Secrets Behind Weight Loss That Nobody Told You About
After several failed attempts at weight loss and unimpressive trysts with slimming centres, I was fed up of my piling kilos. I understand that with underactive thyroid glands, losing weight wasn't an easy task for me, but my T3, T4, TSH levels were normal. Then why was I not losing weight? (Sob, sob)
As a last resort, I enrolled in a new course (called Truweight) that promised to help me lose weight with the help of superfoods. These are the things that came in the 3-month course:
- 1 Detox Kit + 3 Superfoods Kit (Dispatched at regular intervals)
- A personal nutritionist who will regularly call me up and guide me
- A personalized meal plan that changes every few days
- 2 books that will help me sail through the weight loss process
To kickstart the program, it was essential that I download the Truweight app. Here, my nutritionist would share the diet plan for my ongoing phase; I can log in my food intake, water intake, exercise, etc.
As I told you in my previous blog, when I started the program, I shed 2 kilos in 2 weeks [In case you missed out that blog, CLICK HERE - The Weight Loss Program That Made Me Eat A Lot And Shed Weight Too!]. But then, all of a sudden, my weighing machine started showing an upward trend. I panicked. My nutritionist, too, noticed the weight gain, when I logged it in the app. She called me up. When I expressed my concern, she explained to me the science behind weight gain and weight loss.
So, here goes!
- Besides regular grains like wheat and rice, including grains like jowar, bajra, ragi, foxtail millet, etc. in our daily diet also helps weight loss.
- Inches are a better indicator than kilos are of slimming.
- The more muscles you have in your body, the more calories you will burn. One pound of muscle automatically burns around 6 calories a day. So, try to do some weights too, as much as possible.
- Hormonal imbalance sets in when you eat unhealthy food, maintain long gaps between two meals, binge eat, take a lot of sedatives, do not drink enough water or do not eat enough of nutrient-rich wholesome food.
- The calorie counting model is not appropriate for weight loss, since it takes into account only calories; what about the nutritional value? "100 calories from a soft drink are not the same as 100 calories from an apple," the nutritionist explained.
- Food items such as almonds, coconut water, buttermilk, curd, sprouts, fruits, vegetables, pulses are super healthy and should ideally become a part of your staple diet, especially if you're on a diet.
- Each of your meal should be ‘balanced'. If you're still unsure of what it means – a balanced meal is the one that contains appropriate selections from the five major food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy.
- There are two types of hormones – one, that tells the body to store fats, and two, that tells the body to burn fats. The kind of food you consume (no matter how low on calories it is) determines which of these two types of hormones is activated. To lose weight, you need more of fat-burning hormones. Their levels can be increased with a diet high in fibre, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, protein-rich foods such as lean meat, fish, pulses, legumes, paneer, etc.
- Exercise contributes only 20-30% to weight loss. Rest of the 70-80% comes from your food.
- Women usually experience bloating during menses. So, ideally, you should not weigh yourself during those 9 days – 7 days of the menses, and 2 days before it starts. (Bingo! This is the reason for my weight gain, I heaved a sigh of relief!)
- If you increase your salt intake, your body tends to retain water.
- Sugar is one of the biggest reasons for weight gain/failed weight loss attempts.
- Starving will eventualy lead to increased weight. So, avoid starvations and not (healthy) food.
- If you are a chocoholic like me, opt for a square or two of dark chocolate whenever you crave for those brown delectables.
Now that you know all the secrets, it's time for you to include them in your lifestyle and shed some kilos in a healthy way.
As for my weight loss journey, well, I am still in the process. I'll tell you if Truweight did actually help me lose weight or not, in the concluding episode of this series. Until then, ciao people :)