The festive season is back and with all the tasty temptations constantly surrounding you, it can be hard to maintain the body that you have worked so hard to achieve. Plenty of people experience weight gain at these parties during festive seasons because (generous hosts aside), they get carried away by the good cheer and are not aware of what and how much festive food they are eating. When we consume a big amount of food but don’t use the excess calories up through physical activities, we inevitably end up with unnecessary weight gain over a period of time.
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a list of super easy-to-follow diet tips that can help you remain fit through all the high-calorie celebrations this Diwali.
1. Portion control is key
While there’s no need for you to miss out on all the tasty treats being prepared in your kitchen this Diwali, it is important for you to be mindful about your portion sizes. Trying a little bit of everything will allow you to enjoy the holiday season whilst still maintaining your diet. Remember, you know your body better than anyone else. Listening to your body and eating intuitively will help avoid over-eating and prevent festive binges.
2. Plan out your meals
Don’t become a prey of pre-party starvation. We sometimes tend to not eat all before attending a dinner or a party. However, research shows that we are likely to eat faster and consume far greater quantities of food when we’re hungry. Thus, make sure to eat regular meals throughout the day in order to avoid overeating at the party.
3. Quit hoarding leftovers this festive season
It’s likely that you are going to have extra food on your hands during the holiday season. But you know what they say – out of sight, out of mind. To prevent yourself from constantly reaching out to your refrigerator and munching on the previous day’s leftovers, try finding a good way to use up the excess food. For instance, you can use it to feed dogs on the street or distribute it amongst the homeless or less fortunate. Brightening a stranger’s day will make your holidays even more special and meaningful!
4. Sweat it out
Those extra 20 minutes on the treadmill can go a long way in counteracting the negative effects of the holiday season sweet treats. Weight gain isn’t the only negative effect that excess sugar has on your body. Short term sugar spikes can affect your mood and cause fatigue as well as headaches. Exercising can help regulate blood sugar levels and sweating will help flush out toxins.
5. A fiber-fueled festive season
Remember it’s not only the number of calories you consume that matters, but the type of food you consume as well. Although common festive foods usually lack fibre, making a conscious effort to include fibrous foods into your holiday diets can aid with flushing out of toxins, maintaining regular bowel movements and can keep you feeling full for longer periods.
6. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
Having plenty of fluids is crucial in maintaining a healthy digestive system and in detoxifying your body. Many people tend to confuse their thirst for hunger so not having enough water can cause you to overeat. Fruit juices, coconut water and buttermilk are also great alternatives to help stay hydrated this festive season.
Having said that, remember to let loose and enjoy the holidays with your loved ones. 2020 has been rough for all of us and we all deserve a few days of pure indulgence. While prioritising your health is important, don’t forget to make the most of this festive season!