4 tips from Rujuta Diwekar that will nail your weight loss diet

India’s No 1 dietician, they say. Her advice is certainly very different from any you’d hear from run-of-the-mill experts. How? You won’t ever read a book by her telling you to take protein supplements, or to give up on rice for some fancy new grain that’s become popular in the last three weeks. She won’t tell you to stop eating your favourite sweets, pouring ghee on your chapatis or adding fried cashews in your curd rice. Why? Because your grandmothers ate just that, and they lived long happy lives (hopefully).

So take a look at these quotes of Rujuta Diwekar from Soma Das’ article that appeared in the Hindustan Times. Follow them closely, and see if they don’t make a difference to your general quality of life (oh, and make you lose lots of weight):

1. Don’t follow fads

“Today, we are told about a particular ingredient that’s supposed to be the ultimate thing to lose weight. Tomorrow, the same ingredient is touted as the biggest villain. How often can you change the way you live?”

2. Stick to local foods


“Quinoa doesn’t sit well in your stomach nor does it blend with anything. And until two years ago, we didn’t even know what kale was. Now, we have it in every form. We are copying the poor man’s food from a different continent. There is such diversity in the food of our own country — grains, legumes, pulses — but are overlooking it.”

3. Don’t be fooled by ‘transfat-free’ and ‘sugar-free’

“The demarcation of carbohydrates, proteins and fats was meant to help people make sensible decisions. But it has just left people confused. These days, selling anything by terming it ‘transfat-free’ or ‘sugar-free’ is lucrative. The only people benefiting are those in the food and weight-loss industries.”

4. Don’t look to the West for approval

“We should not wait for the West to acknowledge it as something of value. A diet that is not culturally compliant is a diet that won’t last beyond two meals. Why is killing yourself at a gym and starving a better idea than giving food we grew up eating a chance?”

What’s the catch? While eating locally and eating fresh, you need to sleep well and exercise, says Diwekar. This makes sense - the reason your daadis and naanis were so fit even after reproducing nine times was that they were strong. They pounded rice in the kitchen, ground masala with stone, walked four miles just to bring water from the village well. That’s how they digested all the ghee. Sure, running after your toddler is a great workout, but it’s not enough if you want to eat a sweet a day. If you don’t want to hit the gym, try yoga or learn to swim like a sea lion. Whatever you decide, have fun with it.