Dr Vinay Jadhav exposes yet another myth

Is rice, sugar and salt a no-no for Weight loss?

Dr.Vinay Jadhav is a fitness and obesity expert. According to Dr Vinay Jadhav the commercialization of the obesity and weight issues that the world has been facing is troubling. This has led people to believe myths and resort to using products like slimming pills, herbal teas, slimming oils, supplements etc. to achieve weight loss. Dr Vinay Jadhav exposes the myth that not eating the three white items- salt, sugar and rice will make you fit and healthy, slim and an in-shape.

Dr Vinay Jadhav explains that cutting on sources of energy, especially carbohydrates has nothing to do with weight loss. To lose weight effectively, one needs to satisfy the body for its energy need, eat sufficient food to sataiate hunger, eat at the right time and sleep well. Dr Vinay Jadhav asserts that there is no magic pill or shake that can help you lose weight easily and quickly. He also states that giving up on staple food like rice just because of rumours is not correct. Dr Vinay Jadhav explains how rice, sugar and salt are an important part of the diet:

Rice- Rice is a source of carbohydrates with a glycaemic index (89) more that of whole wheat (30). Glycaemic index is the number associated with a particular food and the way it affects the level of glucose in the blood sugar. Dr Vinay Jadhav states that due to a high glycaemic index, rice causes a rapid rise in blood sugars and should be moderated with those having unstable blood sugars in diabetes. Diabetic people whose blood sugars are properly regulated by anti-diabetic drugs can consume rice as a part of their normal food plan.

For non-diabetic people, the rise of blood sugar is countered by a rise in the production of insulin and hence there is no need to fear rice at all. In South India and in many countries people eat mounds of rice with no detrimental effects on their health. Dr Vinay Jadhav thus indicates that there is nothing to fear if you love rice. It does not have a negative impact on your health. So, if you are quitting on a delicious plate of rice and dal or rice cakes or biryani, think again! You don’t have to be worried anymore.

Salt- Dr Vinay Jadhav explains that salt is a very important component of our body fluids. Salt is required by the body and if salt is restricted a condition called hyponatremia. This condition is caused to a low concentration of sodium in the body. If your diet has very little sodium, which you mostly acquire from salts, then you automatically become vulnerable to health conditions like- congestive heart failure, liver failure, kidney failure and pneumonia. However, for people suffering with hypertension, salt should be taken in a moderate quantity. A high salt diet disturbs the nature levels of sodium in the body. This disturbance may lead to fluid retention in the body. Due to this, a pressure is created by the blood on the blood vessel, resulting in a rise in the blood pressure. Such a condition may lead to a greater risk of heart attacks and strokes. Hence, Dr VinayJadhav states that salt is not at all harmful if taken in moderate quantities. If its intake is stopped, then the body might stop functioning normally.

Sugar- Dr Vinay Jadhav explains that sugar is a food like any other food with a high glycaemic index. Sugar taken at wrong time increases weight and sugar taken at right time reduces fat. You can consider sugar as a knife. In surgeons hand it saves life and in criminal’s hands causes injury. Maintaining blood sugar levels within a certain band throughout the day is the key to fitness and weight loss. Also, Dr Vinay Jadhav says that using artificial sweeteners has become a trend, more so eating ‘sugar-free’ food too. He says that consumption of artificial sweeteners has caused weight gain in many cases if researches are to be believed. Continuous consumption of artificial sweeteners causes serious health issues like- brain tumours, migraines, nausea, insomnia etc. in some people. Naturally occurring sugar, like in fruits, some vegetables and in milk is not at all harmful. It is the added sugar that needs to be thought about. The key to having healthy sugar consumption is to eat strategically. Dr Vinay Jadhav tells that people should not think of sugar as a ‘toxin’ or ‘poison’ since it is a pure source of energy.

Dr Vinay Jadhav concludes that the three whites are not so dangerous after all if consumed sufficiently. There is no harm in eating things you like as long as they are consumed in sufficient amounts than rather over-consumption. Like many other myths, the hysteria surrounding rice, sugar and salt is baseless. It is important to understand that these foods are essential components of every Indian diet and play a role in keeping the body healthy.Consumption of any food below its requirement causes deficiency and over consumption of any food causes problems. It is paramount to strike a balance between the foods that you like and the foods that you need to eat to remain healthy.

To attain weight loss, if you cut down on these foods, you are likely to experience unhealthy discomfort. Rice being a staple food in the Indian diet cannot be just cut down or entirely subtracted from the diet. Salt adds taste to foods. Sugar is the essence of everything sweet and delicious, it has a taste that satisfies the taste buds in ways inexplicable. Dr VinayJadhav thus maintains that any food consumed in a balanced form is good for the health and does not deserve to be cut out due to some random claims and myths. Health conscious people must get to the root of everything before making any changes to their eating habits. After all, don’t we all deserve the satisfaction of a satiated stomach after all that we do to earn our livelihoods?


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*Disclaimer- This article is intended for informative purposes only. The views expressed in this article are the personal views of Dr Vinay Jadhav. Please consult a doctor for medical conditions.