Diwali is just around the corner and I can completely understand how hard it is to say NO to that mouthwatering laddu or kachori!
It’s that time of the year again when all we want to do is celebrate, party and gorge on all the delicious sweets.
But what happens after the festive mood is over?
Every delicacy you indulged in starts showing up in the form of extra fat on your body! And you really can’t afford to do that!! Can you?
Don’t you worry, I have just the right weight loss tips that you can follow to stay fit this Diwali!
1) Switch from Fatty to Healthy
To stay fit you don’t have to deprive yourself of all your favorite foods, all you have to do is choose them wisely!
For example, you can opt for dry fruits or nuts over sweets. Nuts are relatively low on calories and high on protein and keep you full for a longer period of time.
And if sweets are a must then opt for sweets like Rasgulla or Sandesh over fried sweets like Gulabjamun. If you are the one cooking then you can use jaggery instead of white sugar.
One more option could be baking or steaming your snacks instead of frying them. So choose baked Chaklis or steamed Dhoklas over fried Kachori or Puri.
2) Munch on Time!
Along with eating wisely, the timing of the food is also a very important part of the equation. Eating sweets right after a meal is not a very good idea, as there is a high chance that it will get directly stored as fat.
But that doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy your favorite sweets. If you really have a sweet tooth then you can have them early in the morning, as the liver stores are empty, so the body will mostly use it for energy instead of storing it as fat, and would reduce the chance of you gaining weight.
3) Skipping the Big B is a bad idea
No matter how busy you get with festivities, take out time for a healthy breakfast. Eating a morning meal high on protein (like eggs, cottage cheese, skimmed milk) and complex carbs (multigrain breads, oats, whole grains) will keep you feeling full for a longer time, control your cravings and limit you from binging on unhealthy snacks.
4) Say NO to Fizz:
Aerated drinks are silent killers and are a storehouse for empty calories. The high sugar content in these drinks will only help you in piling on those extra kilos that you are trying so hard to lose. So opt for healthier drinks like Nimbupani, Coconut water, Buttermilk or Green tea.
Water consumption is also very important as it acts like a detoxifier and helps you get rid of all the toxins, leaving you hydrated and full of energy.
5) “The Greens”- DON’T Miss out on them:
Including a good helping of greens in your daily diet especially during the festive season is important. Have them in the form of soup or salad right before your meal. The fiber content will make you eat less and will help you keep your weight in check. And the nutrients in the green veggies give you a healthy and a glowing skin.
6) Don’t Make a Mountain out of your Food!
Try not to pile up your plate with all the deserts in the world! Use smaller plates, go for smaller portions and avoid any second helpings. This way you get to indulge in your favorite deserts minus the guilt.
7) Diwali is No Excuse to skip your Workout
If you don’t have the time to hit the gym then even a brisk walk would help. Walks help in digestion particularly after a heavy meal and help you stay active and on the go!
So what are you waiting for? Gear up for a healthy, nutritious Diwali this year! And yes, don’t forget to have a blast!