Count your Calories as you count your Money

Count Your Calories As You Count Your Money

Whenever we talk about weight reduction we are told terms like – cutting the calories, eat fewer calories, don’t eat high calories, burn your calories, say no to calories. The diet specialists always prescribing 800 calorie chart, 1000 calorie chart and so on.

The nutritionists, dieticians, doctors are supposed to know how to count the calories but those who actually need to know the counting of calories is the users – people who want to lose their weight. Dr. Bimal Chhajer, the founder of Saaol has evolved a new technique, a process which is very simple and user-friendly that will allow anyone to count the calories when they eat. He is also the pioneer in “Zero Oil Cooking”.

All of us learnt to count when we were in Ist or IInd standard in school. All of us can count money without any strain on the brain. But when we say count calories the mind gets puzzled. What may be the difference! The difference is that in the notes/money the amounts are written but this is not the case in food. All foods have different calories depending on the composition. But all of them have some caloric value. We divided all foods, preparations depending on their actual calories into four groups 20rs, 50rs, 100rs and 500rs. These groups can be lowest calorie group (Rs. 20 group), low-calorie group (Rs. 50 group), high-calorie group (Rs. 100 group) and very high-calorie group (Rs.500 group).

We must know that water, minerals, fibre, vitamins in our food have no calories. The calories only come from Carbohydrates, Proteins and Fat. Whichever foods have more of water and fibre has lowest calories. These are vegetables and salads. If we do not add any oil on these they are 20 calories per 100 gms. We have put all the vegetables and salads in Rs. 20 category or “Rs. 20 food”. The only potato is an exception which has 100 calories per 100 gms.

The next category is “Rs. 50 foods”. These are all fruits. There are four exceptions Banana, Sapota, Mango and Grapes – which have high calories and are put in the next group the “Rs. 100 food”. Rs. 100 foods are all the cereals rice(pulao, plain rice, idli, dosa etc), wheat(chapaties, bread, buns, dalia), pulses and sugar. Potato and four high-calorie fruits also fall in this category.

“Rs. 500 foods” are fried foods and dry fruits. They may be sweets or snacks. Bhujia, Dalmot, Gulab Jamun, Fried Halwa, Sweets made from dry fruits or Khoa, Laddu, Peda, Pizza, – all fall in this category.

So, if you want to lose weight you should consume only Rs. 20 and Rs. 50 foods. You should also minimize the intake of Rs. 100 foods and ban completely the use of Rs. 500 foods. Oppositely, if someone wants to gain weight he/she has to eat more of Rs. 100 and Rs. 500 foods, minimize the intake of Rs. 50 foods and avoid low calorie foods (Rs.20 foods).Heart patients, obese should avoid Rs. 500 foods completely.