Obesity is a major health problem in developed as well as developing countries.
1 Obesity is recognized as a major preventable risk factor that contributes to a broad range of common chronic diseases in the United States, including hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes mellitus. Increased risk of insulin-resistant states, including glucose intolerance and Non-Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (NIDDM) in obese subjects, has also been well documented.
2 Insulin is the hormone responsible for utilization of carbohydrates for energy in the body. In its absence or when its levels are low, the body switches over to fats as a source of energy. Insulin is secreted in large quantities if one consumes food item that contains carbohydrates. Proteins and fats have minimal effect on insulin secretion.The “carbo-insulin connection” theory was popularized by late Dr. Shrikant Jichkar from 1997 to 2004. He advocated the idea of eating only twice a day to lose weight and prevent obesity.
3 The author tried this theory on himself from January to March 2013 and lost 8kg of weight and 2 inches from his belly! Impressed by the success of this simple method of losing weight and preventing obesity, author wrote a book titled “Effortless weight loss” which got published in September 2013.
Since then the author is conducting lectures for lay people educating them about eating twice and losing weight. Author has addressed audiences in many cities and towns of Maharashtra. The present study provides the encouraging results of this public health campaign. The results are from 6 months follow up of this campaign which involves 446 individuals.