Whenever a client comes to me for weight loss, I start by taking history of their current routine and diet pattern, which helps me guide them where they are going wrong.
To my surprise,
Many of my clients have biscuits as their first meal or even as their breakfast.
When I ask, why biscuits?
They say they have whole grain biscuits or crackers or salted biscuits as whole grains are high in fibres and so good for health. But, actually they are not.
Now, to understand why you should avoid any biscuits, may be normal lite or multigrain,
First you should know how biscuits are made…..
To make a biscuit, you need flour, i.e. atta which can be multi purpose flour, i.e. maida or whole grain atta.
For binding that atta to make dough, you need any type of fat like oil or ghee or butter, etc. As no water is used to make the dough, its entirely ghee or butter. Imagine the amount of fats being used.
In the outside readymade packaged biscuits, they use vegetable oil: Vanaspati ghee or Dalda.
Because it is cheap and it is hydrogenated, it has greater shelf life means it will not get rancid or spoil and can be stored for another 6 months.
This vegetable oil is very high in transfatty acid due to the process of hydrogenation.
These transfatty acids are very sticky in nature and are the cause to increase your bad cholesterol levels and increase your fat percentage.
Also, when you use maida to make biscuits, the amount of Dalda used is less, as maida is very fine and needs less fats to bind together.
But when multigrain atta is used, since it’s very coarse in nature, it needs more fats or Dalda to bind.
Hence, any whole grain biscuits will have higher amount of Dalda than normal biscuits made with maida.
You take any biscuits, those have high amount of sugar.
So, definitely a no-no for diabetic and fat loss.
When such high amount of sugar is eaten, it will raise your sugar levels which will temporarily make you feel good.
But once the sugar level drops, it will make you feel low, leading to mood swings and binge eating.
Some clients say that they have salted biscuits and no sugar.
But in those biscuits, the amount of salt is very high which is main cause of hypertension.
Also, it will lead to water retention, especially for those who have hormonal issues like pcos or menopause; etc.
High amount of salt means high amount of iodine which can also make changes in your thyroid hormones.
Biscuits, normal or multigrain, are rich in artificial colours and flavours. Which creates a craving.
Once you open a biscuit packet, it is very difficult to stop till you finish it, which in turn adds calories.
Also, next day at same time again, you feel the craving for same biscuits.
And that never happens with our home made Upma or Dalya or Poha.
You don’t crave rather you wanna have different breakfast everyday.
As per Yoga,
There are three types of food….
1. Sattvik food
2. Rajsic food
3. Tamsic food
Sattvik is any wholesome food which is prepared at home with love.
Rajsic food are the foods which are high on tastes like salty, spicy, chatpatta.. These food make ones mind very hyperactive, which in turn reduces concentration levels.
Tamsik food are the foods which are rich in Tama guna. Tama means darkness and hence those are dead food, means food which have been made long time ago.
All the packaged foods are dead food lying in jars or packets in any grocery shop, like biscuits, which are made month’s ago.
Such food makes you feel dark, heavy, lazy and take you low on your thought process.
So whenever you are following fat loss plans and having biscuits, it will make you feel lazy and no enthusiasm to do workout, which leads to no weight loss.
So, the rule is, no biscuits
Whether it’s a maida or multigrain or crakers or anything !!