The festive season is a time for bonding with loved ones, catching up with friends, and savoring delicious food. However, overindulging in unhealthy foods can lead to weight gain and associated health problems. Here are some tips to help you stay on track with your diet and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Eating a Healthy Diet
It can be challenging to stick to a healthy diet during the festive season as there is an abundance of sweets, savories, fried snacks, and rich, calorie-laden foods. These are often a traditional part of the festival and widely available, making it even more difficult to resist indulging in them. Eating a balanced diet is essential for good health and can help manage your weight by controlling your calorie intake and providing you with essential nutrients.
Instead of store-bought snacks and sweets, try making them at home with healthier ingredients like ragi or bajra flour, jaggery (gud), or unrefined sugar. Swapping whole milk for low-fat milk or ghee (clarified butter) for vegetable shortening is also a better choice. Opt for salads and other veggie sides when eating out. Choose beverages lower in calories, such as water or sugar-free drinks, or alcoholic drinks with a splash of lime or lemon.
Exercise and Sleep
It is tempting to overindulge during the holidays, but doing so can hurt your health. Overindulging in food and drinking alcohol can lead to bloating, water retention, and other unwanted side effects. It is also essential to get enough sleep and exercise, as this will help reduce stress and keep your body in optimal shape.
Avoid skipping meals. This can cause you to eat more at a later meal and will also leave you feeling sluggish. Try to eat a healthy meal before you go to a party or event so you don’t overeat.
Control the Food Portion
At buffets, please select your favorite dishes first and then eat smaller servings. Choosing the healthier options (like salads or vegetables) on your plate first will make it easier to say no to higher-calorie choices later. Ensure the bulk of your plate is filled with veggies or lean proteins so you’ll feel full and satisfied after your meal.
Drink a Glass of Water Every Time You Eat
Drinking a glass of water at the end of each meal will help you control your calorie intake and keep your stomach full and hydrated. When going to a party or gathering, opt for a low-calorie beverage such as water, tea, or coffee instead of soda.
While it is okay to indulge occasionally, be mindful of your overall calorie intake and try to eat more of the healthiest foods on your plate. If you know you’ll be going to a party where you’ll be offered a lot of unhealthy foods, try to eat a larger meal earlier in the day to help you control your portion sizes at the event.