DO NOT forego these carbohydrates and eat balanced, portioned meals, says registered nutritionist Talia Pillay.

Pillay, a nutritionist for three years with a large client base in the Durban North and uMhlanga areas, says if you want to change your lifestyle, whether you want to lose weight or not, there is no quick fix.

“Most of my clients come to me to lose weight while trying to manage their chronic diseases like diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and the like. There is no wonder that a pill or a crash diet can give you the longevity you need to deal with such conditions, ”she said.

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“It has to be a change in lifestyle and therefore sustainable. People mentally block healthy food because they associate it with steamed, bland, unseasoned dishes, but you can spice up your meals. The type of lifestyle change you choose must include foods that you enjoy eating. So it’s sustainable. “

She added that whatever eating plan you choose must be affordable for you too.

“I don’t recommend fad diets and weight loss pills. The faster you lose weight, the faster you will gain weight. “

She added that eating plans like keto diet or banting, intermittent fasting, etc. work, but only for certain people.

“The ketogenic diet, for example, can control and improve certain chronic disease states. People have had success with intermittent fasting too, but at the end of the day it’s important to note that all of these diets have one thing in common – they are low in calories. If you eat with a calorie deficit you will lose weight and if you want to gain weight you will have to eat with a calorie excess, ”she said.

“The quality of your food is also very important. While we can compare the calories of foods, we need to consider the micronutrients (vitamins, minerals) in the foods we eat, as these are essential for optimal health. “

Pillay has noted an increase in post-Covid patients struggling with weight gain as their lifestyle has become sedentary due to the fatigue caused by the virus.

“Some were also seriously ill and their muscles collapsed because they could no longer be as active as they were before Covid-19, so the diet has to be changed,” she said.

Pillay, whose social media accounts, Talia Pillay RD, are freely accessible on Facebook and Instagram.
She regularly posts advice and tips that followers can access and implement.

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