64. Reading Skills Comprehension: POWER FOODS

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1 When Rajat, a student studying for the Class X Board examination approached Dr Anoop Mishra of the Fortis Hospital, who had put on six kilograms, during preparation leave, for advice, he was told that the lack of physical activity was the primary cause of weight gain. He further advised him to follow a few significant tips.

2 As Rajat’s appetite had gone up and he had begun to snack frequently, Dr Mishra asked him to give Up the habit and have small meals at frequent intervals. He was also told not to skip a meal. In case, he still felt the urge to snack, he was advised to have sprouts and salads in lieu of snacks loaded with fat and eat fruit in place of snacks with refined sugars. To avoid the temptation of munching on biscuits, chips and namkeens, he was advised to much carrots, cucumber and fruits.

3 To keep up his metabolism, and be able to concentrate for longer hours on his books, he was advised to avoid heavy meals, especially late at night. He needs to expose his body to sunlight for at least fifteen minutes a day to imbibe Vitamin D, a good vitamin for regulation of weight and also for the brain.

4 When it came to cold drinks, Rajat was advised to drink toned milk and nimbu pani to help him get rid of untimely hunger pangs. Also, green teas he was told was a metabolic booster and could be tried out

5 As far as his study routine was concerned, Dr Mishra advised him to take breaks frequently instead of sitting for long hours at a stretch as that could cause headaches. In case he did get a headache it was necessary to learn what triggers it, and then try and avoid those things. The lighting of the room and placement of the chair was also important.

6 Above all, Rajat was advised to take regular exercise, as all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

  1.  Answer the following questions briefly.

(a) Why did Rajat approach, Dr Mishra?
(b) What was Rajat advised to do instead of snacking?
(c) What substitutes was Rajat advised in place of snacks?
(d) How was he to overcome the temptation of eating biscuits and namkeens?
(e) Why was Rajat asked to stay away from heavy meals late at night?
(f) What kinds of cold drinks was Rajat permitted to have?
(g) What was the cause of headache according to Dr Mishra?
(h) Why should we expose ourselves to sunlight for fifteen minutes every day?

Answers

(a) Rajat approached Dr Mishra because he had put on six Kgs while preparing for the Class X Board examinations.
(b) In lieu of snacking, Rajat was advised to take small meals at frequent intervals.
(c) Rajat was advised to partake of sprouts and salads in place of snacks.
(d) Rajat was advised to munch on carrots and cucumber whenever he felt the urge to have biscuits and namkeens.
(e)Rajat was asked to stay away from late dinners in order to keep up his metabolism and concentrate for long hours.
(f)Rajat was permitted to have green tea, nimbu pani and toned milk drinks.
(g) The cause of a headache was sitting for long hours at a stretch at his table and that it could be allayed if Rajat found out what triggered it off and subsequently avoided the same.
(h)Sunlight exposure would help our body obtain Vitamin D, which is good for regulating weight and for the brain.

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