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Easy Tips to Stay Fit This Diwali

Diwali calls for celebrations and for a lot of us, it is the second name for “binge eating.” However, this isn’t a good idea because it becomes difficult later to undo all the weight that you put on during the festivities. Follow these tips to stay f

Festival Fever By Ariba Khaliq / Oct 10, 2014

Cutting Down Calories during Diwali

As soon as the festive season of Diwali and fragrance of sweets fill your home, all fitness intentions jump out of the window. Everything in sight looks tempting and we go “it’s okay, it’s Diwali.” But, it actually is not okay to not keep your weight and health in check in the name of festivals. The extra calories and KGs become difficult to shed after the festivities end. Here are some simple and smart ways to celebrate a guilt-free Diwali and stay fit forever.

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Pick Low-fat, Low-sugar Ingredients

All of us make sweets at home for Diwali and we have a say in the ingredients that we pick. Choose ingredients that are low in fat and sugar content so that the end-product is healthy. Be careful about not getting fooled by the “low-fat” label on your ingredients. Also, if you are buying sweets from the market, you can choose either sugar-free or fat-free.

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Use Less Oil

You must have prepared a whole list of delicacies you want to cook for your guests, just make sure you cook them in limited quantity of oil and do everybody’s heart a favour. Having the “occasional” fried food gives you more cholesterol than you think it does. Hence, even occasional oily food should be less on oil.

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Stay Hydrated and Fibre-ated

During the festival season, almost every time is a snack time and you can’t really put your guests or hosts down by refusing to eat. Drinking water at that time does the trick. A glass of water is enough to make your stomach partially full and hence, you will eat less. This way, you limit your calorie intake and indulge in more of talking than eating. Also, dietary fibres help in cutting down calorie count. So, eat fibre-rich foods.

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Eat Consciously

It may be tough, but being conscious of what you eat during festivals helps. When you have an idea of your food intake, you can make adjustments to your diet later. You can also attend an extra workout session after the gala ends. But, it is a good idea to decide in advance how much you will be consuming during the festival and stick to it.

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Alternatives to Sweets

Sweets and fried snacks might be the traditional things you offer your guests when they come to wish you on Diwali, but you can add a hint of health to the plate by putting fruits and nuts on it. When you absolutely want to eat, eat a handful of dried fruits to avoid all the fat and sugar and reduce your calorie intake.

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Eat in Smaller Plates

Small portions fit in small plates and that’s what you want. You tend to eat less when you serve yourself in small plates and bowls and eat with small spoons. Along with this, try to avoid second helping. This is strictly for your junk food quota; eat a healthy amount of main course to keep you charged.

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Plan Your Dinner

If you have already consumed a lot of calories during the day, make sure you cut some amount of calories during dinner. It’s absolutely fine to skip dinner in such a case. You can either have a glass of buttermilk or try some low carb fat-free foods.

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