Diwali season in India has arrived in all its glory. It is a time to celebrate with family and friends. As a result, it translates into a crazy fest of sweets, snacks, and a whole lot of tasty temptations. Even those who maintain a healthy weight tend to gain a couple of kgs during this season. How do you keep your health, fitness, and weight on track through these months and till the New Year rolls in? Wedding Affair brings to you some tips to remain healthy.
Don’t forget to make time for breakfast
People who skip a morning meal tend to eat more poorly throughout the day and also exercise less. Eat a breakfast comprising protein and fiber. They will stabilize your blood sugar and keep you going till mid-morning. Try and make your favorite dishes healthier. Make brown rice pulao, sweeten kheer with jaggery and opt for fruit salad instead of ras malai. These simple changes will make an impact over time.
Be realistic about your fitness goals
Let’s face it. This is not the best time to lose weight, not when someone is offering you ladoos, kheer and barfi every day. Aim at maintaining your current weight. That’s the only mission possible right now. The benefits of exercise are known to all of us. Stick to your exercise routine to bust stress and keep yourself feeling good. A moderate and daily increase in exercise can help offset the increase in eating and calories.
Never skip meals
Skipping lunch to compensate for a calorie-dunked dinner is a terrible idea. Eating regular small meals, in addition to dinner, will keep your blood sugar stable and prevent cravings. You’re far less likely to overeat. Any meal should comprise a large portion of fruits and vegetables. Be it cucumber sticks, a mixed salad, fruit chaat, or whole fruit, make them a part of your diet during these times. Before leaving for a party, eat a light snack. A salad or a fruit with a spoonful of peanut butter or almond butter can curb your appetite and make you less likely to fall for temptation.
Survey the buffet
It’s a good idea to walk past the buffet table and choose what you want to tank up on. Taking a bite of this, one of that, one more of this can make you overeat. Choose your favorite foods and skip those that you don’t like. Alcohol is fattening, but most of us tend to forget that as the festivities begin in earnest. Control the amount of alcohol you consume over these months and try not to over-indulge. Opt for lower-calorie beers and wines when you can.
Rich sugary foods amp up the sugar content in our body and make us crave more rich and sugary foods. It’s a vicious cycle so limit your intake. Think about portion sizes and eat smaller portions. You’ll find those small helpings of your favorite dishes are far more satisfying than overdoing it. All of us tend to offer and drink a lot of non-alcoholic beverages during the course of the day and with meals. But these beverages are loaded with sugar and calories and can tip the weighing scale by inviting you to overeat. Don’t overdose on juice either; whole fruit is way better.