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Why a Healthy Diet Plan is Crucial to Maintaining Good Health

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Dr. Gagan Anand
May 25th, 2021
6 mins read

Key Takeaways

  • Following a healthy diet plan is the foundation of good health
  • Alter your diet according to whether you want to lose or gain weight
  • Consult with a nutritionist for a diet plan tailored to your health goals

When it comes to diet, often times people don’t pay attention to what they put into their body. It’s possible that you are negligent about what you eat, and often reach out for packaged meals, restaurant food or highly-processed snacks because they are convenient when you are busy 24/7. After all, they give you the rush that you need to keep going. Likewise, it is also possible that you’re not eating enough owing to stress or a packed schedule. While these habits may not show effect in the short-term, they can have a lasting negative impact on your health. Take a look at the pitfalls of eating unhealthily, and how to eat right to for good overall health with a health diet plan. 

What happens to your Body when you Eat Unhealthily? 

When you simply eat whatever is within arm’s reach, you end up consuming alarmingly high quantities of sugar, salt and fat, which can lead to obesity, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. On the other hand, if you skip meals or don’t eat enough, you can face chronic fatigue, difficulties in reproduction, weakened immunity, and even osteoporosis.

This impact also extends to crash diets. If you’re one to try the latest diet to shed a few kilos, it’s important that you know that it can result in a compromised immune system, dehydration, malnutrition, hair fall, nausea, headaches and more. In a nutshell, the pitfalls outweigh the benefits by leaps and bounds.

The bottom line is that the only way to keep illnesses at bay and maintain a healthy weight is to follow a healthy diet plan, no matter how busy you are, and steer clear of crash diets. Read on to learn more about how to eat right to both put on and lose weight. 

Diet Plan for Weight Loss

By 2040, around 30% of India’s population is likely to be overweight. It’s important to understand that not only is obesity a problem in itself, but it can also lead to diabetes and heart disease. As you now know, when it comes to good health diet is a key determinant. So, if you find that you are overweight, try following a healthy diet plan that focuses on nutrient-rich, home-cooked food, and eliminates packaged, processed, sugar- and sodium-laden food. To get started, try this 5-day plan.

Also Read: Keto Diet

5-Day Diet Plan for Weight Loss

diet plan for weight loss

Simple Tips for Weight Loss

In addition to the aforementioned diet plan, follow these tips for weight loss. 

  • Replace full-fat milk, paneer and curd and with skimmed, low-fat alternatives 
  • Reduce your sugar intake gradually, especially in tea and coffee 
  • If you must eat carbohydrates, include complex carbohydrates in your diet 
  • For instant energy, rely on seeds and nuts instead of chips or candy 
  • Drink at least 2 to 3 liters of water everyday 

Also Read: Food that helps in Weight Loss

Diet Plan for Weight Gain

Being underweight can result in anemia, irregular menstrual cycle, fertility complications and more. So, if you’re not the ideal weight as per your height, age and other factors, follow a health diet by incorporating the following foods into your diet.

Breakfast: Protein smoothies, paratha with white butter, whole milk, nuts, eggs, cheese, toasts with peanut butter or Greek yogurt with fruits 

Lunch and dinner: Rice, potatoes and other root vegetables, beans and legumes, full-fat paneer, mung dal chilla stuffed with cheese/paneer or chicken soup 

Snacks: Bananas, cheese sandwich, boiled potato salad, nuts or nut butters 

Also Read: How to gain weight naturally

While you can follow these broad guidelines to put on or lose weight and in turn ensure good health, it is best to consult with a nutritionist. Whether you’re looking for a weight gain meal plan for females or a weight loss plan for diabetic males, a doctor will create a healthy diet plan that is tailored to your health profile, activity levels, dietary preferences, work hours and more. It is also a good idea to consult with a nutritionist when you have no pre-existing conditions but your efforts to lose or put on weight aren’t yielding results. A nutritionist will identify the problem and help you course correct. 

To easily access nutritionists who can help you with a healthy diet plan, use the Bajaj Finserv Health App. Book appointments or video consults with nutritionists through the app, and also access discounts from partner clinics and labs. Download the free app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store and get started right away!  

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