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Dietitian and Blogger Rujuta Diwekar Debunks Fad Diets


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Kareena Kapoor’s dietitian Rujuta Diwekar, shot into fame and glory in 2007, chiseling Kareena, with her diet ‘Gyan’.  Kareena then became a slender iconic size zero. A size most girls and women dreamed of.  Rujuta says that diets do the rounds. One diet replaces another, the process is ongoing. The new ones, which she mentioned as most touted are, “Cold Press Juices ‘, the ‘Paleo Diet’ and ‘Growing Your Own Food’.  She has also tweeted about an anti-cancer diet that could prove to be the best preventive measure, should one follow it.


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Rujuta has tweeted using the film parlance, on how food trends come go, in the hope of making people thinner and yet, she wonders if the body can take the adjustment the metabolism will make to these diets. Diet fads are many and the game changer is the new villain, she avers. In the 70s fat was villain and which was replaced with sugar and low fat products. Today sugar and carbs have become the villain and fat is gaining new found joy, as she terms it. Tomorrow protein will be the villain she thinks, vegan-ism is proof she says. These are diet trends, that keep happening and makes a villain reappear after 30 years later, as a hero only to replace the hero with another villain, she says!  Her advice is, learn from the past, the eating mistakes or habits and make lifestyle changes.

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Rujuta  says that ‘Cold Press Juices’ and detoxes and  cleanses are over-sold.  How fresh are these ‘Cold Presses’? She wonders.  Make the’ Cold Press’, in your mouth! She advises an entire fruit is good. It is as simple as that.

Paleo diet


‘Paleo diet’ is meat, fish, vegetables and others, which the early man ate and feasted on. The agrarian products are not to be included in this diet. Game meat and nuts really do not fit into today’s diet scenario, she believes. She thinks China and India were an agrarian race, the first among the firsts. Indian and the Chinese, she feels are genetically predisposed to accept agrarian products, so the ‘Paleo Diet’ falls short on this point. The people of Mohenjo daro were traders she points out.  She tells us that everyone’s gene pool is compatible with the diet of their ancestors. So what your ancestors ate is good for you, is her theory.

‘Grow Your Own Food’, is a hot trend these days Rujuta agrees, but the viability of it all, is still to be pondered over. Every place has its own produce so; Rujuta says that this trend is good provided they take pride in indigenous species of fruits and vegetable instead of thinking the imported variety as the better of them in nutrition. Take pride, she says in the Indian mangoes and bananas rather than kiwis, which need to be imported. We need to farm improved species of indigenous foods to be grown, she emphasis.