Navratri, Dusshera, Diwali – all our favourite Indian festivals are coming in quick succession and while Navratri is about fasting – Dusshera and Diwali are majorly about feasting (Diwali as we all know about sweets and mithai). Even the most iron-willed dieter would not be able to refuse those delicious motichoor ke ladoo. But what about all the kgs that you managed to drop with months of dieting and exercise – post Dusshera and Diwali celebrations, all the extra weight and more would come pile back on. Festivals bring so much joy, celebration, fun, laughter, and family and friends get together – food takes the center stage. Also, during Diwali, exchange of sweets and sweet boxes is a custom, and when you are in the midst of so many goodies, weight gain post Diwali is imminent, just as in the west, almost everyone gains weight after the Thanksgiving and holiday season. But if you are someone who is desperately trying to lose weight, you do not want to end the festivities on a bad note by gaining weight! It would be a nightmare right? So, how do you celebrate these amazing festivals without putting on extra fat or increasing the numbers on the weighing scale? Read about 4 clever tips to avoid weight gain during Dusshera and Diwali.
1. Make Diwali Sweets without Sugar: How can you even celebrate Diwali without sweets? If you want to indulge in a bit of Indian sweets without actually worrying about putting on a lot of weight, make the sweets without white sugar. You can make use of jaggery, honey or even dates (but do keep in mind that there’s no great difference between the number of calories), and if you want to go completely sugar free, use stevia or xylitol. Also, condensed milk is a strict no-no which is made by adding an insane amount of sugar to milk. Certain other low-cal sweet options are banana barfi halwa, coconut barfi, sugar-free dessert phirni, badam halwa, sweet and spicy nuts, non-fried gujiya (baked), or make the gujiya with whole wheat or oats flour and with filling of nuts, raisins, anjeer and even moong dal. Also, make these in olive oil or desi ghee.
2. Keep Active through the Day: Research has proven that fat-burning enzymes (such as lipoprotein lipase) shut down and become inactive with just 60 to 90 minutes of inactivity. Being on your feet as much as possible will keep these enzymes active and thus you get to burn more calories. If you cannot manage enough time to exercise amid the hustle and bustle of festivities, try to be as much physically active as possible to torch away calories.
3. Eat a Protein-Rich Snack before you attend Diwali Party: We all know that Diwali parties are all about feasting and indulging in treats and food. Before attending any Diwali party, eat a high-protein snack (grilled paneer, apple slices with peanut butter, a handful of nuts, etc. that would keep you full and prevent binging and overeating at Diwali parties. Protein will make you full and there would hardly be any room for everything that’s there on the table. By having something high in protein, you boost satiety hormones and keep the hunger hormones in check, which in turn means that you will be less likely to binge and eat extra calories.
4. Get your 7 Hours Mandatory Sleep: A good night’s sleep is must, festival or no festival to keep metabolism high and running. Without good sleep, all fat-burning hormones slump down and the metabolism also runs low. So, never ever compromise on sleeping hours to lose weight successfully, Diwali or no Diwali.
Summing up, even though it’s hard to stay away from sweets and treats, do avoid high-calorie sweets such as gulab jamun, rasgulla, and rasmalai, etc., that have high sugar content as well. Also, do practice portion control even during festivals. Do not go for second servings, eat from a small plate. Most importantly, do not forget to balance out stress levels. In addition to giving you sleepless nights, stress can play havoc with your fat-burning hormones, slow down the metabolism, and also encourage the body to store more fat – a complete nightmare when you are trying to prevent all those extra calories from feasting from accumulating at the wrong places. Also, if weight loss is on your mind, Rati Beauty diet can help you drop extra kgs as well as inches off the waist. Download the Rati Beauty app for more details. So, are you now excited about Dusshera and Diwali without worrying about weight gain?