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Don't go on a low-carb diet: Celeb nutritionist Luke Coutinho busts healthy lifestyle myths

Shilpa Shetty's fave nutritionist and health guru doles out wellness tips to sort out your regimen for life

T2 Online Newsdesk 12 September 2017, 5:35 PM
Shilpa Shetty, Luke says, is all for healthy munching all the way

Shilpa Shetty, Luke says, is all for healthy munching all the way Image: Fotocorp

When you have a solid lifestyle coach to teach you the ropes of healthy living, you've got very little to complain. Shilpa Shetty is lucky that way. Luke Coutinho, her nutritionist and co-author on her book The Great Indian Diet, is her go-to guy for tips on staying fit and healthy. And, lucky for y'all, he spills the beans on the same tips he shares with Shilpa in an interview to t2.

Luke Coutinho
Luke Coutinho (Image: Twitter)

Don't believe us? Read on to know how the actor keeps fit and how you can too. His tips are not just practical, they are also easy to follow.



1. The four pillars of good health are balanced nutrition, adequate exercise, adequate sleep, and a stress-free life. Look at the underlying cause of diseases.

2. Clean your gut. People with depression take anti-depressants that help in producing serotonin, a feel-good hormone that makes you feel less stressed. We believe it’s all in the mind. But where’s serotonin made? In your gut. If you have poor gut health, which 86 per cent of Indians do, you are compromising the production of serotonin. Anti-depressants are a quick-fix solution. If you don’t fix your guts, their dosage will only have to be increased.

3. Food is not the enemy. Don’t have a bad relationship with food. Everyone’s body and mind are different. So, the food and exercise that’s good for one is not necessarily good for another.



4. You should be able to eat half your food raw. Eat more raw food and less cooked food. What do you need before you put cooked food into your system? Digestive enzymes that help break down your food. And you get those enzymes from the raw food that you eat.

5. Have sufficient fruits in a day but do not overdo it. Soak nuts and seeds. All of them have something called anti-nutrients to protect themselves from insects. In our system, it blocks the absorption of nutrients into our cells. Soaking helps get rid of the anti-nutrients.

6. Carbohydrates supply energy to your cells. Do not go on a low-carb diet. If you work out less, you eat less. If you work out more, you eat more. A lot of people use a lot of brain energy. That comes from carbs. If you cut down on them, you tend to get irritable, snappy and frustrated because the brain is not getting enough energy.



7. None of us breathes to our full capacity. What we do is shallow breathing. That’s where yoga and pranayama come into use, supplying the body with enough oxygen and also calming down the system. Oxygen breaks down the fat in your body.

8. In any stressful situation, our body has a ‘fight or flight’ response. Stress is meant to go up and come down. When you are stressed, cortisol, which is your stress hormone, rises and the level of thyroxine falls. How do you treat that? By taking pills to boost your thyroxine secretion, or by reducing your stress.

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