A well planned, balanced diet in combination with proper exercises and changes in the life style are the only way of dealing with obesity. Our food should provide balanced amount of nutrients and the number of calories in it should be least.

Person, who wants to lose weight, should extract juice one lemon in a glass of lukewarm water. Add a teaspoonful of honey and take in the morning immediately after waking up and before taking any same of drink.

Person wishing to lose weight can go on a juice only diet for five to seven days. Diet should be restricted to juice of lemon, grapefruit, orange, pineapple and cabbage. This is followed by four or five days of all fruit diet. It consists of three meals a day of pineapple and papaya. After this, gradually the patient can have low-calories well balanced diet consisting of vegetable, grains, etc.

Roast barley seeds and powder it. Mix it with a little milk and honey. Make a paste and take it in breakfast.

Sieve wheat flour and remove the bran. Mix two tablespoons full of this bran and skimmed milk, add honey and take it at least once a day. Do not add sugar.

Take a ripe banana mashed in plain diluted cow’s milk with a tablespoonful of flower juice during breakfast for a couple of months.

Ten drops of tulsi leaf juice with two teaspoonfuls honey in water for one month.

Raw tomatoes and onions mixed with the juice of one lemon is very good salad for overweight people.

Honey in pure raw tomato juice.

Dilute buttermilk made out of skimmed milk,

100 gms horse gram soaped overnight for breakfast.

Cabbage is considered as the best food for losing weight. It is because it contains tartaric acid which inhibits the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat.

For obesity, Finger millet (ragi) is also considered a good food. It is because finger millet prevents the desire to eat further and they also reduces the daily calories intake.


For those people who are genuinely interested in reducing weight, must understand what Fletcherism means. Horace Fletcher of the U.S.A. lived in the 19 th century. He was miserable because he was abnormally overweight and was often down with some illness or the other. He suffered from chronic indigestion. He tried for all sorts of treatment to reduce weight, but did not succeed. After several days of deep study, he came to the conclusion that retaining the food in the mouth and chewing the food at least 30 minutes had a positive effect in reducing weight. He method of reducing weight was named Fletcherism.

Horace Fletcher gave out some rules for reducing weight.

The first and foremost rule is mastication. Every bite should be chewed thirty times right and partly on the left side of the mouth. The food should not be swallowed until chewed to a pulp.

The second rule is not to eat when upset, angry or worried or with mind full of tension and unpleasant thoughts. Because the digestive enzymes and juices are not released while disturbed. A pleasant and cheerful attitude while eating enables better digestion.

The last and very important rule is not to eat when not hungry. We must wait until we feel hunger ness.

So by following Fletcherism, we can prolong the pleasure of taste by eating slowly and moreover we feel contentment. Fletcherism is no doubt a pleasurable method to lose weight, doing nothing except the three cardinal rules laid by Horace Fletcher. A weight-reducing program built on Fletcherism works wonders and in all ways helps to control blood sugar levels in diabetics. Many people, who were not succeeded in reducing weight through other ways, got positive results by following Fletcherism.