AHMEDABAD: While delivering a talk on ‘Future-proof your health’ at Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA) in Ahmedabad on Saturday, celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar emphasized on being more mobile and active in one’s day-to-day life. She said that the citizens must put pressure on the local governments to make the city more walkable, so that people are more mobile. During her address, Diwekar talked about where most people go wrong in attempting to lose weight. Here are a few excerpts:
Gain muscle, bone weight
According to Diwekar, it is important to shift focus from losing body weight to gaining muscle mass and bone. “The more muscle and bone weight you gain, the more fat you would lose. Weak bone and muscle density is one of the leading causes of insulin resistance,” she said.
Local and traditional
Instead of counting calories, one must choose foods that are local, seasonal and traditional. “Look for versatility in your food by identifying the various number of ways you could eat them. Look for therapeutic value and ritualistic purposes in food,” she explained.
Emphasizing on consuming local foods, Diwekar said that every region has an extensive diversity of its own foods, which needs to be maintained, instead of moving towards a more westernized diet. “Local, farm fresh food is invariably packed with nutrition and will suffice your nutritional needs better than processed foods.”
Mantra of 150 minutes
Diwekar said that to maintain one’s health, exercising for at least 150 minutes a week is crucial. “At the same time, one must remain active and keep moving on a daily basis. We are into a habit of not moving around. It is important to put pressure on local governments to make the city to become more walkable so that people get more mobile and active in their daily life,” she said.
Diet and exercise regime
The biggest mistake people make is looking for diet and exercise regimes that help them lose weight in a couple of weeks, according to Diwekar. “What you took 15 years to accumulate cannot go off so easily. Instead of finding a shortcut diet and exercise plan, build one that you can sustain for the next 15 years. As a thumb-rule, you must ideally lose only 10% of your current weight in a year,” she said.