A question like- “Since I’m planning to put on a few kilos, are all fatty foods good for me?” is very common from a person who is tired of being called a skeleton.
Just because you want to gain weight, it doesn’t mean that you can gorge on anything that’s fatty. A plate of deep fried puris or samosas won’t do any good to you. Your workout snack should be low fat and have a carbohydrate to protein ratio of 2:1. (Vice-versa for people who are planning to shed some kilos). The carbohydrate proportion is higher because your muscles’ glycogen stores are depleted and to repair them, you supply them with fast dissolving carbohydrates. If you have a high fat meal, the digestion process slows down and the nutrients that your muscles need are not absorbed by your body, which in turn inhibits muscle growth.
Hypothyroidism is one of the main causes of weight gain, especially in women. And it comes with innumerable other problems like diabetes, sleeplessness, painful periods, constant fatigue, low bone density, low levels of Vitamin D ( the major reason behind weight gain), PCOD, high blood pressure, etc.
Soon after I came to Delhi, some 5 years back, I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and depression accompanied. After infinite cribbing, I decided to deal with it. I believe in the fact that no matter how big the problem is, in the end, the way you deal with it is all that matters. And I’ve never looked back.
You may call me stereotypical but being a Punjabi is enough to suffice the fact that I’m a big time foodie. That and a health freak. I’ve always been healthy because my dad is a health freak. He’s always made sure that I’m involved in some sort of physical activity or the other. I remember how I used to hate waking up at 5 in the morning during my school days because my dad wanted me to go for running or practice yoga.
But then things changed. I came to Delhi for my graduation. The very fact that I came to “Delhi” led to a change in my lifestyle- no portion control, no exercise, unhealthy food, no regulations in terms of timings. Here, I would like to make this clear that I have no grudges against Delhi. In fact I love this place so much that I don’t feel like going home anymore. That’s the kind of effect it has on me. Coming back to the topic, I started gaining weight like anything. And then I had to get my tests done because it wasn’t just the increasing weight that was bothering me but I started suffering from a lot of other problems. Waking up to a bloated stomach and a swelled face became a routine. And then I was diagnosed for thyroid which I’ll be discussing in detail in my next post. Due to weight gain, I went into depression. I couldn’t wear what I wanted to. Zipping my jeans became a challenge (I’m not kidding).