A) About Medical investigations

  While prescribing a diet for me, why do you recommend medical investigations?

A diet plan has to be charted, taking into consideration current & past health condition. Based on you and your family’s past medical history, certain investigations will help us determine the best diet plan. For e.g. if your cholesterol levels are high, foods high in cholesterol will need to be restricted. In cases where uric acid levels are already high, intake of proteins will need to be controlled to avoid health conditions like gout.

B) About losing weight

  How much weight can I expect to lose & in how much time?

Typically one can lose about 4-6 kgs in 1 month. Losing more weight may not be healthy and will have side-effects on your body.

  Do you ensure weight-loss?

We do not believe in starvation diets and any other diet that cannot be followed by you, based on your lifestyle. The key is to customize a diet plan, which you will be able to follow, yet control calories intake and ensure supply of necessary nutrients. We cannot ensure weight loss, but in most cases, based on a properly planned diet and minor lifestyle changes, patients do lose about 4-6 kgs weight in 1 month.

  Is spot reduction possible?

No, spot reduction is not possible and is not recommended either. There are firms which guarantee spot reduction based on vibrating belts and other machines. We feel that these can lead to temporary weight loss, but have serious side effects.

C) About choosing plans

  Which plan should I select?

Based on your objectives, you can select a plan. We would recommend that you select at least a 3 months plan, as 1 month is typically too short a period to see results. However, if you do not feel comfortable, you may opt to choose a 1 month plan.

D) About diet supplements

  What is your opinion on popular diet supplement products that claim to help you reduce weight

Before taking any diet supplements, it is important to ensure that they have no side effects. To be on the safer side, it is best to avoid diet supplements altogether.

  Do you advise any medicines as part of the diet plan

Any medicines advised by your physician should continue unchanged. Depending on your pathological investigations, we may advise some multivitamin supplements. In case of any conflicts, we would advise you to consult your physician.

E) About starvation diets/ detox diets etc.

  Do you believe in starvation diets, do they work?

Starvation is not dieting. During starvation, one loses proteins from the body and not fat content. It is obvious that starvation will help weight loss, but it is only temporary in nature and the weight will go up as soon as you stop starvation. Also it has serious detrimental effects on your health. A properly planned diet should have all the necessary food groups in appropriate proportions, while controlling the total calorie intake during the day.

  Do you believe in detox diets, do they work?

Detox diets are meant to cleanse your body of all the toxins and they typically focus on consuming one food group or only liquids in a day. Your body cannot sustain on such diets and hence these diets are not recommended.

F) About maintenance diets

  After the diet program, will I put on weight again?

Once you achieve your objective in terms of weight loss, it is important to transition to a maintenance diet. You should be conscious of what you eat and how it fits into your diet plan. A light exercise routine along with a maintenance diet can ensure that your weight does not go up again.

G) About checking weight and other parameters

  When should I check weight, how often?

You should check your weight, preferably in the morning hours at a fixed time, before breakfast. Avoid checking weight on a daily basis. Once in a week or once in 15 days is good enough.

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