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Ask the expert: a diet plan for a student

You need to have a diet with balanced macronutrients

10 May 2016 | 09:45 am

I’m an 18-year-old college student and overweight. Please suggest a diet that includes all the essentials required for the energy to study. Also, please suggest a good detox water recipe.

I truly appreciate that you are keen on eating healthy at an early age.

Forming good food habits will help you build up your nutritional reserves, give you the energy you need to be productive all day, help you maintain a healthy weight and will spare you from going on and off diets in the future. You need to have a diet with balanced macronutrients. Think healthy carbs from brown rice, sweet potato, veggies and fruits; protein from whole eggs, meat and fish; fats from coconuts, avocado, nuts and egg yolks.

Keep yourself well hydrated through the day and include a fun form of exercise that you can see yourself progressing in, at least three times a week.

As for detox diets, I do not advocate such methods. Most people opt for it when they have a desperate need to lose weight. It is a quick fix, but a quick fix is never a good fix when it come to health. I would recommend it only if your metabolism is affected, and that too only under proper supervision, so you don’t go too low on your macronutrients and feel weak or nauseous.

Instead of a detox water diet, I’ll suggest one of my favourite alkaline green juice recipes. It always helps as a liver cleanse, with ash guard, cucumber, mint leaves, celery, ginger, lemon and 200ml water. You can have three to four glasses through the day before every meal. The results will be noticeable in about three days.

Make sure to keep a gap of four hours between your meals when you are trying to detox and ensure your dinners are three hours prior to bed.

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Rashi Chowdhary

is a nutritionist, an inch-loss expert and a certified diabetic educator. She can be contacted on 050 181 5030.