Diwali 2018: How To Lose Weight During The Upcoming Festive Season

Diwali Weight Loss

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What’s Diwali without sweets, right? It’s that time of the year when you let go a little. Your diet has been put on hold; you can’t be bothered going to the gym. Hey, you’ve been great all year and you deserve a few cheat days and what better time to cheat in the year than Diwali, right? And then it begins. The first sweet leads to the second, the second drink leads to the fourth and before long you’ve piled on all the weight you’d lost after ten full months of working out hard and eating right. So how do you stop from spiralling during Diwali 2018?

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How to lose weight with these diet tips during Diwali 2018

When you’re on a weight loss diet, it is important to strike a balance between what you eat and how much of it you eat. Even when it comes to your cheat meals, keeping a tab on your meal portion is essential. According to nutritionist and food coach, Anupama Menon, there a few diet tips you need to follow if you wish to eat healthy during Diwali 2018. Menon recommends having 30 ml of Triphala juice in the morning. “Consuming layers of fat and sugar night after night along with heavily dressed spices and foods, could drive your digestive system into a frenzy. Triphala help keeps things smooth,” she explains.

Additionally, all the festivities and merry making take place for about 5-6 hours in the evening and probably extend late into the night. So, Menon suggests you should make use of the remaining 18 hours of your day and take time out for exercise for at least 45 minutes. Menon says, “During the day, consume 6-7 cups of greens and other veggies. Drink sufficient water and consume just proteins in the day.” Another thing you could do to ensure weight loss during Diwali 2018, is reduce the foods you consume during the day by about 30 percent as compared to your routine consumption. However, don’t starve yourself otherwise your ghrelin levels (hunger hormone) will spike and you’ll just end p consuming more food at night to compensate. Menon also recommends consuming two tsps of apple cider vinegar daily without fail.

How to maintain your weight during Diwali 2018 with the right diet

Celebrations for Diwali 2018 have most likely already begun, ushering in long nights of playing cards and indulging in sweets and festive food. The longer the merry making continues, it leaves you feeling hungry and reaching out for the plethora of snacks on the table. For times like these, Menon has some easy tips on how to curb your hunger pangs or alter eating habits, during the festive occasion to help you maintain your weight. Menon’s advice is to consume a 10 ml bottle of cold pressed virgin coconut oil combined with a glass of hot water, two hours after dinner. The nutritionist is of the opinion that this concoction will help you curb your cravings reasonably and your appetite too. “If you just need to munch, turn to nuts and salads since they are not only crunchy and satisfying, but are ten times more healthy than your fried chips. Even a glass of buttermilk can be useful to curb that gnawing hunger,” she explains. Furthermore, according to Menon, caffeine-free or at least caffeine reduced teas can be a blessing to help you lose weight. There are a variety of these available in the market, but don’t turn to caffeine because it also affects your sleep. Munching on food late at night during the festive season is inevitable but you stick to proteins or fats, it will help regulate your insulin levels better, according to Menon. To help you eat right during Diwali 2018 and ensure weight loss, the nutritionist has prepared a meal plan for you to follow below.

How to stay healthy during Diwali 2018 with this expert-approved meal plan

Lunch: A bowl of sautéed greens and veggies with sesame seeds, walnuts and a hint of sour cream and a slice of whole wheat bread OR a bowl filled with veggies, pesto, some salsa, 3-4 roasted almonds and just a ¼ cup rice all combined together.

Dinner: Drink a glass of buttermilk or lime juice with a tsp of honey, have and dark chocolate or a few nuts for a snack and then have a full blown cheat meal for dinner.

Snacks throughout the day (at intervals of 1.5 hours): Have yoghurt, buttermilk, a cup of haldi milk (all organic), a slice of whole wheat bread and 1 tsp butter, a fruit, 2 tbsps oats with a tsp of jaggery and half cup almond milk, 10 almonds and such meals through the day at intervals of 1.5 hours each. Menon recommends having small meals like these through the day and skipping main meals. She says, “The trick is to have these small meals just before you get hungry and then a full blown cheat meal for dinner, during the festivities.”

10 food alternatives to consume during Diwali 2018 that ensure you don’t gain weight

According to Menon, festive foods that do not make you gain weight is a myth. Because all traditional festive foods will have a reasonable amount of ghee/oil/sugar or possibly all of these in them. The foods mentioned below have a relatively higher amount of nutrients and can be made with possibly less sugar as compared to their traditional counterparts. So, if you want to lose weight during this festive season, stick to the foods listed below.

1. Dark chocolate almond rocks (No sugar)

Dark chocolate is a relatively healthier sweet alternative if you’re aiming for weight loss during the festive season, since it has lesser quantity of sugar.

2. Makhana roasted in ghee

This is a light yet filling snack that will satiate your hunger pangs between your meals.

3. Dates halwa (no sugar, just the dates for sweetness)

This sweet dish made of the dry fruit is healthier than most other Diwali sweets that are loaded with calories.

4. Dry fruit and nut ladoos combined with jaggery

Jaggery is a healthier alternative to adding some sweetness to your dishes, than sugar. So consume dry fruits and nuts combined with jaggery in your Diwali laddoos to ensure you maintain your weight.

5. Thin poha chivda

Using ghee instead of oil for roasting will ensure to keep your cholesterol levels under control and you can use nuts like peanuts or ground nuts for garnishing.

6. Homemade mathris

You can prepare your traditional mathris (made of hard dough) fried in ghee instead of oil, since hard doughs absorb less oil.

7. Sweet polis

Sweet polis are a traditional Indian dish made of thinly rolled chapatis stuffed with jaggery and cooked on the pan. However, keep your portion size in mind.

8. Carrot halwa

Prepare carrot halwa with coconut sugar and ghee since coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index as compared to other sweeteners.

9. Whole wheat (small sized circles) homemade khakhras as a base

You can consume these healthy, whole wheat khakras with wither chats (imli and teekha chutneys, veggies, dahi, etc) or mushroom and corn topping with a cheese garnish.

10. Dahi wadas

When the wadas get soaked in water after frying, a lot of the oil seeps into the waste water. So, consuming dahi wadas is a healthier alternative to consuming plain ones.

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