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How not to put on weight this diwali

Diwali is a confusing time - with the need to look your best while eating those gorgeous mithais and farsan. Cant really be called a cake walk.

Here are a few tips that will help you keep weight in check and make it out of the diwali season without those added pounds.

Plan in Advance
It’s all in the head – just condition your mind well in advance about what food group entices you the most – sugar laden sweets or deep fried farsaan and stay clear of them or at least avoid over indulgence. The only way is to moderate and monitor yourself.

Feel guilty
Yes! Let the guilt seep in every time you take a bite of a rich malai sandwich or deep fried greasy aloo samosa. Think about all the workout hours you have put in and that should help dither some of your festive eating plans.

Start at home
It is not possible to control what others are serving for diwali, but you can start the ball rolling at your house by serving healthier food – fruits, nuts and delicious low calorie desserts maybe.

Smaller Portions
Serve food in small portions. Not just because they make things simpler and lighter on the tummy for everyone but also because they are totally the rage. Mini mithais, samosas, cupcakes, brownies, tarts, donuts, kachoris, burfis and desserts in a tiny cup too….basically your favourite dish in a more compact version.

Work today eat tomorrow
If you think not gorging on diwali mithais is an impossible task for you, then make you compensate for it by eating much healthier regular meals weeks before and after the festivities. So say no to the post meal desserts starting now and maybe start having salad for lunch too.

Lesser liquid
The seemingly innocent sweet cutting chais and frothy cappuccinos that get you through your day can be real culprits for unhealthy weight. Avoiding these will help a great deal in creating more balance in your meals during the festive season.

Physical activity
Cleaning the house and cooking up sweets isnt enough make use of the diwali break to participate in an extracurricular activity you love and that also helps keep you fitter. Yoga, martial arts, cycling, or even brisk walks in the winter breeze.

Share your food
There is no harm in saying no when you are really full or want to avoid eating something. People will definitely understand. Yet the best way to avoid all the extra calories without totally missing out of the abundance of gastronomic delights or hurting the feelings of your family n friends is to share your food. After all  sharing is caring.

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