#AskDietician: Does it really matter when you eat?

Someone asked me a question at Quora, "I am on medication that suppresses my appetite all day. I eat some breakfast and pick at food throughout the day but I don’t get my daily calories until late at night when the medicine has worn off. I’m trying to lose weight. As long as I’m in my calorie goal does it matter when I eat my food?"

Here is my answer to this question:

Yes, Your diet and Nutrition both matters a lot even if you are under medication which suppresses your diet. To function, heal, build immunity, the body needs vital nutrients all the time. While you’re looking at weight loss along with your medication, keeping the metabolism high is key. Clean eating is a lifestyle that puts the boot to processed, packaged foods dripping with salt, sodium, and unpronounceable ingredients.

It focuses instead on natural, nutrient-packed foods that let your body run the way it’s supposed to. Change how you look and feel with our clean eating tips:

  • Should have frequent and small meals.

  • Have at least 2-3 litres of water a day.

  • Have at least 7 hours of sleep daily.

  • Limit the intake of sweetened drinks like colas, juices, etc

  • Vegetables - all seasonal vegetables are allowed except arbi.

  • Fruits - all fruits except mango and chiku are allowed.

  • Oil – Not more than 3-4 Tbsp of oil (including ghee) in a day.

  • Do not add extra salt in salads, curd, fruit salad. Avoid papad.

  • Always use low fat milk and its products.

  • Any form of physical activity like walking, jogging, dancing, yoga etc for atleast 40 mins for days a week is highly recommended.

  • Choose multigrain / wheat bread

  • Limit your sugar intake to not more than 2 tsp a day.

  • Jeera , methi and dhaniya water : soak 1/2 tsp of each in a glass of water overnight. Boil The water in the morning , strain let it cool and drink.

  • Bran Roti is half atta and half wheat bran.

  • Misi Roti is half atta and half besan

Having fruits and seeds (dry Fruits) also help you in effective weight loss and it’s really important to know Why is Weight Loss so important for your good health.

About Dietician Ankita Gupta Sehgal

She is one of the best dietitian in Delhi NCR, with 12 years of expertise in Weight Loss, PCOD Correction, Sports Fitness, Thyroid Diet, Diabetic and Cholesterol Management Diets. Consult Dt. Ankita for the most personalised diet plans in person on online for best diet plans, starting at just Rs. 2500 per month. Book Now!

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