The last 2-3 months of the year are a particularly bad time for sticking to any kind of diet or healthy eating plan. Starting with Navratri and Diwali, and going on to various smaller regional festivals and ending with the major Christmas and New Year parties, temptation stares you in the face all the time with sugary sweets and cakes, delicious rich festive delicacies, and a serious case of non-stop overeating.
We hear you! Festivals are the best time of the year to celebrate with friends and family. And the worst time of the year for your waistline! Now that the festivities are almost done with and you are gearing up for a brand new year ahead, you are probably dealing with the post-feast guilt and the extra kilos, and planning on getting that new gym membership.
Don’t punish yourself for enjoying the festival season. You should not fear food in any form (even if it comes laden with calories). Focus on losing weight the healthy way after an indulgent festival season.
We’ve put together these tips to help you get back in shape.
1- Eat a low-calorie, high protein breakfast
Starting your day with a protein food is also one of the healthiest ways to start your regular day. Having a protein-rich breakfast is known to kill your appetite for the next 3 hours, just enough time to fight off any post-festive season cravings. Also, when you replace a carbohydrate-rich breakfast with high fibre and protein breakfast, you feel fuller for a longer time and feel fresh. Throw in some low-calorie fruits to complete a hearty breakfast.
QNET Tip – Try a Nutriplus Protein Power shake in the morning in place of your usual breakfast. Blend it in with some apples, bananas and spinach for a delicious twist and you’ll be surprised how long it will last you.
2- Hydrate with a detox elixir
Water is the best way to flush out the toxins. Start your day by drinking a large glass of water and keep hydrating throughout the day. It doesn’t have to be boring. Throw in some lemon and cucumber slices, tulsi, and mint leaves and not only does it flavour the water naturally, the Citrus and Vitamin C enriched drinks are known to help reduce fat.
QNET Tip – Try the Nutriplus Celesteal range of teas. Each tea is blended with herbs, flowers, fruits and condiments that have their origin in the Ayurveda. Sip on a cup of Celesteal through the day and enjoy its healing properties that help with digestion, detox, managing blood sugar and promoting circulation.
3- Portion control. Portion control. Portion Control.
To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume, which inevitably means one thing: portion control. This doesn’t mean you have to eat tiny portions of everything. Begin your meal with a vegetable soup or salad and then start with main course so that you can prevent that second serving. Bulk up your meal with veggies. Instead of going for that large serving or rice or that extra roti, add a bigger portion of the sabzi. Have two or three different vegetables on your plate so that it looks full and you are not tempted to pile on more food.
QNET Tip – Start your meals by drinking a big glass of water. Filling your belly with water will naturally make you less likely to overeat. Also, try eating on a smaller plate.
4- Get Fresh
Try to eat more fresh, green and leafy vegetables instead of calorie packed carbohydrates like rice, roti, and fried items. There are numerous benefits of eating a wide variety of leafy green vegetables such as they help in lowering cholesterol, are good for the eyes, good for the bones, etc. Let’s not forget the antioxidant profile of these healthy greens!
QNET Tip – Sprinkle some Nutriplus Fibrefit in your salads or soups or mix them with your vegetable preparation (is odorless and tastless and will blend in easily) to get the added benefit of soluble fibre to aid digestion and provide the prebiotics your body needs.
5- Get moving!
The only way you can make any diet plan work is by incorporating physical activity into your lifestyle. Walking is by far the best activity for even the most exercise-shy person. Now is also a good time to start Yoga. If you don’t have time to go out to a gym or a class, just go to Youtube and search for beginner yoga workout programs and you will find many different options available to suit every age and body type. The best part – no equipment needed! Just 20-30 minutes of Yoga a day (to begin with) will help you feel more flexible, calm your mind and even aid with digestion.