Even though we are past October and discussing cancer, there’s something else that I would like to share with you. Although obesity is recognised as one of the risk factors for cancer, ironically, the methods that we employ to “lose weight” may actually increase our susceptibility to it and many other lifestyle diseases. Some of the common methods are:
- Frequent use of laxatives—To reduce the size of the meal by ‘filling up’ the stomach and therefore lowering the calories consumed.
- Switching to low fat options—from milk to curd to paneer to oil, either avoiding everything or choosing the ones that have ‘least’ amount of fat. Even buying things like baked chips, soy chaklis, nachni chips and eating ‘high-fibre’ biscuits, all in the hope to reduce fat consumption.
- Avoiding ‘carbs’, especially in the nights—just having grilled meat with some veggies for ‘fibre’ or alternatively cutting out rice and eating only dal and...