New Delhi: Gaining a few extra kilos the festive season is a common concern for many people. Festivals – such as Diwali – are a time of joy, celebration, togetherness, and, of course, delicious food. While we all love to gorge on those delicacies, overindulgence can lead to a bloated belly, indigestion, acid reflux, unhealthy weight gain, etc. Festive goodies are usually deep-fried and calorie-dense. A little indulgence is no harm, but when we cross a limit it could impact your body weight and, in turn, health in general.
In fact, festivals can be one of the biggest risk factors for your total annual weight gain. Hence, keeping a check on the portion of sweets, deep-fried food, rich gravies and likewise, becomes important for your weight, tummy and overall health.
Tips to avoid weight gain during festivals
Wondering how to avoid overeating and maintain a healthy lifestyle this Diwali? Fret not, with some techniques, you can still enjoy the food and stick to your weight loss plan. Ms Anushka Baindur, senior dietician, Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore, shares a few tips to help you stay fit during the festive season:
- Balance: Balancing meals and eating lighter meals will cut down the calorie consumption to some extent. Adding a bowl of vegetable salad to a meal provides satiety, thereby helping in cutting down the portion of other high-calorie foods on the menu. If one particular meal has been heavy, then keep the other meal light. For example, if one has had a very heavy lunch, then dinner can be light like a bowl of fruit or vegetable salad.
- Protein and fibre: Adding adequate good quality protein can also reduce the intake of high-fat and starchy foods, which can lead to weight gain. Hence, including dishes like chole, rajma, sprouts, thick dal in meals will help reduce the intake of calorie-dense foods. Choosing foods that are loaded with fibre like vegetables and fresh fruits can help reduce the urge to eat by keeping you feeling satisfied longer.
- Breakfast: Do not skip meals, especially breakfast, as that would only increase food cravings and make you eat more in the next meal. Eating a good healthy breakfast can help ensure smaller meals during the rest of the day.
- Water: Adequate intake of water is extremely essential. It stimulates metabolism and can cut down hunger and cravings to some extent.
- Exercise: Being active and exercising should not take a backseat even during the festive season. Moderate exercises such as walking and practicing yoga on a regular basis can help keep the weight in check.
Additionally, include foods that can help boost immunity. Include a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables daily. Fruits, nuts, sprouts can be healthy snack alternatives which will also add immunity-boosting nutrients to the diet. This year, it’s even more necessary to stay in the pink of health and keep our immune system strong in view of the pandemic.
Lastly, it is important to be mindful of what you are eating and how much you are eating. A period of overindulgence can hamper your weight loss efforts and bring disruptive digestion issues among others.