Sustainable Weight loss continues to be the biggest concerns for people. With the internet flooded with information on technique and tips to lose weight, the country’s top nutritionist has spoken up. Busting myths, Rujuta Diwekar, India’s Top Nutrition and Health Consultant, and author of some of the bestsellers, has explained what everyone planning to lose weight should begin with.
In the latest series on ‘All about Weight Loss’, Rujuta has shared the mantra for sustainable weight loss. Speaking at length about the importance of a healthy (and not slim) body, she has asked all those who wish to lose weight to get rid of the weighing scales!
You read right. Speaking on how the weight is actually a measure of lot of things, Rujuta advises people not to weigh themselves or check their weight loss progress on a scale. Instead, the leading nutritionist has set out 3 measures everyone should do to assess their health and progress.
Don’t weigh your weight – 3 things to measure for sustainable weight loss
Waist to Hip ratio:
To find this, all you need to do is measure your waist with a normal measuring tape available at home and the hip. For the two, you are required to take the slimmest part of your waist and the broadest part of your hip. In the video posted on her Youtube channel and social media accounts, Rujuta explains how this is a far accurate measure of understanding your overall health.
As per her, for a healthy woman, the Waist to hip Ratio should be somewhere between 0.70 to 0.85. For healthy men, Rujuta recommends a ration of 0.85 to 0.95.
Resting Heart Rate:
Simply defined, a resting heart rate is the rate at which a person’s heart pumps the blood to the body while the body is at rest. As a measure of your heart health, Rujuta has advised people to measure their RHR the first thing when they wake up. People can use either their pulse or a pulse oximeter. To measure, simply use the pulse oximeter as soon as you wake up. Just count till 10 and check your heart rate. Remember, the lower the heart rate, the better as it indicates your heart is healthy enough to pump blood to your body.
Sit and Reach:
This measure again addresses the body’s fitness. In order to do this, you need to sit at the edge of a chair and bend to touch your toes with your palms (not fingers). You need to remember not to look down but rather look straight up. The same is explained in the video by the expert herself.
Rujuta recommends losing 10% to 15% of your body weight every year in order to reach your goal or target. The key, she says, is to be fit and not slim.
Rujuta Diwekar has written multiple books on sustainable weight loss which are readily available on Amazon and other online book stores. She is also the nutrition expert of famous Bollywood star Kareena Kapoor Khan.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.