The Maharashtra Medical Department appointed the well-known preventive and social medicine professor Dr Jagannath Dixit as its brand ambassador for tackling obesity and diabetes on Monday (19 November), Times of India has reported.
Jagannath Dixit claims that lifestyle modification is effective in losing weight as well as reversing diabetes. "If one follows the two-meal practice, I am sure there will not only be weight loss, but it will help in controlling diabetes. Reversal of diabetes is also possible," said Dixit.
Dixit is currently the head of the department of community medicine at Latur Medical College. He says that his theory is based on the diet plan drafted by late Dr Shrikant Jichkhar between 1997 and 2004. Dixit's advice is to eat twice when one is hungry. In between two meals, one can drink water, diluted, home-made buttermilk, green or black tea (without sugar), coconut water and one tomato. This is to control the insulin secretion that leads to obesity.
"We appointed Dixit as brand ambassador after we found that his diet plan to tackle obesity and diabetes is yielding results," said BJP leader Girish Mahajan, who heads the medical education department. The Maharashtra government’s approach may help in addressing lifestyle diseases that are affecting the public in recent times.