By Dr Suneet Khanna
OBESITY IS ABOUT WILLPOWER NOT BIOLOGY
Obesity is a very complex disorder.There are many genetic, biological & environmental factors that have a major effect on body weight. It is not about will power.
EAT LESS MOVE MORE ‘ is a good advice
Telling people with weight problems to just “eat less move more”is ineffective advice.It rarely work’s in the long term. Its like telling someone with depression to cheer up.
CARBS MAKE YOU FAT
Low carb diets are very effective for weight loss. However carbs are not what causes obesity in the first place.The truth is whole foods that are high in carbs are very healthy.
FAT MAKES YOU FAT
Fat has often been blamed for the obesity epidemic,but there is nothing inherently fattening about dietary fat.Yet eating a lot of fat along with a high carb, high calorie junk food based diet, will definitely make you fat.
EATING BREAKFAST IS NECESSARY TO LOSE WEIGHT
It is true that breakfast skippers tend to weigh more than breakfast eaters.
Eat when you are hungry, stop when you are full.
FAST FOOD IS ALWAYS FATTENING- Fast food does not have to be unhealthy or fattening.Most fast food chains offer some healthier alternatives to their main offerings.Such as chicken skewers/ steak with baked potato or chicken salads with avocado dip
WEIGHT LOSS DIETS ACTUALLY WORK-Dieting usually doesn’t work in long term. Most people gain the weight back. If you manage to increase your activity levels, eat healthier ( take professional
help ) & sleep better, then weight loss will be easier.
“Diet” FOOD CAN HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT
A lot of junk food is marketed as healthy. Examples include low fat food, fat free foods, processed gluten-free foods & disguised high sugar beverages. A good thumb rule – if the packaging of a food tells you its healthy then probably its bad for you.
The writer is Dr. Suneet Khanna who is Diet Doctor at The westside clinic.