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My name is Ayesha Nasir, and I am a certified clinical dietitian currently working at Cosma Studios. And today, I’m back with yet another article centered on weight loss.
The topic today is one of the most famous cooking essentials that are present in every Desi household. If you haven’t guessed it yet, I am talking about Desi Ghee.
How it is made
Desi ghee is made by a process of melting regular butter. Once the butter has separated into milk solids and liquids fats, these milk solids are removed leaving only liquid fat. This enables the ghee to have lesser amounts of lactose than does pure butter.
Can you lose weight with Desi Ghee?
A lot of my clients often complain about having to compromise on parathas in their diet. Because let’s face it, if there’s one thing we Pakistanis love, it’s our Desi ghee parathas. Well, let me put you all at ease by saying, you can lose weight without having to boycott parathas.
You might have come across one of my clients’ videos, called Abdul Rauf. He lost about thirty kilograms of weight within 2 months. And his diet plan consisted of a paratha that he would normally consume in his breakfast.
Diet plan with Desi Ghee
Now I will share a diet for those of you out there that prefer to have a heavy breakfast to kick start their days. Such a breakfast will obviously include a paratha, so that their inner wants are also fulfilled whilst simultaneously following a diet plan. If you’re not a fan of desi ghee, here is a diet plan without it.
Let’s start with pre-breakfast. Early morning as soon as you wake up, you should make a habit of drinking one cup of hot water that you prepared the night before by adding one teaspoon of zeera (cumin) or dar cheeni (cinnamon). Make sure you take this on an empty stomach.
Within 30 minutes of drinking this water, you will have your breakfast. This will include a 7-inch DVD-sized paratha made of whole wheat. When preparing your paratha, add two teaspoons of Desi ghee to it and make sure to cover both sides.
One brand of Desi ghee that I would suggest here is that of Chiltan Pure. Their Desi ghee is very healthy in nature and is pure in its composition. I would also suggest that you pair your paratha with one egg, fried in a minimum amount of oil.
Then comes tea time. While making tea, be sure to use as little milk as possible. Tea is essentially caffeine and its purpose is to wake you up not to load you up on liquid calories that are hardly even satiating. Also, skip out on the sugar, or use honey in its stead.
If you take this breakfast around 8-9, you will not feel hungry till at least 12, once the moon timestamp has been reached, consume 7 skinned almonds and pair this with a cup of green tea without sugar.
Around 1-2, it will finally be time for lunch. Try to consume lentils (daalein) in your lunchtime as these contain protein and are highly satiating, meaning you will not feel the need to eat more till dinner time.
One great option here would be to make chana Chaat (chickpea salad). One common mistake to make here is to include too many grams of chickpeas (chana) into your salad and a lesser amount of vegetables like tomatoes and onions.
I would suggest that use black beans instead of white beans here. If you have used ½ cup beans/chickpeas in your salad, make sure to fill the other half with vegetables. Be careful about your ratios as this slight change can mean the difference between weight loss and gain.
In addition, do not add potatoes or pees to your bean salad and try to include fresh vegetables in your salad instead of cooked ones. If you do not want to eat a salad, another option would be to make a lentil soup.
This can be made of either moong (green gram lentil) or masoor (red lentil). Take 3 tablespoons of the lentil and make a thin soup out of it. However, if you are not in the mood for lentils at all, there is a third option.
You can make 3 homemade kababs made of daal and chicken, fried in the minimum amount of oil i.e. one teaspoon to one tablespoon of Desi ghee.
At around 5 pm, it will finally be time to eat some fruit. This is important because fruits add fiber to your diet and help your digestive process. Some fruits that you eat include 1 apricot, 1 apple, 1 peach, or 4 plums.
Then comes dinner. For this meal, make it a habit of eating some fixed proportion of salad. This adds fiber to your meal and fills up your stomach making you feel more satiated. Furthermore, it also takes you more time to finish a meal that is laden with salad and this helps you feel fuller.
If you can’t eat salad, eat 2-3 medium-sized cucumbers. In addition, add 200 grams of grilled chicken or Bar B Q chicken along with one cup of low-fat yogurt.
Late night drink
If before sleeping, you feel hungry, add a tablespoon of ispaghol and add it to water to drink. This is ideal because when you sleep your stomach digests the food you have consumed. Ispaghol helps with this process.
A final word of advice would be to use Desi ghee in moderation. Although it is healthy and serves a range of benefits, it is still made up of saturated fat which can be fattening when taken in excess amounts. So make sure you measure your portions accurately.
Who should eat Desi Ghee?
Desi ghee is absolutely essential for kids since they are in the growing stage of their lives. This ghee will aid them in nourishing and this will manifest itself in the form of good height and a healthy weight. It is great for your bones, builds immunity, and aids with PCOS, a condition shared by many girls all over Pakistan.
When to use Desi ghee
All cooking done before 4 pm should be done using Desi ghee. However, post 4 pm, use olive oil to make your food as that is easier on digestion. It is also a great source of healthy fats as compared to its alternatives. Try not to use more than 1 tablespoon of Desi ghee at one point in time.
Desi ghee can be used by heart patients but its quantity needs to be regulated. This is because it is a great source of vitamins such as those of A and B that are essential for everyday life.
However, if you are a heart patient, consult with your doctor about the use of Desi ghee beforehand. In addition, lactose-intolerant patients are also advised not to limit the amount of Desi ghee in their diet.
Now was this diet plan very scientific or confusing? Does it sound difficult to accomplish? No. It is a very flexible diet plan full of various alternatives. And most of all, it allows you to keep eating Desi ghee parathas.
Although you can achieve weight loss by being smart with your food intake, for optimum results of weight loss, you must combine this prescribed use of Desi ghee with 3-4 days a week of physical exercise. Do not expect that you can lose weight without having to move a muscle.
Our bodies are built to adapt to changing patterns in eating and no matter how you alter your diet, eventually, your body will reach a plateau which will only be overcome by combining different methods of weight loss.
Frequently Asked Question
What is the difference between ghee and Desi ghee?
Ghee is essentially a hydrogenated refined oil i.e. a trans-fat whereas Desi ghee consists only of healthy saturated fats. Furthermore, Desi ghee is also known to help with the regulation of colon management while ghee does not help with colon management.
What is Desi ghee made of?
Desi Ghee is made up of cow milk and is usually churned by way of heating white butter. Once the butter has separated into its 2 components of milk solids and liquids fats, the milk solids are removed from the mixture.
Is ghee healthier than butter?
Ghee is a natural food made with completely organic methods of production. It contains lesser additives and chemicals and also contains minimal amounts of lactose, thus it can be used by dairy intolerant people as well. These reasons make it a better choice as compared to butter.
Is Desi ghee good for weight loss?
Ghee is a great source of fat-soluble vitamins as well as healthy fatty acids, and these aid in weight loss. These fats help satiate you for longer and keep hunger at bay, thereby making dieting easier.
Does eating ghee makes skin glow?
Consuming Desi ghee adds a lot of moisture to your skin and helps bring a glow to your face. It is also known to nourish your hair and make it considerably shinier, as well as healthy. Ghee also has antioxidants which give it anti-viral properties overall improving your immune system.