DIET, a word that is the staple to our language these days originated in the early 19th century. Diet simply means the sum of food consumed by a person or other organism. This often refers to the use of a specific nutrition for health or weight-management reasons (both are often associated).
It started back in the era of the Industrial Revolution. The Industrial Revolution brought an increase in wealth, in the production of goods and the standard of living. This led to the discovery and evolution of new resources that were artificially made and this resulted in today’s essential commodities like sugar, alcohol, salt, cereal grains, domesticated meats and dairy products. Industrial Revolution introduced new methods of food processing including the addition of cereals, refined sugar and refined vegetable oils.
Today’s western diet present in the world is a consequence of the industrial revolution and today it is a part of every household, whether less or more but this western pattern diet is positively correlated with an elevated incidence of obesity, death from heart disease, cancer(especially colon cancer). The adverse effects of these processed ingredients were shortly witnessed by people and there was a need to undertake dietary controls to heal them and stay healthy in the long run.
In the world, London’s William Banting popularized weight loss diets by limiting carbohydrate intake for the first time, especially in the nature of flour or sugar. His meals were four meals a day consisting of meat, greens, fruits and dry alcohol. Preference was given to avoid sugar, saccharin, starch, beer, milk and butter. His recommendations are a model for modern food.
If we breakdown this concept to India, India has a rich and highly varied cuisine and its various diets are socially related to social identity, religion and other cultural factors as well as local agricultural practices and availability of diverse foods. In India there are known to be 41 diet patterns that vary because of diverse eating habits and nature of people. Some regions rely on agricultural products while others have a dominant dairy and poultry industry.
If we look deep into science, every food source has three basic macro ingredients that are proteins, carbohydrates and fats. When we talk about the current scenario it is advised to eat a high protein diet that contains a moderate amount of carbohydrates(complex) and healthy fats. The consumption of these macro ingredients depends on the Basal Metabolic Rate(BMR) which is the rate of energy expenditure per unit time by endothermic animals at rest. These 3 components are adjusted to the goals of an individual and change in these leads the health experts and nutritionists to create a plethora of diet plans that are healthy and customized upon the individual’s body needs.
And as we know change is famously claimed to be the only constant in human life, so these diet plans need to be changed at intervals when the body adapts to a particular diet and stops showing the desired results which point is known as hitting plateau. In an individual’s life who is focused on healthy life there is an average of 18 diet patterns that he/she changes and adopts them repeatedly to achieve those desired levels of health and fitness. So, after you read this article, calculate your BMR and decide your goals to make a diet that brings you close to your goals each day because it’s finally SHOWTIME.