Advertisement
Tuesday, Dec 07, 2021
Outlook.com
Eat, Pray, Live

Why The Weight-Loss Industry Won’t Understand

Nutrition science is yet to dev­elop the understanding and vocabulary to express how intelligent, climate-resilient and nutritious native meals are.

Why The Weight-Loss Industry Won’t Understand
Illustration by Saahil
Why The Weight-Loss Industry Won’t Understand
outlookindia.com
2016-05-10T17:24:04+05:30

The reason why most diets don’t work is because they are not a cultural fit. The weight-loss industry knows this only too well and most diets that you try are for a couple of weeks or max months. It’s not uncommon for you to overhear conversations where people speak of how they can diet till 5 pm, after which they just have to eat.

And as a country that had learnt over centuries to be grateful for the food on the plate, we replaced gratitude with guilt. Meal times that were meant to be a time of silence and reflection turned to times that were utilised to watch TV or to wildly discuss the latest weight-loss foods. Instead of eating as per the appetite, we started reducing the amount of food by drinking soup, chomping salads and gulping a fibre drink before the meal. It didn’t make us any thinner or healthier, but gave us a sense of suffering, another emotion the weight-loss industry thrives by. We are willing to do anything to lose weight but eat local, seasonal, home-cooked food.

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Nagaland Ambush: Clamour Grows For Revocation Of AFSPA As Death Toll Touches 15

Nagaland Ambush: Clamour Grows For Revocation Of AFSPA As Death Toll Touches 15

Nagaland civilian killings are likely to derail the peace process at a time when New Delhi was fast-tracking talks with several political groups in the insurgency-hit region.

Putin Sends Out A Strong Message By Coming For A In-Person Meeting With PM Modi

Putin Sends Out A Strong Message By Coming For A In-Person Meeting With PM Modi

Prime Minister Modi and Vladimir Putin have a clear vision of the India-Russia relations and are unlikely to be battered by ties with third countries (China-Russia or India-US).

How To Regain Ashes? KP Has Few Tips For Root’s England

How To Regain Ashes? KP Has Few Tips For Root’s England

England’s Test record in Australia is abysmal – nine defeats in the last 10 matches. The Three Lions last won the Ashes in 2011.

Article 370: Can Farooq Abdullah Save His Father Sheikh Abdullah's Political Legacy In J&K?

Article 370: Can Farooq Abdullah Save His Father Sheikh Abdullah's Political Legacy In J&K?

National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah paid tributes to his father Sheikh Abdullah on his birth anniversary in Srinagar.

Advertisement