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Friday, July 10, 2015

The Balanced Diet Story

Diet - the word women hate and yet the word they live on. Maintaining the right size is always on top of a woman's checklist though now - a -days men too pay a lot of attention to the extra falbs of fat from here and there. It still gives women more headaches, nightmares then it does to the men. It is not easy to maintain the right body weight all the time. There is always seasonal tempting food around. 

Summer though is a relatively easy time, especially if one is in a climate like Delhi, one just consumes drinks and yet we are blessed with the best ice-cream parlours in town and pastry shops, the world's cuisine is found right here and how can and for how long can you keep your taste buds waiting. So telling yourself starting tomorrow I will do it tomorrow you consume it all. Then one day you realize it has been too much, the layers are just piling on, you look into the mirror and resolve to put an end to it, for it is also the wedding season. Somebody or the other is getting married, you are going to spend time and energy on getting dresses, might as well look good for all those pictures going on facebook. Girlfriends, I am sure you identify your self with this very phenomenon don't you? 

However in most cases this season also coincides with the fainting season, where people on diet keep fainting at work place. Come to reason that working professionals and people at the top of their careers where one challenge constantly faces the next are always on their toes under the pressure of performance. A crash diet cannot give one all the energy one needs and so one faints. Speaking as a biochemist, one needs a constant supply of energy or carbon source such as sugars to be supplied to all their tissues, mostly us being a race that has a desk job, the brain needs glucose and so do your muscles, you deprive it, you faint. Worse than it is people often forget that what they need to cut off is the extra carbs, but tend to diet so heavily that they get vitamin and mineral deficiencies and the end result is you might be slim but you have to pop up five pills a day. Is that a sign of a healthy individual, intuitively not!

So in such times we should remember one thing a balanced diet, eat less but ensure you have everything you need in your diet. A balanced diet contains carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals and fat in the right amount. Now don't choke on the word fat, fat essentially in scientific terms means lipid molecules and a considerable amount of your cell architecture is made up of lipid, so you do need that too albeit in the right amount. 

There is a popular term "low carb diet" and it works when it comes to losing weight, it is because carbohydrates meaning sugars are the most easily digested forms of energy but in excess they tend to accumulate too by conversion into fats. Hence a low carb diet helps but if you avoid them totally and you don't have an instant source of energy in your body you faint. Therefore since the vedic times a lot of ancient texts recommend honey as a part of diet. It is sweet and has a lot of monosaccharide’s in it like glucose, fructose which makes 70-80% of it. So if you have it you feel energized instantly. It also has antibiotic properties.

Various elegant studies have been published in its role in wound healing, fighting infections, curing acidity etc. It just doesn’t help you diet but also stay healthy and infection free.

Dabur is a brand I trust and my mother always fed me a glass of warm water with lemon and dabur honey in it so that all that I do for diet gets balanced. Did you listen to your mom today? If not visit know the benefits of honey and include it in your diet today!

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