Health, Fitness and Wellness

Are you pregnant? I was asked!!!

I was never a slim person, but not fat either. Just somewhere comfortably sitting on the fence. As per my height of 160 cms, I weigh between 59 to 62 kgs. Though I am not OK with that, I have somehow resigned myself to the fact that that’s what it’s going to be. I eat sensibly (I do not diet), and rarely go over the board. I exercise 3-4 times in the gym and love to do strength training.

However, just 3 months ago, as I visited my daughter’s school for an open house meeting with the class teacher, a lady asked me if I was expecting.

I said, “No”.

She deliberately looked at my tummy and asked, “Are you sure?”

I was upset by the incident. Not, by the mother asking me, but by the obvious reference. I looked closely in the mirror. My tummy was bulging out. No wonder she thought that. I would have too, if I had been in her position. I had not made any changes to my diet. So how could I have gained weight? The next day, I went in for a BMI check, and indeed, my weight was hovering over 64 kgs.

My, my!! I freaked out. I knew I had to be more diligent about what I put in my mouth. Two months of sincerely watching my food intake, while continuing with my strength training, I expected my weight to come down. But, did it? No, mother of all shocks. It didn’t! It was still at 63.9 kgs.

And, that’s when my husband stepped in. He asked me to use this app – Bon happétee. To me apps meant what’s app, Facebook, and my online shopping apps. With serious misgivings and also clueless as what else to do (I didn’t want to spend on nutritionists; I’d rather buy clothes, lovely ballerinas and bags), I started using Bon happetée.

Well, I must say I liked the interface. It was inviting and easy to understand. I logged in my dinner – a big bowl of lettuce salad. I was happy that I had eaten well. But, then I got the score from the app. It gave me an embarrassing score of 2 out of 10. The app had a bug. I thought. No one could eat healthier than this. It should have given me 10.

I took it to my husband and smirked, “This app has gone berserk. It is penalizing me for eating salad”.

My husband asked, “Did you find out from the app, why it gave you such a low score?” I was nonplussed.

“It tells you that?”

He showed me how to find out what’s wrong with your meal in the app. And, seriously, the app told me that though I felt I was doing a good job eating a salad, my body was not getting the required amount of carb, protein, fat and fiber from the meal, which if translated said that eating a less than hearty meal is important as it avoids binge eating.

My husband reminded me, “Whenever you eat ONLY salad for dinner, you end up eating kurmura, mathris and other mixtures at 10 in the night”, which was true!

The app was simply telling me to eat heartily now than eat junk later, which is one of the primary reasons my weight was stagnant.

The next day, I entered my lunch details – 3 small idlis and 1 medium spoon coconut chutney. But, you know what it threw at me – a measly score of 6. Why was that? Because there was very little protein, fat and fiber in my meal. And, if you are not aware of it (as I wasn’t earlier) it’s the protein that makes us fuller, and not carbs. Carbs only makes us hungry faster, while proteins keep our tummy satiated and hence, fewer cravings for reaching out for that dessert or midnight snack.

It’s been a month since I have started using the app. And, let me tell you, my weight has gone down 1.5 kilos. However, it’s not the weight that I am worried about. The best part is my problem of indigestion post afternoon is almost gone, I feel better and lighter, no problems of constipation (which is a major sign of good health) and I sleep better. And, the most important thing – I do not have mindless or unnecessary food cravings.

The app has a feature that not only records daily meals and analyzes my daily and weekly scores to give me an idea about what I am eating and if it is right, but it also gives me my daily meal plans, just like a nutritionist. Bon happétee is my personal nutritionist (free of charge, of course), and helping me at every inch of the way (pun intended! ;). And, if like me, the question “What to cook today?” drives you to the wall too, this app also recommends your daily menu. Yes, that’s neat, isn’t it?

Oh, and before I forget, my tummy definitely looks tucked in. So no more ‘when are you due?’ remarks for me! 🙂

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