nutritionist Lisa John was fat once and it's hard to believe that
this mother of three ever had a weight problem for 28 long years.
Because she's been the butt of jokes and has been through bouts
of gorging followed by starvation routines, she knows exactly how
a fat person feels. She lost 25kgs in a year. Lisa John invests
time and energy in her clients and lending a sympathetic ear comes
naturally to her. She spends time analyzing your eating habits and
More than that she has had people
pouring out their hearts to her. Emotional problems often lead to
eating disorders. "You can't fight any battle on an empty stomach
so don't even try to fight this battle on one". She says, the
golden rule is never to be hungry and never to skip a meal. After
years of study and experimenting, she has come to certain conclusions
about food and dieting.
The first and
most important principle is to ensure that your energy requirement
of calories for the day are properly distributed between meals.
According to Lisa, breakfast and midmorning snack should constitute
40% of calories for the day, lunch and tea, 40% and dinner, 20%.
The second principle is to
ensure that each meal is a combination of complex carbohydrates
and protein foods, along with which a good variety of vegetables
and fruits must be added throughout the day. Please note that the
quantity of food eaten in meals must be controlled and is specific
and different from individual to individual. Overeating of the right
food can also lead to obesity. E.g. A person says he never eats
fatty foods but whenever he eats his meals his quantities of the
right foods, namely rice, dhal etc. are much more than his body
requires. All the extra rice and dhal is converted to fat and stored.
The third principle is that
fat in the body can be reduced or removed only when the fat coming
into the body is kept to a minimum of 2-3 teaspoons per day. This
means that minimum oil may be used for seasoning. However, all oily
preparations, groundnuts, coconut, fried foods, fatty bakery foods,
sweets, fatty non-veg dishes, creamy milk and milk products like
butter, ghee and cheese must be completely avoided. "Take heart,
its not forever, 2-3 monthly only" says Lisa. In three months
you can lose 10kgs.