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Would you advise non carbohydrate diet to reduce weight and get back in shape?

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Would you advise a non carb diet? I am a vegetarian and love fruits and vegetables. Donot drink aerated drinks. However, i see a steady increase in weight since i turned 40. How can i get back to shape?
Posted Tue, 17 Dec 2013 in Weight
Answered by Meenakshi Attrey 6 days later
Brief Answer: moderate Carbs are required with high fiber diet Detailed Answer: Hi XXXXXXX Thanks for posting the query. A non carb. diet is usually recommended in the special medical conditions only. I would advise you to take a moderate carbohydrate diet with more fiber and protein sources. Include more salads, fruits and whole grains, these would provide the insoluble fibers and add bulk to your diet. Refined foods are low on fiber and provide instant calories thus, check their intake. Avoid pure ghee, butter, cream etc. these foods are rich in saturated fats and are associated with high cholesterol and body fat. Instead, choose from the unsaturated fats like refined vegetable oils, sunflower oil, soybean oil, rice XXXXXXX oil etc. You may include nuts, nut butter and seeds of flax, pumpkin, chia, watermelon etc. Choose from the low fat dairy products, and replace the regular cheese with tofu (soy paneer). If you eat non vegetarian food, go for the leaner cuts and preferably avoid the red meat and organs. Also, say no to egg yolk. Make sure that you take only roasted non veg. and for not more than twice a week. Keep yourself hydrated and divide your meals into smaller portions. Eat frequently; fix timings to help you keep safe from eating in-between. Eating frequently does not necessarily mean that you can eat at any time. Do not forget to keep yourself hydrated enough throughout the day. You may include sugar less green tea in your daily routine. It’s packed with antioxidants to boost your metabolism. Take your meal before leaving the house, to avoid those hunger strokes while you are in market or at office. Availability of mouthwatering snacks makes it difficult to resist them when you are hungry. Go for regular exercises, brisk walk for 45 min is considered ideal for weight loss. You may start with 15 min and gradually add 2-4 minutes every day to reach 45 minutes. Try sit ups and abdominal crunches for abdominal fat deposits. Also make small lifestyle modifications like, eating food on time, avoiding activities like reading and watching TV while eating. With increase in age the metabolism starts slowing down and as a result we experience gradual weight gain. The above mentioned tips would help you increase the metabolism and thus loose weight. Hope i answered your query. Meenakshi
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Follow-up: Would you advise non carbohydrate diet to reduce weight and get back in shape? 11 hours later
Thank you Doctor, very useful tips.
Answered by Meenakshi Attrey 7 hours later
Brief Answer: welcome Detailed Answer: If your concern is addressed, please close this discussion. Regards
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