Author - Dr. Nitin Gupte

Diwali Approaching, Make Sure Not To Use Aluminium Vessels And Pans, Non-Stick Pans With Damaged Non-Stick Coating For Preparing Diwali Delicacies

Don’t Use Newspapers For Soaking Extra Oil From Fried Delicacies.
Aluminium and lead are toxic metals and are harmful to human health. Aluminium pans and vessels are dangerous to cook food in or store it in. All non-stick cookware is aluminium coated with Teflon. Any such vessel with even a small chip in the Teflon coating also exposes our food to aluminium contamination. And the Teflon coating in most non-stick kitchenware in most homes is chipped. Hardly anybody throws away such cookware when it is even slightly damaged.
The best option is all stainless steel kitchenware!
While use of lead and other heavy metals is banned in newspaper inks in the US and is considered safe, no one knows if all the newspaper ink in India is similarly safe. So don’t soak extra oil from your fried food on newspapers or don’t eat foods wrapped in newspaper. Remember newspaper wrapped ‘wada-pav’ and ‘bhaji’ from the road side vendors those most people love so much?
Spread freshly fried food on paper napkins or tissue papers, instead, to absorb the extra oil.
Healthy Weight Loss For Indian Men And Women All Over The World!

Healthy Weight Loss For Indian Men And Women All Over The World!

Helping Indian People Get Slim And Healthy All Over The World!

Over three decades ago, when I started my pioneering ‘Obesity Clinic’ in Pune, India, I was absolutely sure that obesity and various pains, disabilities, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, strokes, hypothyroidism, PCOD, miscarriages and infertility, the diseases that accompany obesity, were going to spread like wildfire amongst Indian people, not only in India but also all over the world, in decades to come!

Few had foreseen that obesity and its accompanying diseases would make the obesity treatment a multi-crore rupee market in India, in decades to come.

Naturally, there were hardly any commercial slimming centers, weight loss programs, obesity clinics or gyms in Pune, Mumbai or in India.

A decade later the obesity and its accompanying diseases began raising their ugly heads with vengeance and today more and more young people are falling prey to hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease in their twenties and thirties, many undergoing angioplasties before turning forty!

More and more overweight and obese young ladies are suffering from PCOD, miscarriages, and infertility and are being forced to undergo expensive fertility treatments, which fail much more often than they succeed. And nobody has the time to pause and think if the hormonal treatments are safe long term!

And now people are aware that most of the above diseases are caused mainly by obesity. So today more and more people are trying to lose weight desperately.

Naturally, slimming centers, weight loss programs, obesity clinics of all shades and hues have sprung up, like mushrooms, in Pune, Mumbai and all over the India. And so have multi-crore rupee chain of gyms, selling mindless exercises under expensive personal trainers of questionable merits and equally expensive protein powders.

For over three decades now, I have helped numerous Indian people including specialist doctors, CEOs of mega industries, top professionals not only in Pune, Mumbai or India, but also all over the world, overcome overweight or obesity and all the above illnesses, by simply planning, educating and inspiring people to make small, but significant changes to their lifestyle and their normal, everyday food, at least walk regularly, rest adequately and be mentally peaceful and happy.

Many of them have gotten rid of their medication for illnesses like hypertension, diabetes, hypothyroidism, and hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol).

Young ladies who had failed on every expensive fertility treatment, have overcome PCOD, infertility and repeated miscarriages to become happy mothers, by simply beginning to live and eat better, many of them even before they lost significant weight!

You can read some of their stories on the ‘Testimonials’ and the ‘Doctors Recommend Us’ pages and the basic science of slimming and healthy living on the ‘Science Of Slimming’ and ‘Recent Posts’ links on our website.

No starving under bogus slimming machines or medicines or meal replacement shakes or ‘magic’ diets, no painful workout and protein supplements, no psychological torture required!

If you are looking to get slim and healthy and overcome any of the above diseases accompanying obesity, you can write to us on or for more information.

You can also read more about the treatment on the ‘Distance Program’ link of our website.

Carbohydrates Don’t Make Us Fat!

Carbohydrates Don’t Make Us Fat!

The Myth Of Low Carbohydrate Diets!

Carbohydrates are the first source of energy of our body. Amongst the three major components of our food, viz. carbohydrates, proteins and fats, the primary role of carbohydrates is to provide energy that our body needs for all it’s basic needs. We use energy drawn from this source for all our daily activities and for all the processes that go on in our body day and night.

Fats are the reserve source energy of our body and they are drawn upon for energy only when carbohydrate energy is exhausted.

Proteins are the most important constituents of most of the tissues of the body. They are essential for the growth, development and repair of the daily wear and tear of the body. They are responsible for the defence mechanism of the body. They are also essential for the formation of various enzymes and hormones in our body.

Proteins are not meant to be an energy source. Body uses proteins for energy only in survival mode when you are on a ‘very low calorie diet’ (VLCD), or on a diet very low on carbohydrates, our principal fuel energy source. On such a low fuel energy mode, body cannot burn fats fast enough to meet it’s immediate energy needs and uses up proteins from food for energy, depriving the body of the vital role that proteins perform. Thus you need enough carbohydrates in your food to ‘spare’ proteins from being used for energy. This is the vital ‘protein sparing’ function of carbohydrates.

And as a last resort, the body also raids the proteins in the connective tissue, the muscles and vital organs of the body for energy. This is the reason why people on low calorie – low carbohydrate diets become wrinkled, shrivelled and look older with sagging, unhealthy skin and go on to suffer from multiple dietary deficiencies.

Researchers like Sara Seidelmann, a researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, have found that people on animal based low carbohydrate diets are associated with shorter life span and should be discouraged.

According to this study, people who got 50 – 55 % of their calories from carbohydrates, on an average, outlived those on low carb diets by four years and those on high carb diets by one year.

So we can conclude that high animal source, low carb diets are worse than high carb diets and balanced nutrition is the best choice whether you are looking to lose weight or simply live healthy!

Thus a low carbohydrate diet is bad either for healthy living or for losing or maintaining weight. You must have enough carbohydrates in your food irrespective of whether you are losing weight or maintaining healthy weight.

People losing weight on balanced, healthy nutrition, slim down with glowing, healthy skin and look fresh and young!

You definitely can lose weight and stay slim and healthy on balanced, healthy nutrition, in fact you can’t lose weight healthily without being on healthy nutrition.

Carbohydrates don’t make you fat, it’s excess calories that make you fat and excess calories come from overall overeating, not just overeating carbohydrates!

Excess proteins, over and above your daily needs and fats also contribute calories that account for your weight gain.

In fact fats provide over twice the number of calories supplied by carbohydrates and proteins, nine per gm as compared to four each per gm supplied by carbohydrates and proteins.

So why single out carbohydrates as the villain?

Low carbohydrate diets are invariably not ‘high protein diets’ as they are projected to be, by their sponsors, but they are more ‘high fat’ than high protein diets. Such diets send your blood triglyceride levels shooting up and eventually your cholesterol levels will also shoot up. This is an invitation to heart disease and strokes.

So low carbohydrate diets are more likely to give you heart disease and strokes than make you slim and safe from hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and strokes!

Read the article ‘Basics Of Nutrition’ and ‘The Good And The Bad Carbohydrates’ on this website for more information.

The Ceo of a Top Automobile Industry Came to Me Demanding 25 Kg Weight Loss in 25 Weeks!

A few years back, my son, Anand, helped his old classmate lose 25 kg weight at our Centre, in our ‘In-Centre Program’.

A few days later the boy stunned his friend’s father with his amazing transformation, from a fat boy to a handsomely slim and fit young man. The gentleman was a globe trotting CEO of a top automobile industry. He too wanted to lose 25 kg, but didn’t know how it could be done as he travelled all week without any schedule, from Pune to Chennai and back and often travelled abroad.

He called and met me straight away, me because I look after the ‘Distance Program’ while my son looks after the ‘In-Centre Program’.

He came straight to the point and told me that he was very impressed with the results of his son’s friend and he too wanted to lose 25 kg!

‘How much maximum weight can I lose in a week?’

‘Half to one kg.’

‘Okay, then help me lose 25 kg in 25 weeks.’!

‘Not so fast! After all Anand helped this boy lose 25 kg at our Centre and they are young men. And you travel constantly.’

‘But you said half to one kg a week was possible.’

‘Yes, that is the international standard, but it can’t be sustained over 25 continuous weeks, nor is it necessary. You have to stay slim and healthy for a lifetime, it doesn’t matter if you take a few months longer to lose 25 kg.’

But he is an extraordinary man and was too determined to lose weight quickly and lost a kg a week for the first 14 weeks! But slowly I convinced him to slow down a little. He achieved his goal and completed 25 kg soon!

He was gracious enough to lend me his testimonial for the website!

I hope he inspires more people to get slim and healthy, constant travel not withstanding!

She Was Trying to Lose Weight with a Foreign Online Slimming Program!

A mid-thirties, smart, highly educated, globe-trotting young lady was trying to lose 10 to 12 kg weight for some time. She had tried a number of gyms and diet programs, the last being a foreign online program.

The consultants on the program planned and supervised the execution of her program regularly. They kept changing her diet from time to time, Paleo to Keto to a few other kinds and exercise varying between gym, Zumba and power yoga.

But nothing worked!

Her mother also lived in the same housing complex, a new complex where everyone was a stranger till a year or two ago.

The mother and a new friend of hers, walked together everyday. The friend’s husband, who travelled regularly, walked alone whenever in town.

Then the young lady learned that her mother’s friend and her husband had slimmed down appreciably in a month or so, were looking much more healthier and fitter, even while both continued only to walk, as usual.

When the young lady found out that the couple were under my care, she and her mother called upon me.

Initially I was a little unsure if this ultra modern girl would be prepared to listen to my advice after following an entirely different kind of approach to weight management, with the foreign program. After all my plan was too unglamorous, too simple, eating normal everyday food better and doing whatever she fancied on any particular day, walking, jogging, Zumba!

She joined me readily and showed complete willingness to follow whatever I planned, but took up only a trial three month program, which I had introduced on an experimental basis, very recently. This program can be extended to the regular, life-time-free follow up program within the first month.

Three weeks into my program, she had lost 3 kg very comfortably in spite of travelling to Tokyo for four days during this period.

Due to the ease with which she had lost weight, I had thought that she may be confident enough not to feel the need to extend her program. None the less, I reminded her that she would have to extend the program before the first month end, if at all she desired to avail of the regular program.

And she readily did, telling me that she wouldn’t want to lose the opportunity of being able to consult me for maintenance, any time she needed, under any circumstances, not after experiencing such excellent results so early and so comfortably!

Effects Of Cooking On Omega 3 In Fish

Effects Of Cooking On Omega 3 In Fish!

How To Cook Fish To Retain Omega 3!

Many people know that sea fish are the richest source of the sea source omega 3 fatty acids, the EPA and the DHA, in our food and that they protect us against coronary heart disease.

Many of them eat enough sea fish to get adequate omega 3.

But do they actually get the omega 3 from the fish?

Mostly not, because they don’t prepare their food the right way! Most people fry and eat it.

Let us see the effects of various kinds of cooking on the omega 3 content of fish.

The effects of the various kind of preparations of fish have been studied in two studies in India and Greece. Although more studies are needed, the findings of the two studies make the effect of cooking on omega 3 clear enough for us.

Frying: Shallow frying of fish in a skillet or a pan, exposes the omega 3 to high temperatures, destroying as much as 70 to 85 per cent of omega 3. Frying completely changes the fatty acid profile of the fish, so it doesn’t resemble the original profile at all!

Microwave cooking: Microwave cooking too destroys much of the omega 3 in fish.

Canning: Canning completely destroys the omega 3 in fish.

Cooking and baking: Cooking fish by boiling like in preparing fish curries or baking at 200°C for 20 minutes retains most of the omega 3, keeping its EPA and DHA content intact.

Smoking: Smoked fish does retain the omega 3 content of fish, but smoking fish is not a common practice in India. We get to eat smoked salmon in five-star hotels only, to the best of knowledge, and it is imported.

The commonest preparations of fish in India are frying and cooking in gravies. So the people who fry and eat fish, get minimum benefits of the fish omega 3 while those who cook it in gravies get the maximum benefits of the fish omega3.

So always eat fish prepared by boiling, or cooking it in gravies or baking it, not by frying.

Also, read the articles ‘Basics Of Nutrition’ and ‘The Good And The Bad Fats’ on this website.


Dangers Of Obesity

The Dangers Of Obesity

The Diseases Associated With Obesity!

When I started my Slimming Centre in Pune, over three decades ago, the goal was not only to help people lose weight and stay slim and healthy for lifetime, but also to help them prevent putting on weight unnecessarily, during different stages of their lives and help them prevent or overcome all the diseases those are caused by obesity.

After all, staying slim is so much easier than losing weight, even if it has to be done in an excellent slimming centre.

Obese people are never fully healthy. Obesity and the faulty lifestyle associated with it, lead to a very wide range of diseases, some of them fatal.

The obese tend to be irritable, stressed out, depressed and may have poor self-esteem. Their energy levels are low and they tire quickly. There are pains and aches everywhere. A backache and joint pains are common. Spondylosis, prolapsed discs, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, varicose veins, cholecystitis (inflammation of the gall bladder), and some hernias are prevalent in the obese.

High blood pressure, diabetes, coronary heart disease and cerebral strokes (paralysis) are frequently associated with obesity.

Amongst obese ladies PCOD, infertility, difficult pregnancies and labour, repeated abortions and complications during a caesarean section are common.

The obese are more prone to certain cancers.

They also are at a greater risk of complications during surgeries.

Abdominal obesity can lead to the dangerous triad of hypertension (high blood pressure), dyslipidemia (high levels of cholesterol and blood fats) and type-2 diabetes. These three together can lead to coronary heart disease, myocardial infarctions and also death.

So if you are obese, wake up and lose weight, or it’s going to destroy your health sooner than later!

Healthy weight loss can help prevent or reverse all the above grave diseases. And healthy weight loss is possible only if you slim down on normal, everyday food and exercises you can take up long term. That is the only way to lose weight and stay slim and healthy for a lifetime!

Hence the importance of choosing the right slimming centre!

Also read the article, Simple Steps To Slimming on this website.


Staying Slim And Healthy Through Lactation!

Staying Slim And Healthy Through Lactation!

Staying Slim And Healthy Through Motherhood!

When I started my Slimming Centre in Pune, over three decades ago, the goal was not only to help people lose weight and stay slim and healthy for the lifetime but also to help people stay slim, during different stages of their lives.

After all, staying slim is so much easier than losing weight, even if it has to be done in an excellent slimming centre.

The commonest period when most ladies gain weight unnecessarily is around motherhood. We have already discussed how an expectant mother can stay slim and healthy through pregnancy in the article ‘Staying Slim And Healthy Through Pregnancy!’

Let us see now how a nursing mother can lose the few kgs of the extra weight that she still has, post pregnancy.

We have already seen in the above article that if a young lady goes through pregnancy properly, all the extra weight she needs to lose is 4 or 5 kg. Of these, one kg each is the extra blood volume that she needs during pregnancy, which the body will automatically correct soon, on its own and one kg is that of extra breast volume which is needed to support lactation, which the body will lose automatically once breastfeeding stops.

That leaves only 2 or 3 kg of fat which the body will burn off in the 7 or 8 months of breastfeeding as a ready source of energy in an emergency.

So this lady doesn’t really have to do much more than eat as per her needs of lactation and be physically active, to lose the remaining weight.

The extra energy required by a nursing mother would be about 400 to 500 calories, in the first 6 or 7 months of lactation and it would taper off when the demand for breast milk reduces as the baby is weaned off the maternal milk.

That means increasing small portions of cereals (chapati and rice) and pulses and legumes (dals and beans – ‘usal’), fresh vegetables and fruits and extra (3 or 4 cups) milk, in vegetarian ladies and consumption of moderate amounts of egg and fish and meat, in non-vegetarian ladies easily meets the increased calorie, protein and vitamin-mineral needs of the lactating mother.

She doesn’t need to eat too much.

Eating healthy, walking regularly and resting adequately throughout lactation, she will go through the period comfortably and slim down perfectly in the first 3 or 4 months post pregnancy, even without going to a slimming centre!

Also, read ‘Slim Women Are Healthy Women! and ‘Staying Slim And Healthy Through Pregnancy!’ on this website.

Staying Slim And Healthy Through Pregnancy!

Staying Slim And Healthy Through Pregnancy!

Staying Slim And Healthy Through Motherhood!

When I started my Slimming Centre in Pune, over three decades ago, the goal was not only to help people lose weight and stay slim and healthy for the lifetime but also to help people prevent putting on weight unnecessarily, during different stages of their lives.

After all, staying slim is so much easier than losing weight, even if it has to be done in an excellent slimming centre.

The commonest period when most ladies gain weight unnecessarily is around motherhood. If they can be educated about the basic science of how much weight they need to gain during pregnancy, how much extra and what food they need to eat and how they can exercise during this period, most ladies will stay slim and healthy through pregnancy and will not need to lose weight in a slimming centre.

A slim and healthy Indian young woman needs to gain around 9 to 10 kg during pregnancy, or even less if she is a little overweight.

This weight gain includes about 1 kg each of placenta, amniotic fluid, increased blood volume, increased breast volume, a couple of kg of reserve store of fat and between 2.7 to 4 kg being the weight of the baby.

So immediately after the delivery, the new mother has a weight loss of about 5 or 6 kg, as the baby, the placenta and the amniotic fluid exit her body.

So all the extra weight she needs to lose at the end of the pregnancy is only about 4 to 5 kg, which she can lose easily while nursing the baby and stay slim, without going to a slimming centre for any big weight loss!

For a slim and healthy, young Indian lady, the extra energy required during pregnancy are about 150 kcal in the first three months of pregnancy and about 300 kcal in the later period of pregnancy.

That means increasing only a small portions of cereals (chapati and rice) and pulses and legumes (dals and beans – ‘usal’), fresh vegetables and fruits and extra (3 or 4 cups) milk, and consumption of moderate amounts of egg and fish and meat, in non-vegetarian ladies easily meets the increased need of calories, proteins, vitamins and minerals, during pregnancy.

Along with this the young woman must also learn and take up antenatal exercises and walk regularly.

If every expectant mother follows these easy guidelines, she will stay slim and healthy through pregnancy, without having to lose any weight at all!

Also, read the articles ‘Slim Women Are Healthy Women!’ and ‘Staying Slim And Healthy Post Pregnancy!’ on this website.

Obesity Treatment in Pune

The Good And The Bad Carbohydrates!

Learning To Choose The Right  Carbohydrates!

Carbohydrates are the most important staple food of the developing world, forming the most important source of energy and nutrition for its population.

Carbohydrates can be broadly classified as the complex or the healthy carbohydrates and the simple or the bad carbohydrates.

Complex or healthy carbohydrates include vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grain cereals and nuts.

Vegetables provide ample vitamins, minerals and antioxidants at minimal calories.

Fruits provide water, fructose or fruit sugar, vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants. Although fructose is a simple carbohydrate, the presence of water and fibre in the fruits, prevents fructose from causing a sudden spike in your blood sugar, unlike table sugar. Plus the presence of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants makes them very healthy.

Whole grain cereals include wheat, rice, jowar, bajri, nachni, corn, oats and barley.

Legumes and pulses include various beans, peas, and lentils like toor, mug, masur, matki, chavli and chana, whole or split as dals.

They provide us with adequate calories, complex carbohydrates, proteins, healthy fats, most essential vitamins and minerals and antioxidants.

In fact, a diet majorly composed of these healthy carbohydrate foods and milk is wholly healthy.

Thus these foods are highly nutritious and there is no cause to exclude them from your food just because of the fear of carbohydrates spread by the proponents of wrongly hyped low carb diets.

There is absolutely no cause to believe that eating complex carbohydrates causes obesity and diabetes.

It is eating more calories than you burn that causes weight gain, doesn’t matter which source they come from, carbohydrates, proteins or fats, not just carbohydrates. So little point blaming carbohydrates for obesity.

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Simple carbohydrates  or refined carbohydrates include table sugar or sucrose, jaggery, sago, honey, refined cereals like wheat or corn flour and breakfast cereals. Refined wheat flours include ‘rava’ and ‘maida’.

Whole cereals are composed of the bran, the germ and the endosperm.

The bran, the hard outer protective layer of the grain, contains the fibre, minerals and antioxidants.

The germ, the nutrient rich core, contains the complex carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and plant compounds. When a new plant germinates from it, it draws nutrition from the grain.

The endosperm majorly consists of carbohydrates and a little protein, but no fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Refined cereals are made by grinding and removing the most nutrient rich bran and germ from the grain, retaining only the endosperm which carries the less nutritious carbohydrates and a little protein.

‘Rava’ or coarse refined wheat flour is traditionally used for making ‘shira’ and ‘upma’ and ‘rava idli’. ‘Maida’ or finely ground refined wheat flour is extensively used for making commercial bakery products like bread, pasta, biscuits, cakes, pastries, ‘khari’, toasts or rusks.

Refined corn flour is used for thickening soups and as batter for some fried snacks or meat dishes.

Sugar, jaggery, honey, sago and refined flours have high glycemic index. When they are consumed, the quickly digested and absorbed carbohydrates in them raise your blood sugar quickly, unleashing a surge in insulin to lower the raised blood sugar. Insulin lowers your blood sugar to subnormal levels.

This leads to a surge in cortisol to raise the below normal blood sugar to normal. Raised levels of both hormones tend to increase the tendency of the body to store the extra calories as fat, rather than raising the metabolic rate (calorie burning) a little to burn them off!

Simple carbohydrates are digested quickly and leave the stomach early, making you feel hungry soon, causing overeating and weight gain. Complex carbohydrates are digested slower and also leave the stomach slower, hence you fill full longer and don’t feel hungry for a longer time. So overeating and weight gain is prevented.

Diets high in refined carbohydrates and low in fibre are associated with obesity, increased abdominal fat, increased levels of blood sugar and insulin causing insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, raised triglycerides, heart disease, colon cancer and various digestive problems.

So the verdict is:

Complex carbohydrates are healthy. They must form the basic foundation of your food and you can be slim and healthy on a diet principally based on them. People with obesity and diabetes too can eat them sensibly.

So eat chapati, rice, preferably brown rice, dal, sprouted pulses, vegetables and fruits sensibly and stay slim and healthy for a lifetime!

Simple carbohydrates are bad for your weight and health and must be kept to the minimum in your food, irrespective of whether you are obese and / or diabetic or slim and healthy.

So avoid eating sugar, jaggery, honey, sago, ‘rava’, ‘maida’, refined fours like corn flour and bakery products made from them, to stay slim and healthy for a lifetime!

Healthy options:

In short, you ought to get used to keeping your consumption of ‘rava upama’, ‘rava idli’, commercial bakery products like bread, biscuits, ‘khari’, cakes, pastries down to the minimum, if you are worried about your weight, blood sugar or heart!

Upama made from oats or ‘daliya’ instead of ‘rava’ and home baked whole wheat or whole grain bread, biscuits or ‘khari’ made with butter, not vanaspati ghee or hydrogenated oil as the cooking medium are perfectly permissible.

Replacing white rice, as much as possible, with brown rice is also a very healthy option.

Please also read the articles ‘Basics Of Nutrition‘, ‘Preventing Diabetes‘ and ‘Healthy Fruits For Diabetics And Weight Losers‘ on this website.

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