Damage to the cells can precipitate tumours, cancers, heart disease, gall bladder problems, fatty liver, diabetes etc. Some other problems include indigestion, acidity, weakened vision and emotional imbalances. Excess dietary fat intake also causes inflammation in the joints, pain, spasms and cramps. Therefore, it is healthier for people to cut down fat intake.

I crave sweets and chocolates and rice. Isn’t my body telling me that I need these foods?
Craving is just based on your taste buds and not ingrained in your bio-chemistry. If you eat according to your cravings, you are sure to put on weight. The silver lining however is that if you are generally eating healthily for at least five days a week, then it is alright to have sweets moderately once a week. If you switch to brown rice instead of white rice, then you can have it three to four times a week.

(Dr Anjali Mukerjee is a nutritionist and the founder of Health Total, a nutrition counselling centre)