I grew up in a generation of consuming high fat food and my mother cooking in clarified butter and making lots of fried food, such as samosas and onion bhajis. My mother knew no better and there was not a lot of emphasis placed on healthy eating until recent years.

It has taken time to change my mother’s mind-set, but she will still sprinkle the occasional salt on her food and she believes that it is ok to add butter to a dish as you need it to keep your joints lubricated, just like applying WD40 to creaking doors! Sometimes she will say that it is ok to have the odd spoon of clarified butter which is made of pure fat and has around 135-150 calories per tablespoon. This is a belief amongst many Asians, but this is the worst advice someone can give, that you need to keep your joints lubricated by consuming lots of butter or even clarified butter.

The truth about consuming too much clarified butter

The truth is that if you consume too much clarified butter you could have chronic health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, blood pressure and there is a risk of having an early death due to the damage it can cause. Clarified butter is like injecting slow poison into your body.

Chronic health issues and excess weight are most common among Asians as they can often have a diet of consuming too much food high in fat. In fact Indian food is very good for you if you cook it correctly and use oil sparingly and avoid clarified butter. By making some changes to your cooking this could go a long way and you may be able to avoid health problems that you may encounter in later life.

What you can do to help yourself

1)   Cook your curries with more tomato based sauces. They are much heathier for you than creamed curries. Curries such as chicken korma contain a lot of calories and eating excessive amounts could lead to heart disease or even cholesterol.

2)   You may consider baking your samosas in an oven as it is the frying process that absorbs the most fat and makes them unhealthy. Baking your samosas and brushing them with a thin layer of milk would give that same crispy effect that you get with frying.

3)  Opt for wholemeal flour and rice as it is far healthier for you and has not gone through a refining process.

4)  Cook lots of vegetable curries and use the spices to bring out the flavour rather than butter, cream or clarified butter.

How weight loss hypnotherapy can help

If you want to get rid of the fat for good and want someone to give you a reality check of your eating habits, making an appointment with a weight loss hypnotherapist might not be a bad idea. They can help you to adopt a completely different lifestyle where you are fully in control of those samosas and onion bhajis. Your weight loss hypnotherapist will help you to explore your relationship with food so that you are in control. This will help with weight loss and could optimise better health.

Top tip: Ensure you choose a weight loss hypnotherapist that has proven results and experience.

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Manjit works with a diverse clientele in her busy practice in Leicester. Having high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease in Manjit's family, she had to alter her eating habits accordingly, so she created the Asian Exclusive Weight Loss Programme. For more detials visit Manjit's website: