Anyone thinking about trying a fad diet should remember that they are called fad diets for a reason. They are, at best, ineffective for long-term weight loss and, at worst, dangerous to your health. In this blog,
Yash Birla shares his perspective on Fad diets.
Yash Birla is one of the most influential businessmen in India, who is also looked up to for his health and fitness tips. With an experience of around two decades, he shares the knowledge that he garnered during this period. He staunchly opposes the idea of fad diets, as they are not suitable for long-term well-being.
Fad diets are programmes marketed as the best and quickest way to lose weight. However, several of these diets call for skipping meals that include the nutrients your body needs to remain healthy. It is implied by some diets that certain hormones are to blame for weight gain and that eating certain things can alter one’s body chemistry. The research behind these diets is either incomplete or flawed.
These are the types of diets that are frequently advertised in the media or supported by public figures. Some promote certain foods, such as raw foods, probiotic-containing foods, or vegetables like cabbage. Alternatively, they could consist of high-fat, low-carb, or high-protein diets.
Yash Birla is primarily a vegetarian because of his culture and faith. According to Ayurveda, there are three types of food nature – Sattvik, Rajasik, and Tamasik. He believes in following a Sattvik vegetarian diet because it enhances positivity. He says, “I am against fad diets like keto. To kick start a diet regime, may be good, but it cannot be maintained for a lifetime.” He further adds, “I believe that whatever diet you follow should be followed consistently. In a keto or carb-free diet, you lose a lot of weight and then again you bounce back to your normal routine. If you can develop a routine after this diet then it is useful.”
Yash Birla suggests, “I would rather suggest that you would slowly and steadily start a healthy lifestyle and follow any diet that suits your body.” Additionally, he says, “Intermittent fasting is good. Even our ancient yogis used to practice fasting and eat only once or twice a day. Fasting is good for the body and mind because it detoxifies the body. I follow Falahari fasting on Mondays, where I only eat fruits and milk.” Again, there is no such thing as one fits all. He suggests “Your body speaks to you and always listen to it.” There are different body types and certain body types cannot follow fasting because of their acidic nature. Thus, the best thing to do is follow a healthy and balanced diet with a workout routine that suits your lifestyle and stick to it for a healthy life.