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Tips for avoiding weight gain this festive season

Tips for avoiding weight gain
this festive season

Of all the items like Kaju Katli, Gulab Jamun etc. on your Diwali plate, weight gain is also among them. As enjoyable as it is, the festive season can prove to be a stressful time for dieters. The year-long effort to keep the weight in check can effectively go in vain in a few days of "treating yourself". One must not completely shut down festivities and the delicious foods – for it is perfectly fine to enjoy this auspicious festival and indulge yourself! But you can certainly take a few easy-peasy steps to ensure that the festivities do not increase your weight or to avoid piling it on in the first place.

  • Keep a constant check

    Try to record what you're eating to keep a constant tab. There are a handful of ways to do it. You can keep a food journal – perhaps just for the festive days, to keep a track of how much calories you are consuming. You should also weigh yourself at regular intervals. If possible, try to keep a track of how many steps you walk each day. Nowadays, we have the luxury of phone apps for our health needs and all of the above-stated things can be recorded in apps, eliminating the manual work.
  • Exercise

    Exercising daily is probably already a part of your day. However, don't neglect workout during the festive time. It is most beneficial when performed in the morning – as it sets up the tone of the day. It keeps you energetic and enthusiastic throughout the day. Your gym may be closed during these days, however, it doesn't mean you cannot exercise. You can go for a brisk walk or jump rope. Studies prove that people who work out in the morning are less prone to crave tempting food. Double, yay!
  • Choose what you eat

    No matter how many parties you attend during this time, what you eat is ultimately your decision. Think before eating anything – do you absolutely need to eat it? Say, a chocolate pastry is your favourite sweet dish and you are served a butterscotch one – you can easily avoid it. Why eat it and pile on the calories when it isn't even your favourite flavour? Use minimum ghee and sugar wherever you can. Avoid soft drinks when feeling dehydrated. Instead, go for water or coconut water. If you have been invited to dinner and you know you will be stacking up calories, you can make it a point to eat only salads. Fill your plate with veggies and just small amount of rice, puri, etc.
  • It's okay to say no

    We all recognise certain foods that cause instant weight gain for us. It is perfectly alright declining such food items when served. However, refuse gracefully. Explain the reason for your refusal to your host to avoid any misunderstanding. Chances are they will applaud you for your health concerns rather than be offended that you declined their offer.
  • Look for substitutes

    If you are craving for unhealthy food, then try substituting it with healthy food. For example, if you are craving for chocolate, then you may actually be craving magnesium. So, get some magnesium rich foods such as cashews, pine nuts, flaxseed or grab dark chocolate.
  • Be mindful while buying

    To exercise this, one must make it a point to purchase foods only in the capacity they are needed. Do not stock up the sweets etc. to be used later. And if you do have some leftovers, give them away to your guests or house help – they will appreciate your kind gesture as well. Remember- out of sight, out of mind.
  • Chew slowly

    People who describe themselves as fast eaters tend to be heavier than those who say they eat more slowly. Chewing slowly allows for a relaxed eating and in some way, makes you eat less than you normally would.
  • Drink water before meals

    A new study by the University of Birmingham revealed that obese adults who drink 500ml water before a meal lost an average of 4.3 Kg in 12 weeks. Drinking water before meals provide a sense of fullness, so not as much food is needed to reach the point of satiety.
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