Can’t wait to lose weight

Does raw amla help reduce weight? How long will it take to show its effects?

Q: I have a seven months old baby and I feed her. I am experiencing heavy hair fall and I have also gained 15kg weight. Having heard a lot about the benefits of amla, I started eating two raw amlas every day.

Does raw amla help reduce weight? How long will it take to show its effects? Do also tell me if there’s a better way to consume amla to reduce weight quickly.

—Shankari Singh via website

A: Raw amla is a rich source of vitamin C. Your hair fall can be due to any of the following reasons: deficiency of zinc, low haemoglobin levels or inadequate nutritional intake. Consult with your doctor and get started on a course of multivitamins immediately.

Eating any one food can never help you lose weight. You need to take a look at your overall diet pattern and eliminate all excess calories in the form of fried food or sweets. Drink enough water and eat foods that are rich in fibre to keep you feeling full. Whole grain cereals, pulses, fruits and raw vegetables are some examples. You need to also start an exercise routine as soon as possible. For now, start with brisk walking for 45 minutes, five days a week, and you will soon start seeing results.

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