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Make this Diwali a guilt-free festivity

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New Delhi: The run-up to Diwali can be a tough time. With all those carb-heavy boozy party invitations flying around, people end up over-indulging. And then, comes the unavoidable bloating.

Diwali is the time when family and friends come together to celebrate the festival of lights and sweets. The day is fast approaching and you’re terrified that you won’t fit into that va-va-voom dress, but then, losing weight may seem more difficult than choosing to let it go. The battle between indulging and abstaining from the festive season can really get tiresome.

However, with a few cunning tricks and moderations, you’ll be able to enjoy the booze, the sloth, the endless party nibbles and still keep your health and weight in check.

To help you have a healthy and fun-filled Diwali, here are some tips:

Prepare yourself for Diwali: This means you need to be careful from few days in advance. While it might seem a daunting task at first, but once you achieve your sexy shape, staying so will be a piece of cake. More than 40 percent of NWCR slimmers found staying slim easier than getting slim.

1. A perfect way to start your day is by having a glass of warm water with a dash of lemon. It doesn’t just clean your gut, but will also help in digestion and reducing belly fat. The November 2008 issue of ‘Journal of Biochemical Nutrition’ stated that polyphenols found in lemons ‘significantly suppressed’ weight gain, insulin resistance, high blood sugar, excessive fat in your bloodstream and accumulation of fat pads.

2. Did you know that drinking 1.5 litres of water a day can help you burn 17,400 calories each year? Swapping your regular water with detox water will not only help remove all the nasty toxins from your body, but will also effectively help de-bloat your tummy.

3. Eating breakfast not only helps you lose weight by warding off hunger, it also helps you to keep the weight off. Data from the US National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) shows that 80 percent of those who keep the weight off eat breakfast every day.

4. Eat clean and avoid starchy carbs to beat a bloated tummy. Replace fried potato chips with wedges made of sweet potatoes, white rice with brown rice and so on. Clean carbs like oats and pumpkins are great staples for a fat-loss nutrition plan.

5. Continuing to control your portion sizes is still important. If you want to watch your weight, avoid using large-sized tableware. A University of Cambridge study, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, suggests that eliminating larger-sized portions from the diet completely could reduce energy intake significantly.

6. Make up your mind to add some time to your workout schedule before and after Diwali. This will help you shed those extra kilos and also prepare your body not to absorb fat through sweets and other rich foods. Walk at least 60 minutes a day or practice yoga. If you feel your weight loss regime has gone flat, try using music on a regular basis to jump start or freshen up the routine.

7. This party season, ditch fizzy drinks and go for sugar-free lassi or buttermilk. Instead of green tea, try peppermint tea. Mint has been used for centuries to aid digestion and tame troubled tummies.

8. Enjoy your pre-Diwali parties but don’t forget to choose your booze. Go for spritzers or wine above calorific cocktails or hefty beers. Observe the single-handful rule with nuts and crisps.

9. Walk off the shopping and trips to the parties. Upping your pace will help you burn off 200 calories in just half an hour.

D-day: Besides the fire crackers, sweets and snacks are indispensable part of this day.

1. With so much going on during Diwali, most of us forget to drink enough water while running errands. Stay hydrated to avoid feeling weak or tired as low fluid intake can inhibits the absorption of other macronutrients in the body.

2. Just stay a bit conscious when you are eating. Moderation is the key. Indulge in festivities, but eat right in the right amount at the right time.

3. Avoid consuming a huge meal. May be, have eight small meals to keep you going and elude the sugar surge.

4. Try to opt for food items that are rich in fibre.

5. Try baking rather than frying your snacks. Baked chaklis and puris, low-fat khakras and roasted chivda are all healthy snack options. Follow a balanced diet by eating more veggies and fruits.

6. If you are planning a party, choose home-made desserts with skimmed milk, jiggery and honey.

7. Choose sensible gifts for your relatives this Diwali. Try gifting them low-calorie sweets and snacks instead of ghee-laden sweets like ladoos and kaju katli. Dry fruits are a better choice of fats.

8. Don’t forget to take proper rest. A well rested body will ensure the right assimilation and absorption of food.

It is important to be well informed about the right ingredients, so stay fit while you enjoy the food fiesta during the festive season. (ANI)