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DNBAN14036 | 10/1/2009 | Author : Nidhi Bhushan | WC :729

A good diet is one where the person doesn't feel deprived of food and yet loses weight

Thirty-year-old Ronita Dutt Sachdev, like most women, longed to get into that little black dress someday, but her weight didn’t allow it. So, she decided to fight the flab; she enrolled in one of the city's high-end gyms.
“I didn't like going to the gym as the instructors there asked me to make drastic changes in my lifestyle. There were too many restrictions on what to eat, when to eat, how much to eat, and so on. Honestly, it didn't work and I was very de-motivated,” says Sachdev.
Sachdev was asked to check her weight at the gym on a daily basis and at times she was even yelled at for putting on a kilo or two. “My instructor would exclaim if I had indulged in something delicious the previous day—it was far from any sort of encouragement. Eventually, I stopped going to the gym altogether,” she says.
After realising that she couldn't possibly alter her lifestyle this way, Sachdev decided to consult a dietician to manage her weight.
“I've been going to Dr Anju Sood for the past one month and I've already lost six kilos. She has put me on a diet, but I've not had to make any drastic change in my lifestyle. I'm allowed to eat out out  and also have a few drinks. The diet prescribed to me has been constructed keeping my way of living in mind. She’s taken care of everything from my genetic makeup to my work life —the diet is very 'me' specific. Moreover, Dr Sood explains the concept in detail so that one understands how the diet will benefit in the long run,” says Sachdev.
A good diet is one where the person doesn’t feel deprived of food and yet loses weight. “Changing a person's lifestyle altogether is something I don’t believe in at all. It's not a long-term solution. While prescribing a diet, I take a person's lifestyle into consideration and work around a way in which they don't need to compromise with their social life,” says Dr Anju Sood, diet and weight management consultant.
Sood’s concept of a dieting is called neutregenics, which is a combination of nutrition and genetics, and pretty much covers all aspects of weight loss. “Blood group, associative problems like hypertension, diabetes, blood sugar, etc, and body composition are some of the things I look into before prescribing a diet,” says Dr Sood, adding that all blood groups have a different antigen/antibody ratio and one should take this into consideration while planning a diet chart.
A number of socialites, who cannot afford to compromise on their meet-n-greets, also consult Dr Sood for weight loss. “A 40-year-old client of mine lost 17kgs in four months without making any drastic change to her lifestyle. I had asked her to reduce her drinking, but not stop it. She still drinks and is happy with her weight too,” says Dr Sood. Even 36-year-old Shilpa Gupta (name changed), was a victim of obesity till she consulted a dietician. A happy-go-lucky lady, she was always the life of a party. However, due to her sedentary lifestyle, she put on a lot of weight.
“I used to be thin. I don’t even know when I began to put on weight. I couldn’t do anything drastic to change the way I lived as I loved going out and chilling with friends,” she says.
Gupta was also asked to make a few changes in her eating habits after she consulted a dietician. “I was made to follow simple instructions like ‘eat something before going out so that I'm not very hungry at parties’, ‘limit my drinks to two or three’ and ‘drink at least six to eight glasses of water'. I lost 21kgs in five months just by making these changes,” she says.
According to doctors, losing weight also depends on the person’s state-of-mind. “If people start focusing on the benefits of staying fit and eating healthy, nobody can stop them from losing weight. One has to understand his or her own body to stay fit and enjoy being active and eat healthy,” says Dr Renu Arora, lifestyle physician and fitness consultant at Columbia Asia hospital. “I don't ask any of my patients to stop eating junk food, as I think as long as one is conscious of what he or she is eating it's fine to enjoy life.” b_nidhi@dnaindia.net

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