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The Best 4-Week Indian Diet Plan For Weight Loss

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The Best 4-Week Indian Diet Plan For Weight Loss Hyderabd040-395603080 July 3, 2019

Poor lifestyle and food habits have made more than 135million Indians obese (1). Men, women, children are equally at risk of diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers (2).

Fortunately, the Indian diet plan can reverse that.

The Indian diet plan is a specially designed 4-week lactovegetarian plan that aids weight loss and improves health. Most ingredients in this diet plan are Ayurvedic (3).

A vegetarian or plant-based diet is ideal for reducing the risk of obesity and related diseases (4).Not to forget, Indian food is delicious and has a rich flavor.

 So, don’t hold yourself back from enjoying a delicious meal. Try this doctor-approved 4-week diet plan. Here’s everything you need to know. 

What Is The Indian Diet Plan?

The Indian diet plan is a 4-week vegetarian/lactovegetarian diet for people struggling to lose weight on other diets.

The rise of obesity and obesity-related diseases across ages in India prompted the creation of this diet. However, a plant-based diet is good for human health irrespective of ethnicity and geographical locations. 

How Does It Work?

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The Indian diet plan works in the following ways:

  • It is a lacto-vegetarian diet. This means you will consume lots of dietary fiber from vegetables and leafy greens. You will also consume milk protein and calcium.

Dietary fiber helps improve satiety and bowel movement (5). Milk and milk products increase the number of good gut bacteria, increase satiety, and strengthen the bones (6).

  • It is low in calories. The Indian diet is a 1500-calorie diet. The foods included in the list are delicious but do not burden the body with too many calories. The lesser calories you consume, the better the chances of you losing weight.
  • It has the power to heal. Ayurveda is the “medicine of life”. This age-old science encourages the consumption of foods that help create a balance between the mind, heart, and the spirit.

Being on this diet can help you stay stress-free and calm, both of which are necessary for weight loss. 

  • It is digestion and diabetes-friendly. The foods included in this diet plan keep your digestion active, which, in turn, boosts metabolism. It also includes foods with a low glycemic index, a boon for people with type 2 diabetes.

A lacto-vegetarian Indian diet plan is a great way to shed pounds. But you must know which foods you need to consume and in what quantities.

Portion control is one of the key factors of weight loss. One of the ways you can measure your food intake is by knowing how many calories should you consume per day. Here’s a table that will help you estimate your daily calorie intake.

Recommended Caloric Intake For Indians (7)

(As per the National Institute of Nutrition, India) 

GroupActivityWeight (kg)Calories

Recommended

ProteinFat
WomanSedentary5519005520
Moderately active223025
Very Active285030
Pregnant+350+2330
Lactating (0-6 months)+600+1930
Lactating (6-12 months)+520+1330
ManSedentary6023206025
Moderately active273030
Very Active349040

Simply put, your calorie intake depends on the level of activity you do every day.

 If you are sedentary, 1900 calories will just help to maintain the current weight. To lose weight, you may either start exercising or subtract 500 calories from 1900 calories (8). The goal is to create a negative calorie balance.

 In this post, we have a 4-week 1500-calorie diet plan. Remember, if you include exercises in your routine, you may consume 1900 calories (or more depending on the level and intensity of the exercises you do).

4-Week Indian Diet Plan For Weight Loss 

Week 1 – Total Calories: 1509

MEALSWHAT TO EAT
Early Morning (6:30 – 7:30 a.m.)2 teaspoons of fenugreek seeds soaked overnight in 1 cup of water
Breakfast (7:30 – 8:30 p.m.)4 idlis with 1 cup sambar and ¼ cup coconut chutney + 1 cup green tea + 4 almonds
Mid-Morning (10:00 – 10:30 a.m.)1 cup milk/soy milk or fruit juice
Lunch (12:30 – 1:00 p.m.)3 rotis + 1 serving white rice + 1 cup dal + ½ cup mixed vegetable curry + 1 cup salad + 1 cup buttermilk (after 20 minutes)
Post Lunch (3:30 – 4:00 p.m.)1 cup moong bean sprouts, 15 peanuts with salt pepper and lemon to taste Or 1 cup cucumber and carrot slices
Dinner (7:00 – 7:30 p.m.)3 rotis + ½ cup mixed vegetable curry / chickpeas + ½ cup yogurt + ½ cup salad + 1 cup warm milk with a pinch of turmeric before bed

 How You Will Feel By The End Of Week 1

You will lose water weight, and a healthy eating habit will prevent bloating. You will weigh less and feel light and happy. But don’t give up yet! The main goal is to lose fat. So, move on to week 2.

Week 2 – Total Calories: 1497

MEALSWHAT TO EAT
Early Morning (6:30 – 7:30 a.m.)1 cup fenugreek soaked water
Breakfast (7:30 – 8:30 p.m.)2 moong daal crêpes + 1 cup green tea + 4 almonds
Mid-Morning (10:00 – 10:30 a.m.)1 cup seasonal fruits
Lunch (12:30 – 1:00 p.m.)3 rotis + 1 serving of rice + 1 cup vegetable curry + 1 cup salad + 1 cup yogurt
Post Lunch (3:30 – 4:00 p.m.)1 cup coconut water + ½ cup grapes/watermelon
Dinner (7:00 – 7:30 p.m.)2 rotis + ½ cup mushroom/tofu curry + ½ cup blanched spinach/broccoli + 1 cup warm milk with a pinch of turmeric before bed

How You Will Feel By The End Of Week 2

You will start to burn fat. You will feel better as your digestion, gastritis, and weak immunity problems will slowly start to vanish. You will love your new lifestyle and look forward to Week 3.

Week 3 – Total Calories:1536

MEALSWHAT TO EAT
Early Morning (6:30 – 7:30 a.m.)1 cup water with juice of half a lime
Breakfast (7:30 – 8:30 p.m.)1 cup vegetable oats + 1 cup green tea + 4 almonds/walnut
Mid-Morning (10:00 – 10:30 a.m.)1 cup freshly pressed fruit juice
Lunch (12:30 – 1:00 p.m.)2 servings of white rice + 1 roti (with or without ghee) + 1 cup rajma + 1 cup salad + 1 cup buttermilk
Post Lunch (3:30 – 4:00 p.m.)1 cup green tea + 1 multigrain biscuit
Dinner (7:00 – 7:30 p.m.)3 rotis + ½ cup daal + 1 cup vegetable stew + ½ cup salad + 1 piece of dark chocolate + 1 cup warm milk before bed

How You Will Feel By The End Of Week 3

You will weigh at least 5 pounds lesser and be more proactive. Your attention span will increase. Having a cheat day will also improve your mood and determination to complete Week 4 of the Indian diet plan for weight loss.

Week 4 – Total Calories:1486

MEALSWHAT TO EAT
Early Morning (6:30 – 7:30 a.m.)1 cup water with juice of half a lime
Breakfast (7:30 – 8:30 p.m.)½ cup vegetable upma + 1 cup milk / green tea + 2 almonds
Mid Morning (10:00 – 10:30 a.m.)1 cup seasonal fruits
Lunch (12:30 – 1:00 p.m.)3 rotis + 1 cup vegetable curry + 1 cup lentil/beans + ½ cup salad + ½ cup yogurt
Post Lunch (3:30 – 4:00 p.m.)1 cup coconut water or freshly pressed fruit juice or green tea
Dinner (7:00 – 7:30 p.m.)1 roti + 1 serving of brown rice + 1 cup daal/mushroom + ½ cup boiled vegetables + 1 cup warm milk before bed

How You Will Feel By The End Of Week 4

Good job! You adhered to the plan and can clearly see the results for yourself. You look much slimmer, you are more active, and you are proud of yourself.

You can also make your own diet chart depending on the foods you like and have access to. Here’s an Indian food calorie table to help you do that.

Common Indian Food Calorie Table

(As per the National Institute of Nutrition)

FoodServing SizeCalories
Rice1 cup170
Paratha1150
Roti180
Bread2 slices170
Puri180
Upma1 cup270
Idlis2150
Poha1 cup270
Dosa1125
Masala dosa1200
Wheat porridge1 cup220
Semolina porridge1 cup220
Khichdi1 cup200
Plain daal½  cup100
Sambhar1 cup110
Vegetable curry1 cup170
Vegetable dry1 cup150
Tomato chutney1 tablespoon10
Tamarind chutney1 tablespoon60
Rice puttu½ cup180
Moong daal chilla198
Chikki2 pieces290
Full-fat cow’s milk1 cup148
Buffalo milk1 cup237
Homemade yogurt½ cup103
Buttermilk1 cup99
Dahi vada2180
Peas kachori2380

 Apart from these foods, here’s list of foods that you may include in your diet.

Foods To Eat 

VeggiesBroccoli, tomato, cabbage, cauliflower, snake gourd, bitter gourd, spinach, bell pepper,  bottle gourd, green chili, pumpkin, okra, eggplant, radish, turnip, carrot,  beetroot, sweet potato, potato with peel, radish greens, peas, summer squash, and green beans.
FruitsApple, banana, mango, grapes, sapodilla, lime, lemon, orange, pear, figs, blueberry, starfruit, watermelon, and muskmelon.
ProteinBeans, lentils, soybeans, tofu, and legumes.
Grains & BreadOats, wheat, buckwheat, barley, sorghum, amaranth, and quinoa.
Fats & OilsOlive oil, rice bran oil, and ghee (clarified butter).
Seeds & NutsAlmonds, pistachios, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds.

 

Beverages Freshly pressed fruit and vegetable juices, coconut water,  buttermilk, green tea, herbal tea, and black coffee.
Herbs & Spices Cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric, nutmeg, black pepper, star anise, cayenne pepper, cumin powder, coriander powder, cilantro, oregano, dill, clove, saffron, fennel seeds, and fenugreek seeds.

 

DairyYogurt, paneer, and ricotta cheese.

Also, try to avoid the foods listed below.

Foods To Avoid

  • Butter, mayonnaise, canola oil, and vegetable oil.
  • Deep-fried foods, potato chips, doughnut, nachos, fries, pizza, burger, etc.
  • Aerated drinks, artificially sweetened drinks, packaged fruit juices, and alcohol.
  • Ready-to-eat food and frozen foods.

 The National Institute of Nutrition recommends physical exercise to live a healthy life. Here’s a simple 20-minute workout routine that you can do in the comfort of your home.

Exercise Plan

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  • Head tilt – 1 set of 10 reps
  • Neck rotations – 1 set of 10 reps
  • Shoulder rotations – 1 set of 10 reps
  • Arm circles – 1 set of 10 reps
  • Wrist rotations – 1 set of 10 reps
  • Waist rotations – 1 set of 10 reps
  • Ankle rotation – 1 set of 10 reps
  • Spot jogging – 5 minutes
  • Jumping jacks – 2 sets of 20 reps
  • Side lunges – 1 set of 15 reps
  • Forward bend – 1 set of 10 reps
  • Standing side crunches – 2 sets of 10 reps
  • Russian twist – 2 sets of 20 reps
  • Crunches – 3 sets of 10 reps
  • Full squat – 2 sets of 10 reps
  • Explosive forward lunges – 2 sets of 10 reps
  • Burpees – 1 set of 10 reps
  • Sit-ups – 1 set of 10 reps
  • Bicep curls (5 lb weights) – 2 sets of 10 reps
  • Tricep dips – 2 sets of 5 reps
  • Push-ups – 2 sets of 10 reps
  • Lying leg circles – 1 set of 10 reps
  • Horizontal kicks – 1 set of 10 reps
  • Forward elbow plank – 20-second hold
  • Stretch

You can also do swimming, running, walking, dancing, cycling, or yoga. Here are a few weight loss tips to help you.

Weight Loss Tips

  • Try to consume at least five different types of veggies and three different types of fruits per day.
  • Avoid consuming too much oil. Though ghee is good for health, avoid it for a few days.
  • Drink the leftover water when you make ricotta cheese at home. It is packed with protein.
  • Do not throw away the soft spinach stem or the crunchy broccoli stalk, considering them inedible. Wash them and slice off half an inch of the broccoli stalk or the soft spinach leaf stem. You can use the rest as these parts of the veggies are highly nutritious.
  • Mix cardio and strength training. Make sure you lose the fat first through cardio and then slowly integrate strength training into your exercise routine.
  • Sleep for at least 7-8 hours a day.
  • Meditate and de-stress.
  • Stay hydrated.

Don’t deprive yourself of the delicious Indian food. Cook and eat healthily – and workout! You will lose weight naturally.

All set to try this fabulous Indian weight loss diet plan? Share your experience with us by commenting below. Cheers!

Expert’s Answers for Readers Questions

Can I eat biryani while on this diet plan?

If you are ready to run 1 km, do 20 push-ups, and 30 crunches, you can eat biryani while you are on this diet! Jokes apart, yes, you will be tempted to deviate from your goal, but be firm, and it will become a habit. Once you lose weight, you can indulge in high-calorie food once a week.

How much weight will I lose by following the 1500-calorie Indian Diet Plan for weight loss?

If you adhere to the diet and exercise plan for 4 weeks, you can lose up to 5 kg.

Can I drink tea with milk and sugar?

No, unfortunately, sugar and milk tend to destroy the goodness of tea. Moreover, you consume more sugar in teas, packaged fruit juices, sodas, etc. So, avoid all kind of drinks that have sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Which oil to use for cooking?

You can use rice bran, coconut, olive, and mustard oil for cooking.

How much oil to use for cooking?

Don’t be too generous with oil. Anything in excess can be harmful. Consume not more than 3-4 tablespoons of oil per day while you are on this diet. You can go as high as 7 tablespoons with extra virgin olive oil.

Can I consume ghee?

Ghee is good for you and a great anti-inflammatory agent. Yes, you can use ghee but not more than 3 tablespoons per day if you want to lose weight.

Can I use spices to prepare curries?

Yes, you can use spices. Spices are the essence of Indian cooking. But do not use too much as spicy food can irritate the stomach lining, leading to infections and digestive and liver problems – which are a few reasons for weight gain.

What cooking method should I use?

Do not overcook your food. Overcooking or over frying can denature the nutrients in the veggies. If you want to heat leftovers, do not boil them. The more you heat or boil food, the lower the nutrition value of food will be. Try eating salads raw. Blanch instead of boiling or frying. Completely avoid deep frying. You can consume steamed food.

I crave for sweets after every meal. What should I do?

You have a few options: A. Eat homemade sweets that contain a minimum amount of sugar. B. Have a piece of dark chocolate. C. Have fruits an hour post-lunch. D. Chew a clove after every meal.

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