The celebrations of the victory of good over evil and the happiness for lord Rama having returned home has forced us to gain weight that we struggle to shed off year after year.
The sweets, the desserts and the mom made delicacies are something every person waits for during the festive season and let’s face it - we love it. This is one time when we count our blessings and do not count the calories.
It is only post the festivities that the extra pounds dawn on us. So we bring to you a post Diwali detox to help you get rid of all the extra weight you put on this festive season, binge eating and being a couch potato.
Go Green - Including detoxifying foods in your diet to cleanse your system, especially post - festivities, should be your first step to drop those extra pounds fast and keep them off. Opt for fresh fruits, vegetables and whole ingredients. Spinach, red and green peppers, celery, tomatoes, and fruits like grapes, oranges, melons, apples and bananas are some of the detox super foods that can help you lose weight fast. Don’t forget to sprinkle your dishes with cinnamon, ginger and grated garlic. These spices are packed with health benefits and would reduce the inflammatory chemicals your body produces as a result of eating too many sweets
Eat home cooked food - Try sticking to home - cooked meals to avoid consuming hidden calories present in sauces, marinades, salad dressings, etc. This will not only help you save money but also allow you to control serving sizes and prevent overeating. Eating home - cooked meals means healthier eating and better health outcomes. Avoid junk food completely
Introduce Yoghurt to your diet - Include a bowl of curd (dahi) in your meal to speed up the digestion process and cleanse your system. That’s because Yoghurt contains probiotics which stimulate healthy digestive function and contribute to the maintenance of a healthy gut balance. In fact, Yoghurt specifically has been studied as a calcium - rich food that helps burn fat and promotes weight loss.
Keep your supper light - Eating a light, low - calorie dinner is essential if you’re trying to lose weight. That’s because your metabolism becomes sluggish and slows down at night, and hence can’t burn calories properly and stores more fat in the body instead. In addition, don’t starve yourself, keep eating small meals and often as this can help you win the battle of the bulge
Get moving - A healthy diet combined with exercise can help you shed those extra calories you’ve gained in less time. Try to work out for 30 - 45 minutes every day – you can include moderate - intense activities, such as dancing, swimming, aerobics, cycling, skipping, etc. You can even opt for walking, which is by far the easiest and best activity to stay fit and healthy.
Sleep enough - Make sure that you get 7 - 8 hours of sleep every day to help your body repair and revitalise the wear and tear in the muscles as well as eradicate the harmful toxins.
Drink lots of water - Everyone repeatedly preaches this, but that is also because it works without a doubt. If you don’t drink enough water to flush out toxins stored in your body, all these efforts will be of no use. Drink water throughout the day even if you are not thirsty. This will help you stay hydrated and cleans your system naturally, helping you to lose weight. Drinking water before meals fills the stomach, thus reducing your appetite and aids in weight loss.
If you have cheated on your diet, gorged mindlessly on all sorts of foods this Diwali, just follow our tips blindly and you will be thankful for eternity.
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