Dr. Amarjeet Bhatia    10-11-2015 Consult

The festival of lights is just around the corner and is a tempting time for all of us. Most of the people generally tend to binge on a lot of sweets and savory's during this time but remember that moderation is the Key and one should always keep one's health and weight in check.

Diwali is definitely the time when we tend to loose track of our eating, drinking and fitness habits. Fatty foods, sweets and other fried snacks should be enjoyed in small amounts. So, here we have some perfect and healthy tips to make you feel absolutely fit this Diwali. So, before you indulge in your favorite eats, these tips will help you achieve your goals with ease.

  1. Be Selective and avoid binging- There are variety of choices available around you, and you are bound to wish to taste a bit of each and every goody. That is what result in binging. So, be selective and do not get greedy. You should always avoid binging on sweets, fried snacks and other foods rich in saturated fats and sodium/sugar. Nuts are a much more nutritious and filling choice than sugar filled sweets and chocolates. Reach for plain nuts as they are a good source of fiber, protein, healthy and essential fatty acids (omega 3, 6 & 9) and also increase your satiety level.    
  2. Controlling Portion Size and Saying 'NO' (to a second serving)- Socialize, mingle, visit your friends and relatives but separate the eating part of it. Stick to your usual routine of eating and same quantity. A lot of substitutes are available but mostly it is important to practice portion control. Take small serving size and chew your food slowly. This will keep your portion size in control and you won't need to make excuses to your host for eating so little.  Opt for roasted and baked snacks or only two or three options offered to you as they are low in calories and keep you full.  If there are variety of sweets, pick the one you like the most or the one you know will be lowest in calories. 
    Saying 'NO' to a second serving will always save you from putting on that extra calories. Moreover it keeps you light and energized to carryout throughout the hectic schedule of the day. So the next time someone offers you a second round of the sweets and snacks, just pass it on to the next person.
  3. Do not go empty stomach- Avoid staying on an empty stomach before Diwali party is bound to make your binge. Make sure you eat before you head out. Some fruits, or a plate of healthy food will make you feel satiate thus avoiding binging/overeating in the Diwali party.
  4. Stay Hydrated - Again, it is very important tip one should never let go of. Not only does water helps in flushing out the toxins from the body, it also helps during hangovers for after those late nights.
  5. Drink in moderation- Diwali signifies celebration and enjoyment, it is better if you limit your alcohol intake. Excess alcohol not only gives you a hangover and makes you look tired but it also increases the risk of accidents on the auspicious day. While drinking alcohol, try to avoid fizzy drinks that are high on sugar and additives- instead try plain soda, tonic water, lemon water or fresh juice. It will help to avoid calorie uptake.
  6. Do some Social service- Do not store excess sweets and snacks at home-instead give them away to poor or needy people. Once out of sight, out of mind.
  7. Physical Activity- More importantly do not give up on exercise schedules, in fact for days during Diwali and for a month after Diwali increase the duration of your exercise by 15 mins. It is better to stay physically active and fit and simultaneously keep the weight gain at bay. Workout or do some yoga or morning brisk walks to help re-energize your body and mind.
With the festival of lights, invest in your wellbeing today, and make a commitment to yourself to stay healthy lifelong. Fitness is important part of life and one should never compromise on health for anything. So, follow the above tips to stay fit and healthy this Diwali
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