fat tummyI am 42 years old and my height is 5 ft 5.5 in but my weight is 78 kg. I mostly have fat around my tummy. I take two or three chapatis with subzi in the morning along with a cup of tea or parantha once or twice in the week . I eat three chapatis with dal and vegetable or rice at times during lunch. I skip lunch twice or thrice in a week. In the evening, I have one cup of tea with some bakery product or a piece of sweet. Dinner is almost same as lunch. I walk (some distance jogging nearly one km) around 5 km four times in week. I also take Ayur slim produced by Himalaya ayurveda, Banglore. But I am not seeing any results. My weight is increasing day by day. Please suggest the right way to exercise and diet.

Answered by our expert Naini Setalvad, a well-known nutritionist. 

To have a completely healthy lifestyle, you should begin with cutting out on all unhealthy foods. These include: fried food, chocolates, alcohol, aerated drinks, processed foods, packaged foods (like potato chips, etc.), sherbets, jams, pickles, butter, cheese, sugar, jaggery, ghee, smoking, ice cream, cakes, biscuits – with or without cream, packaged fruit juice. Here are some unhealthy foods which you thought were healthy, but are not.

Switch to whole grains such as jowar, nachani or bajra from wheat rotis. Eat brown rice instead of white rice. Increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Aim for 5-8 servings in a day. Eat a big, raw salad per meal; it will give a lot more satisfaction for a lot less calories. However, ensure that it is oil and mayonnaise-free. Add small amounts of nuts, seeds and dry fruits to your evening, or mid-meal snack, especially California pistachios, Kashmiri walnuts, Iranian almonds, dates, raisins and California prunes. Ensure that you eat according to the season, and eat slowly, till you feel full. Avoid overeating, and you could use these to replace your unhealthy sweet and/or bakery product in the evenings.

Avoid skipping meals, as that causes you to overeat during the next meal. Read more about the diet habits that you need to change. 

Involve yourself in some exercise. Do yoga, swimming, or even go for regular walks. Do some form of cardiovascular exercise five days a week, for at least 30 minutes. Cook with minimal oil, no more than 3 tsp per person per day. Here are some cardio exercises you can do to lose weight.

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  • ankush thakur

    hi guys i am 5 7″ tall and weigh around 82 kgs from last 2 weeks i am doing something and reduced weight upto 3 kgs and now i am 79 kgs. it was told to me by my frnd who lost 15 kgs in 3 months without any eating restrictions. what he suggested is to run for atleast 3 km a day and eat fruits before meals. but running has to be done as sprinting not jogging. if you cant run for 1 km at a stretch then run for 200 mtr but for 15 times and keep noting down the time. try to reduce the time taken as you are preparing for some athletic competition. some people cant run due to heavy structure so for them first walking for minimum 5 km and 1/2 km as fast they can run. you will get pain in the starting but will get used to in few days. I am aiming for 70 kgs I hope you will start doing something similar and get back in shape.

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