Saritha Rajiv Explains the Difference Between Fit and Thin!

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It has been my endeavor to impart the message of healthy eating to all my clients and to make it a way of life. I am passionate about my profession and the motivation to keep going comes from my list of satisfied clients who have achieved their health goals treading on the path of mindful eating. With my online services, through, I cater to clients all over India and abroad. I strongly believe in what Hippocrates said “ Let food thy be your medicine and not medicine your food”.

1. What are your views on the “being thin” obsession?

Though thin is in, I believe that thinness is not a yard stick to measure good health. It is important to maintain an ideal weight, but what is more important is the level of fat in your body. A sports person may have excess body weight that could be attributed to his lean muscle mass. This does not mean that he is unhealthy. On the other hand, a thin person may have an ideal body weight with high levels of body fat, which can increase his susceptibility to lifestyle diseases like Type-2 diabetes, Cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, etc. The waist hip ratio is the best measure for good health. For Indian males, it should be 0.9 and for females 0.8. Waist circumferences more than 80 and 90 in women and men respectively can be a sign of overweight or obesity.

2. How would you define fitness?

Fitness is not just exercising hard and eating whatever comes your way. Mindful eating by including whole grain cereals, fruits and vegetables, lean meat, pulses etc is vital for being fit. Fitness levels can vary depending on age, gender, metabolic rate and medical conditions. The ultimate level of fitness is to be fit physically, mentally and socially.

3. How do you motivate people to find time for fitness with their busy schedules?

In spite of a busy schedule it is important to exercise to maintain a healthy body and a healthy mind. Prioritizing health over anything else is the key to a long and productive life. This can be achieved by eating healthy and exercising regularly. Exercise can improve the body’s metabolic rate, it can improve blood circulation and also keep your spirits high. Last but not the least, it helps maintain or achieve a healthy body weight.

4. Tell us about the latest weirdest fitness fads you have come across

Myth- I can eat whatever I want and still lose weight if I exercised harder everyday
Truth- Eating the right kind of food, such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meat, low fat milk is the way to good health. There are no shortcuts to weight loss. Mindful eating and exercising regularly is the only way out.

Myth- The body does not require carbohydrates for dinner as we don’t need energy when we are asleep.
Truth- When we are asleep our body continues to function just like in the mornings. It needs energy to do many involuntary functions like heart to beat, lungs to breath, blood to flow, for digestion, etc. Energy for these activities comes from the carbohydrates that we eat. So we need to eat a healthy and balanced diet at all times.

Myth- Potatoes are fattening as they contain starch.
Truth- Potatoes contain starch which is a complex carbohydrate. It is a polysaccharide and not fat. 1gm of carbohydrate gives 4kcal and 1gm of fat gives 9 kcal. Boiled or baked Potatoes can be consumed even if you are on a weight loss programme as they keep you fuller for a long period of time. Stay away from fried potato products as they are laden with calories.

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